30 Nov '11, 11am

Once more, from the top: Shutting down dirty coal plants won’t cause blackouts

Once more, from the top: Shutting down dirty coal plants won’t cause blackouts

Don't believe the scaremongers. Could Americans soon be forced to suffer through rolling blackouts and power shortages because of a heartless, hapless, tyrannical EPA, as conservatives and dirty utilities are suggesting? The short answer is, no. The long answer is, no. But the long one requires a bit of explanation. A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conference on electrical-system reliability, along with the release of a couple new reports, has revived a simmering dispute over the effects of upcoming EPA regulations. (Did you nod off just now? Nothing to be ashamed of, it's a perfectly human reaction to hearing the term "FERC conference." Splash a little water on your face.) According to utility execs, grid operators, and politicians from coal-heavy areas, those regulations will force the shutdown of so many dirty old coal plants that we'll have trouble keeping...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-11-29-shutting-down-dirty-...

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