The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System built on five square miles of environmentally sensitive desert on the California-Nevada border is only producing about half the electricity expected.
The plant, the world’s largest, opened in February and was backed by $1.6 billion in federal loan guarantees.
Ivanpah Solar Plant Not Producing What Was Hoped
A Democrat Pennsylvania state senator is telling opponents of energy to take legalities out of context to sabotage the Sunoco Mariner East 2 Pipeline plan.
The proposed pipeline would transport natural gas liquids from the shale fields of western Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook refinery complex on the Delaware River.
Andrew E. Dinniman, who represents the 19th District in Chester County, told members of the Chester County Sierra Club to use Section 27 of the state constitution to encourage local municipalities to harass construction of the line.
Section 27 reads “the people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.”
Well, yes. And it has been accepted that the state Public Utility Commission is the agency to ensure that the air and water et al are protected else if left to every zoning hearing board between Marcus Hook and Houston, Pa., the project would be nickle and dimed into non-existence.
Refinery workers whose jobs and standard of living depend on the natural gas must be made to understand that it is their automatically deducted union dues that fund the campaigns of guys like Dinniman.
Sabotage Pipeline Plan Says Dem
Common Cause PA and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania are waxing outrage that Marcellus Shale drillers spent $8 million on campaign contributions in Pennsylvania since 2007.
Commonwealth Foundation notes that is but a fourth of what the government employee unions spend.
Union Spending Dwarfs Shale Drillers
Sunoco Logistics, announced Sept. 6 that it will build a new, larger pipeline to carry natural gas liquids from Marcellus and Utica shales to the company’s Marcus Hook industrial complex where it will be refined.
Meanwhile, the existing Mariner East 1 line will be expanded from Delmont, Pa. to Houston, Pa.
The new line will have a capacity of 275,000 barrels per day and will run from Ohio, through the West Virginia panhandle to Houston where it will then parallel Mariner East 1 to Marcus Hook.
Mariner East 1 has a capacity of 70,000 barrels per day.
Sunoco Mariner East 2 Pipeline Helps Delco
State Sen. John Rafferty (R-44) introduced SB 1409, June 9, that would change Pennsylvania’s Board of Vehicles Act of 1983 so that a “manufacturer or distributor may own, operate or control a new vehicle dealership trading solely in electric vehicles”.
It contains a whole lot of other conditions so that it basically solely applies to Tesla Motors, the California maker of electric cars that use a franchise-free, web-based, direct sale model.
Existing law prohibits auto makers from selling directly to customers hence the need for franchises to act as middle-men.
Tesla certainly should be allowed to sell directly to customers.
Of course, so should Ford, Toyota, BMW etc.
If the law should be repealed entirely so that all auto-makers may sell directly to consumers via the internet what would happen to the poor franchise owners?
Weathers Dodge in Middletown, Delaware County, was closed in 2010 after 78 years as part of Obama’s plan for reorganizing Chrysler. It became Weathers Motors where it sells used cars and provides superb service.
The former franchises that offer good deals on used cars and provide superb service will survive. The others? Would you shed tears for them?
Tesla Bill Angers Other Auto Makers
James O’Keefe, who may be the nation’s gutsiest journalist, has Hollywood actor Ed Begley Jr., actress Mariel Hemingway and director John Tickell on tape willing to sell this country to Islamic oil interests for $9 million.
A Project Veritas operative posing as a “Muhammad” from a Mideast oil family offered the money to fund an anti-fracking movie because “if Washington D.C. continues fracking, America will be energy-efficient and then won’t need my oil anymore.”
“Sounds good” the Hollywooders said.
Please understand that those so smugly asserted as heroes in our entertainment are so asserted by people who have no understanding of right and wrong, and no concern about what’s in your best interest.
The same applies for those they claim are villains.
Hollywood Treason, Literally
The House Consumer Affairs Committee, April 30, approved HB 2104, which would limit electric rate hikes for customers with variable rate plans to no more than 30 percent per billing cycle, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
Many consumers experienced alarmingly high electric bills, after the harsh winter, said Cox. Most of these unusually high costs affected consumers with variable rate plans.
House Bill 2104 also would require switching requests to be completed within five business days; outline language all electric supplier contracts would contain to clearly explain terms; and give the Public Utility Commission (PUC) specific authority to investigate customer complaints related to the rates charged by electric generation suppliers.
The legislation now awaits additional consideration by the full House.
The Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee last week questioned utility officials and energy experts about the high spikes in consumer electric bills this winter, caused primarily by variable rate electric contracts and the added stress on the electric grid, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
Highlighted during the hearing was the need for greater consumer education, as well as the ability to switch suppliers more quickly.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reported nearly 4,800 informal complaints and nearly 9,000 phone calls from consumers. It is currently investigating those complaints and working with consumers and energy suppliers to resolve any other outstanding issues. The committee is working on legislation that would limit rate increases, prohibit cancellation and early termination fees for variable rate contracts, require the posting of current and historic rates on the PA Power Switch website and reduce the amount of time it takes to switch electric generation suppliers, Cox said
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Hey hippies, indoor marijuana growing accounts for 9 percent of household electricity use in California.
That’s like, like, like a megazillion power plants.
You’re killing the planet, dudes.
Sorry for the harsh buzzkill.
Marijuana Green Unfriendly
What happened March 11, 2011 in Fukushima, Japan wasn’t a nuclear disaster according to physicist Kelvin Kemm. Granted, it was a earthquake and tsunami disaster but the actual destruction caused by the core meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant was minor.
Kemm notes that there no deaths or injuries caused by radiation , and no private property damaged by radiation.
“What there was, was a major media feeding frenzy fueled by the rather remote possibility that there may have been a major radiation leak,” says Kemm.
Kemm notes that the only deaths caused by the meltdown were due to the forced evacuation of thousands of persons leading to heart attacks and disrupted medical treatment.
If a near half-century old nuclear plant can experience a nine magnitude earthquake and 30-foot tsunami without causing nuclear energy related deaths, then nuclear energy is a technology that should be encouraged.
For Kemm’s full article visit here.
Fukushima Wasn’t Nuclear Disaster