RE: [hreg] Tribune-Review on Americans for Balanced Energy Speech
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.
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> From: Jonathan Clemens [SMTP:jclem412@...]
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> Subject: [hreg] Tribune-Review on Americans for Balanced Energy
> Please find below a timely and relevant article involving a new
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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.
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> > 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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