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Houston (Platts)– Coal is projected to provide the majority of US power generation in 2017, retaking the crown from natural gas, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s monthly Short Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday. The agency projects coal will fuel 31.3% of the US’ electricity in 2017 compared with 31.1% for gas.
In 2016, gas surpassed coal as the nation’s primary fuel for the first time, totaling 33.8% of generation compared with 30.4% for coal. The agency has projected gas to be the top fuel in 2017 in most of their reports so far this year, including June’s edition, but increasing gas prices as well as higher hydro generation have pushed gas below coal for the first time.
According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, total U.S. coal production for the week ended Nov. 19 picked up 6.6% year over year to 17.2 million tons, from 16.2 million tons during the same period last year.
For the 52 weeks ended Nov. 19, production posted a 19.8% year-over-year cutback to 739.8 million tonnes, while year-to-date coal output plunged 18.8% year over year to about 657.5 million tons through Nov. 19.
A March 28, 2016 Missoulian article titled, “GEORGE OCHENSKI: New solar jobs far outpace coal” recently caught my attention as the author goes to great lengths to disparage coal-fueled electricity and to compare the relative competitive capabilities of coal vs. solar, the construction of new solar generation capacity, and the job-producing abilities of the coal and solar industries.
Since the author opened up the door on comparing the two industries, it is worthwhile to walk through that door and comment on a few of his claims in the article.
Why raise electricity prices?
Steve Goreham, Climate Science Coalition of America
Last month, Representatives Jared Polis (D Colorado), Ben Ray Luján (D New Mexico), and Ann Kuster (D New Hampshire) introduced the National Renewable Electricity Act of 2013 (RES Act),into the U.S. House of Representatives. The act mandates that all U.S. retail electrical suppliers buy an increasing amount of electricity from renewable energy sources or pay fines for the shortfall. But if the law is passed, it will raise electricity prices for Americans for questionable environmental gains.
ACC’s Jason Hayes weighs in on the future of coal production
Jason Hayes, The American Coal Council
I recently had a call from a reporter at the Boulder Daily Camera. He was seeking comment on a just-published Clean Energy Action (CEA) report that argues American coal production has already peaked and that American coal producers were facing an impending and unavoidable decline.
Solar energy can’t even handle an anti-fossil fuels blow up toy.
This protest presents the world with a powerfully ironic statement on what happens when you expect renewables (even with battery backup) to provide reliable power.
The video is funny and sad at the same time. Funny for the obvious reason that the solar-powered protest went a teensy bit flaccid. Sad that these protestors don’t appear to see the obvious irony and parallels to our larger energy system.
As in real life, when renewable energy can’t keep up with demand, you have to plug into a reliable, fossil-fueled energy source.
Deroy Murdock’s recent NRO article on the ‘green-ness’ of so-called green energy takes renewable energy head on. His article demonstrates, once again, that all forms of energy have impacts on the environment. It is, therefore, the job of the energy industry, elected officials, regulators, and the media to provide balanced facts on the relative costs and benefits of energy policy choices. It is also the job of government and regulators to avoid selecting (and promoting) some energy options at the expense of others, especially when the selected energy sources have their own long (and growing) list of environmental and economic negatives they need to address.
Marlo Lewis from CEI describes his recent drive past the Ivanpah Solar Generation facility. The short version of his post is that solar is still far more expensive than other forms of energy and has its own list of environmental impacts that it must begin to address before it can even begin to claim that it can compete with coal, gas, nuclear, or other energy sources.
So I’m headed back to California from Las Vegas on I-15 when my eyes are dazzled by the light. Immense rectangular objects on three gigantic towers shine brighter than the desert sky in the noonday Sun. I avert my gaze, finding the discomfort level about the same as staring at an oncoming car with the brights on at night. …
Lance Brown at PACE has posted a good article that dissects the arguments of those who claim solar energy isn’t getting a fair shake. Lance points directly to the primary reason that solar still has troubles competing with baseload energy sources like coal, gas, and nuclear – cost.
Here is Lance’s article reprinted with permission from the PACE blog.
What happens when the merits of an argument fail? Change the subject. Blame someone. Or simply deflect attention from the possibility that maybe your approach isn’t the best one out there.