23 Aug '11, 5am

How to avoid a train wreck: replacing coal with energy efficiency

How to avoid a train wreck: replacing coal with energy efficiency

This post was written by R. Neal Elliott, associate director for research at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and a contributing author at the ACEEE blog . Over the past year, the utility industry has experienced significant angst over pending updates to utility environmental regulations . Of particular concern is the question of whether to invest in plant updates to comply with these regulations, or to retire these plants all together and replace them with new (and most likely natural-gas fueled) power plants. Many inside and outside the utility industry have painted this situation as a crisis in the making. These effects will likely be felt most acutely in a crescent from the Great Plains through the Midwest and down the Appalachians, where utilities rely heavily on coal to generate electricity. Utilities are indicating that they will need to invest b...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-08-22-how-to-avoid-a-train...

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