Apr. 23rd, 2009

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I knew this guy getting the chair of the FERC was going to be a good thing. He's right on the money, imo.

Energy Regulatory Chief Says New Coal, Nuclear Plants May Be Unnecessary - NY Times - 22 Apr 09

"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."


"'I think baseload capacity is going to become an anachronism,' he said. 'Baseload capacity really used to only mean in an economic dispatch, which you dispatch first, what would be the cheapest thing to do. Well, ultimately wind's going to be the cheapest thing to do, so you'll dispatch that first.'

He added, 'People talk about, 'Oh, we need baseload.' It's like people saying we need more computing power, we need mainframes. We don't need mainframes, we have distributed computing.'"


N-Power Too Costly, Says FERC Official - Deseret News - 22 Apr 09

"'They're too expensive,' Jon Wellinghoff told reporters Wednesday at a press conference in Washington hosted by the U.S. Energy Association. 'The last price I saw for a nuke was north of $7,000 a kilowatt. That's more expensive than a solar system.'

Wellinghoff, a Democrat, was appointed chairman by President Barack Obama last month. He has served on the commission since 2006.

Southern Co. and Dominion Resources Inc. are among companies that have submitted applications to U.S. nuclear regulators seeking permission to build as many as 26 new reactors. There are also plans for as many as 87 new coal-fired plants, according to a report this month by the U.S. Energy Department.

'Coal plants are sort of in the same boat,' Wellinghoff said. NV Energy Inc. in his home state of Nevada canceled plans to build a coal plant there when costs grew too high, he said."
webfarmer: (Default)
I knew this guy getting the chair of the FERC was going to be a good thing. He's right on the money, imo.

Energy Regulatory Chief Says New Coal, Nuclear Plants May Be Unnecessary - NY Times - 22 Apr 09

"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."


"'I think baseload capacity is going to become an anachronism,' he said. 'Baseload capacity really used to only mean in an economic dispatch, which you dispatch first, what would be the cheapest thing to do. Well, ultimately wind's going to be the cheapest thing to do, so you'll dispatch that first.'

He added, 'People talk about, 'Oh, we need baseload.' It's like people saying we need more computing power, we need mainframes. We don't need mainframes, we have distributed computing.'"


N-Power Too Costly, Says FERC Official - Deseret News - 22 Apr 09

"'They're too expensive,' Jon Wellinghoff told reporters Wednesday at a press conference in Washington hosted by the U.S. Energy Association. 'The last price I saw for a nuke was north of $7,000 a kilowatt. That's more expensive than a solar system.'

Wellinghoff, a Democrat, was appointed chairman by President Barack Obama last month. He has served on the commission since 2006.

Southern Co. and Dominion Resources Inc. are among companies that have submitted applications to U.S. nuclear regulators seeking permission to build as many as 26 new reactors. There are also plans for as many as 87 new coal-fired plants, according to a report this month by the U.S. Energy Department.

'Coal plants are sort of in the same boat,' Wellinghoff said. NV Energy Inc. in his home state of Nevada canceled plans to build a coal plant there when costs grew too high, he said."

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