Energy, transmission corridors through Utah, West up for review

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  • mp558 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    Thidder: I'd love to live in the word you live in, where environmentalists get "fat salaries." I work at HEAL Utah and frankly I make in the $30s, and we're one of the few groups in town which is actually able to have a paid staff. And most of our money comes from within the state. We can have a good debate about the impacts of transmission cooridors, but I think we can do so without those lame ad hominem attacks.

  • Thidder MAPLETON, UT
    March 29, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    Environmentalist will tie up any sensible plan in court for years. Until we are faced with a terrible financial depression where funding to these environmental groups ends or our very existence is at stake will anything get done.

    As a turncoat from the environmental cause, I know first hand these groups exist to extract donations from big eastern donors. I could no longer take a fat salary from the organization I worked for. I make less money, but my consequence is clear.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    March 29, 2014 7:28 a.m.

    Transmission is the key bottleneck for ALL new electricity sources, whether its clean, price-stable renewable sources or polluting, price-volatile fossil fuel-based sources.

    Distributed renewable energy is one solution for the transmission problem. Spanish Fork's capturing of reliable canyon winds and the use of rooftop solar PV systems can be one way to sidestep the need to massive transmission development as it allows power to be generated near load (consumption) centers. Of course, utilities don't like private solar systems because it literally eliminates customers for them for the next 25 to 40 years (the life of a PV system). And people don't like windmills at the mouth of canyons.

    There's lots of renewable energy in the West, but the transmission lines don't exist -- thus, it is literally stranded, and working with landowners, government agencies, utilities, etc. is a very difficult process to get these lines built.

    The bottom line is that our electricity consumption is destined to increase as we adopt more gadgets and adopt electric vehicles in the coming decade. Transmission must be built.