Alternatives Energy Sources are Beginning to Take Off - Page 2
In today's modern world, I can see we shouldn't add any additional coal plants when that money could be better spent on dealing with the issues of existing coal plants (some aging and with dangerous pollution issues). They and other industries seem to think more of their bottom line than the people who live near their complexes (or downstream or down wind from them) all while contributing to some bad chemical/pollutant disasters among human and nature populations. But I also see that it's a difficult nut to crack in a down economy. And yes, I know Rome wasn't built in a day.
However, recently, a friend mentioned that the cost of some alternative energy sources were competitive now, or even cheaper than fossil fuels like coal.
So I started looking at that, particularly when you factor in all the costs of getting the coal (mountain top removal in most cases), transporting the coal (rail and/or ship/barge), as well as burning the coal, and dealing with the costs of safe storage of coal/fly ash and transportation to approved dumping locations when the on site landfill gets full (which they do very quickly), and of course the government fees and penalties already in place (even before the new Clean Air Act). However, I was dubious to say the least. It had only been a few months since I had tried to do a cursory look at this and the actual numbers are hard to find. I still am looking to get hard data on the current pricing between fossil fuels and alternative energy sources to see if it has actually come down enough to truly compete with 'dirty' coal (even at its cleanest).
I have a vested interest in this knowledge because I am one of 300+ souls who live in the tiny Town of Dendron, in Surry County, Virginia (USA) where Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) wants to build a 1500 MW baseload coal fired power plant in our town's 'backyard' — the biggest one in VA. Every resident of Dendron, and our water supply, will be within one mile of this new plant and the Surry County schools will be within three miles of it.
So, if someone does have recent statistics (within the last couple months) on this, please let us know in the comment section.Continued on the next page