New White Paper from America's Power Highlights Continued Importance of the Coal Fleet
Today, America’s Power released its latest white paper, “The Value of Coal and the Nation’s Coal Fleet.” The white paper highlights the important role the nation’s coal fleet plays in six key areas of the electric grid: helping to assure the grid is both reliable and resilient; providing fuel security; serving as an insurance policy at critical times; producing affordable electricity; contributing to fuel diversity; and supporting national security. Read more here.
A reminder of essential value of coal power
Pennsylvanians are keenly aware that the state’s weather can be unforgiving. The nation’s latest turn with the polar vortex was a reminder of just how unforgiving it can be, both in the Commonwealth and around most of the country. With temperatures dipping well-below zero in most regions, our energy systems, particularly the electricity grid, were pushed to the limit. Once again, coal power plants came to the rescue to ensure the lights stayed on and our heating systems kept us comfortable. Read more here.
Statewide View: Minnesota ought to be concered by the state's sweeping energy transformation Renewable energy has certainly been in the news of late, with a number of states announcing efforts to ramp up wind and solar power. Minnesota is now joining this green movement, thanks to legislation introduced by Sen. Nick Frentz, DFL-North Mankato, and Rep. Jamie Long, DFL-Minneapolis. The two are hoping to raise Minnesota's renewable-energy standard to at least 80 percent by 2035, with a full shift to 100 percent by 2050.
Essentially, Frentz and Long are aiming Minnesota toward a future built mostly on wind and solar power within the next 30 years. Is this practical? And what might it cost?
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