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.
A careful investigation on the authors background is warranted.
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.
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.
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
"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".
Coal spokesmen sure get a lot of free ink here.
So a lawyer/lobbyist for the coal industry warns us that we shouldn’t be
mean to the coal industry. Got it.