01 Dec '11, 7pm

Yet more evidence that shutting down coal plants will not threaten reliability, by @drgrist

Yet more evidence that shutting down coal plants will not threaten reliability, by @drgrist

Light bulb: not going off. Photo: Pascal Bovet Remember way back, uh, two days ago when I wrote a post arguing that new EPA rules will not threaten electric system reliability? Well, just in the last day or so, more evidence has emerged to support that position. I enjoy being right, so I'm doing a follow-up post. Hopefully this will not be a daily thing. First, as Inside EPA reports , the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a trade group for investor-owned utilities, has done its own internal study on coal-plant shutdowns. Now, you have to keep in mind that EEI and other industry groups have, in public anyway, been making hysterical predictions about a huge wave of immediate plant shutdowns that will cast whole regions of the country into darkness. So what do they find when they study the matter internally? There will be far fewer shutdowns than industry shills are predicting...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-12-01-evidence-shutting-do...

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