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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 11:51 AM
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Energy Regulatory Chief Says New Coal, Nuclear Plants May Be Unnecessary
http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2009/04/22/22greenwire-no-...
April 22, 2009

Energy Regulatory Chief Says New Coal, Nuclear Plants May Be Unnecessary

By NOELLE STRAUB AND PETER BEHR, Greenwire

No new nuclear or coal plants may ever be needed in the United States, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said today.

"We may not need any, ever," Jon Wellinghoff told reporters at a U.S. Energy Association forum.

The FERC chairman's comments go beyond those of other Obama administration officials, who have strongly endorsed greater efficiency and renewables deployment but also say nuclear and fossil energies will continue playing a major role.

Wellinghoff's view also goes beyond the consensus outlook in the electric power industry about future sources of electricity. The industry has assumed that more baseload generation would provide part of an increasing demand for power, along with a rapid deployment of renewable generation, smart grid technologies and demand reduction strategies.

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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 11:57 AM
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1. Let's go for the renewables.
Nothing wrong with nuclear if it's done right, with quality materials and redundant support...

Technology requiring less power helps too.

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chaska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-23-09 12:50 PM
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2. Except that it's wildly expensive both in terms of the cost per watt and the upfront...
costs to build one (And these aren't just limited to financial considerations. Vast amounts of energy are required, as well).

Not to mention the post construction environmental impact, their vulnerability to attack, and the unresolved storage issues.

It's a terrible idea no matter how you slice it.
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