The new proposed power plants are very bothersome to me. I am glad you shared the below with us. Who else really needs to hear this at the state level? Who are the influencers that we can reach?
Debra Rowe, Ph.D.
U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
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Sustainable Energies and Behavioral Sciences
Congratulations to Kansas Gov. Sebelius for standing up for her convictions.
Granholm has made many commitments for
Structural Downturn in Michigan’s Economy
· The 21CEP electric and capacity needs forecast was completed in summer 2006 and is now out of date. http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/mpsc/electric/capacity/energyplan/index.htm
· The 21CEP forecasted electric sales to grow 1.2% per year.
· In a late 2007 rate case, DTE said their electric demand will actually decline 2%, 2006 thru 2012. And conditions have gotten worse since. http://efile.mpsc.cis.state.mi.us/efile/docs/15417/0001.pdf
· David Littmann, Senior Economist for the
· There is a 21CEP model scenario which approximates this 0%
electric sales growth and it indicates that no new coal plant is needed in
Carbon Legislation, Construction and Coal Costs
· There is strong potential for a carbon tax or cap-and-trade no matter who wins the presidency. Carbon and pollution reduction costs will greatly add to the construction and operating costs of coal plants.
· A recent study (Lazard, March 2008) indicated that wind generation
is now less expensive than new coal.
· The cost of coal from the
Great Energy Efficiency Opportunity in
· Surprisingly, Dow Chemical is strongly supporting energy
efficiency action in
· From the 21CEP Appendix I, P18 Consumers Energy and DTE now
estimate higher current levels for air conditioning market saturation than
previously thought. The higher current market saturation for air-conditioning
leaves little room for future increases, resulting in lower electric demand
growth. (Add to this the fact that there are few
Public Relations Embarrassment
The Governor is giving admirable support for renewable energy,
green jobs and cutting CO2, perhaps her legacy. Wouldn’t it be ironic if up to
seven new coal plants were approved during her remaining tenure? There are
more coal plant proposed in
Take care, frank
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