Guest opinion: Utilities warn of threat to U.S. power grid

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    April 21, 2019 8:06 a.m.

    Aside from pollution, one of the problems with coal and nuclear is that they produce power 24/7 whether that power is needed or not. Because these sources can't be easily throttled up or down depending on demand or availability of cheaper resources, it often means power has to be produced (consuming fuel when unnecessary), and utilities often have to sell it on the open market at a discount or loss. In Texas, utilities complain of "negative pricing" for power when wind is producing so abundantly that coal-generated power has to be sold at a loss because the coal plants can't be throttled back to accommodate wind (which doesn't consumer fuel and therefore cheaper to use).

    Aside from being cleaner, the benefit of natural gas and renewables is that they mutually support each other. As renewable energy ramps up (offering energy at zero marginal cost -- meaning it doesn't consume any costly fuel), natural gas can be throttled back to conserve gas. No unnecessary use of natural gas when not needed.

    What we need is FLEXIBLE power generation -- not more rigid 24/7 power that produces when it is not needed to meet load. Gas provides that flexibility.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    April 20, 2019 7:42 a.m.

    A careful investigation on the authors background is warranted.

  • dogbreath Francis, UT
    April 19, 2019 7:53 p.m.

    As one who is closely aligned with energy production by way of employment, the author is spot on with his timely assessment of the situation.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    April 19, 2019 2:47 p.m.

    Are you kidding me?

    Quoting data from the IEA is deemed " Comment included overly speculative thoughts or information not included in the story." Are you serious?

    Meanwhile you print this oped by a lobbiest with no real data... and I am being overly speculative? This is the data the US government uses to do their energy projects.... You are way abusing your discretion here.... and it is shameful.

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    April 19, 2019 12:43 p.m.

    We’ve now seen 3 opeds this week from coal lobbyists. When will we see any from environmentalists and scientists? A little more balance would sure be nice dnews.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 19, 2019 10:23 a.m.

    "Terry M. Jarrett is an energy attorney and consultant who has served on both the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the Missouri Public Service Commission."

    C'mon D-News. Terry Jarrett is also a coal lobbyist and belongs to the National Mining Association and the Indiana Coal Council. He's been writing this same opinion, with a few twists for the past 5 years. Many of his opinion pieces have been debunked and labeled "industry rhetoric".

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 19, 2019 9:10 a.m.

    Coal spokesmen sure get a lot of free ink here.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2019 8:09 a.m.

    So a lawyer/lobbyist for the coal industry warns us that we shouldn’t be mean to the coal industry. Got it.