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  • EXT-Mendell, Christopher N
    Jonathan, Thanks for sharing this news item. Aside from the usual myopia and the masterfully spin doctored fossil fuel tyrany oozing from the article: Just
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      Jonathan,
      Thanks for sharing this news item. Aside from the usual myopia and the
      masterfully spin doctored fossil fuel tyrany oozing from the article:
      Just imagine having spent $50 billion over the past 30 years on renewable
      energy technology research & development. It boggles my mind.
      Chris Mendell

      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Jonathan Clemens [SMTP:jclem412@...]
      > Sent: Monday, December 04, 2000 4:21 PM
      > To: hreg@egroups.com
      > Subject: [hreg] Tribune-Review on Americans for Balanced Energy
      > Speech
      >
      > HREG,
      >
      > Please find below a timely and relevant article involving a new
      > organization
      > called "Amercans for Balanced Energy Choices" (ABEC) and their support of
      > coal-powered electricity generation. They bring up good points about the
      > increasing electricity demand and the difficulties in the storage and
      > distribution of natural gas intended for all of the new plants (designed
      > for
      > gas).
      >
      > ABEC folks say there is no magic bullet in the realm of energy solutions.
      > An RE professional voiced his opinion about the subject. The upshot to
      > the
      > article is the coal and electric industry's insistence on using coal to
      > power the increased electricity demand in the decades ahead. Scary.
      >
      > This article is timely, in that it follows yesterday's HREG general
      > meeting
      > where DSM (Demand Side Management) and Deregulation were discussed,
      > featuring Mack Mansfield from Reliant Energy. Mack noted that funding for
      > DSM is down. Also scary.
      >
      > Jonathan
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
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      > To: <CONS-SPST-ENERGY-FORUM@...>
      > Sent: Monday, December 04, 2000 8:50 AM
      > Subject: Fw: Tribune-Review on Americans for Balanced Energy Speech
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      > > Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2000 10:21 PM
      > > Subject: Tribune-Review on Americans for Balanced Energy Speech
      > >
      > >
      > > Business News - Saturday, December 02, 2000
      > >
      > > Cheap, plentiful electricity group's goal
      > >
      > > By William Opalka
      > > TRIBUNE-REVIEW
      > >
      > > Americans have gotten used to cheap and plentiful energy, but a national
      > > energy policy with "balance" must be developed for those conditions to
      > > continue, a former Bush administration energy official told civic
      > > leaders
      > > Friday in Pittsburgh.
      > >
      > > "Our focus is on electricity, because that is what's moving our
      > > economy,"
      > > said Linda Stuntz, former deputy secretary of energy in the Bush
      > > administration, who is now in private law practice in Washington.
      > >
      > > "Balanced" means keeping coal an important part of U.S. electricity
      > > generation, according to Americans for Balanced Energy Choices, a
      > > co-sponsor
      > > of yesterday's luncheon on U.S. energy policy at the Westin William Penn
      > > Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. Washington-based ABEC and the Greater
      > > Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce were co-sponsors.
      > >
      > > Joe Lucas, vice president of communications for ABEC, said Stuntz "has
      > > had
      > > the opportunity to advise the man who is about to become president," in
      > > a
      > > reference to George W. Bush.
      > >
      > > ABEC is sponsoring an energy study, "In Search of a National Energy
      > > Strategy," that Stuntz and two former Democratic government officials
      > > are
      > > writing. It is expected to be released in mid-January.
      > >
      > > Stuntz said key points of the study will include:
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Development of diverse fuel sources,
      > >
      > >
      > > Accelerated research and development,
      > >
      > >
      > > An integrated approach to environmental matters,
      > >
      > >
      > > Extending the time frame to address global warming concerns.
      > >
      > > Lucas said the organization was started nine months ago and has 12,000
      > > members, including 1,500 in Pennsylvania. He said one-third of its more
      > > than
      > > $5 million budget was contributed by investor-owned utilities and rural
      > > electric cooperatives.
      > >
      > > Lucas said the group is seeking to become an active part in a national
      > > dialogue about energy policy "because there are some who would like to
      > > take
      > > coal out of the energy mix."
      > >
      > > Coal in 1998 accounted for 56 percent of the nation's electricity
      > > generation
      > > and 61 percent of Pennsylvania's.
      > >
      > > After Stuntz's speech, a member of the audience disputed both the data
      > > and
      > > perspective she offered. Bill Hopwood, owner of Springhouse Energy
      > > Systems of
      > > Washington County, a 20-year-old solar and wind power company, said
      > > Stuntz
      > > inaccurately depicted as minuscule the contribution that renewable
      > > energy
      > > sources could make.
      > >
      > > "They are advocating coal with providing more than one-half. Is that
      > > balanced?" he asked.
      > >
      > > Stuntz, citing figures from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy
      > > Information Administration, said Americans used 1.4 billion kilowatts of
      > > electricity in 1970. The latest projection is 4.8 billion kilowatts
      > > could be
      > > used yearly by 2020.
      > >
      > > She said it is virtually impossible to produce that much electricity
      > > without
      > > coal as an important generation resource.
      > >
      > > ABEC said industry has spent $50 billion in the past 30 years on cleaner
      > > coal-burning technology.
      > >
      > > She warned against the tendency of industry and government to
      > > concentrate on
      > > "fuel fads," a single energy resource to solve the nation's needs.
      > > "There is
      > > no silver bullet out there," Stuntz said.
      > >
      > > She cited nuclear power and oil as past examples of a primary
      > > alternative
      > > that failed to solve America's energy needs, and fears natural gas has
      > > become
      > > the latest single-source solution.
      > >
      > > Electric utility companies nationwide, including several in
      > > Pennsylvania,
      > > this year have announced construction projects for thousands of
      > > megawatts of
      > > electric generating capacity. Almost all will rely on natural gas as the
      > > primary energy source.
      > >
      > > "I like natural gas, but I don't believe we can build enough (storage
      > > and
      > > delivery) facilities" to keep up with the projected demand over the next
      > > several decades, she said in an interview.
      > >
      > > And she pointed out that natural gas prices hit record highs this week,
      > > with
      > > spot market prices topping $6.50 per thousand cubic feet.
      > >
      > > Renewable resources, like solar and wind power and biomass, will only
      > > contribute a small amount to the nation's energy needs, she said.
      > >
      > >
      > > Jeanne K. Clark
      > > Media Specialist
      > > Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture)
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