Exploring Hydrocarbon Depletion
Tanada wrote:It all depends on the definition of 'Massive'. A large number of older smaller plants are going to be decommissioned because they do not meet air quality standards and they would cost more to upgrade than the value of their electric output would ever pay for. Cheaper for the Utility companies to close 10 old small plants and build 1 new efficient low pollution producing plant that produces more power with less labor than the 10 old ones generated.
ProudFossil wrote:Since I live in New Mexico which just had over 30,000 homes without heat for up to a week because of the loss of the electric grid in Texas, this is a very salient point for discussion. As you say, replacing ten old plants with one new, modern plant is probably the best scenario. However the EPA and the federal government is not allowing any new ones to be built......
ProudFossil wrote:Now White House Energy Secretary Steven Chu has made it clear that “massive” amounts of coal-fired plants in the United States will be closed down over the next five to eight years.
ProudFossil wrote:How will the following statement by Steven Chu affect Peak Oil?
Now White House Energy Secretary Steven Chu has made it clear that “massive” amounts of coal-fired plants in the United States will be closed down over the next five to eight years.
Are we facing real "let the bastards freeze in the dark" possibilities?
Plantagenet wrote:The Chinese are concerned with developing their country so people have electricity and heat and jobs and stuff like that.