The White House last week unveiled a plan to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s existing power plants. The Clean Power Plan gives states flexibility in achieving target reductions – including a nearly 50% cut for New Hampshire.
While the New England region may be well prepared to meet the new standards, through participation in the cap-and-trade program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Clean Power Plan will, no doubt, influence decisions about where and how we get our power. As it is, existing oil and coal plants in the region are aging and retiring. Lower-carbon sources of generation are being proposed to fill the gap left by shuttered power plants. But we are still a long way from realizing our cleaner energy future.
Some projects find themselves stuck between opponents and regulators. The melting pot of solutions is stirred by questions like “what’s really green, what’s reliable, and what should the public be expected to pay?” Even differing technologies are battling it out and, in some cases, squeezing one another out of viability.
Developers, policy makers, and industry analysts all point, time and again, to a dynamic energy future that relies on many diverse sources which deliver lower costs and greater reliability. But we won’t realize those attributes if the disagreements of the few continue to stifle projects that stand to benefit everyone.
Mt. Tom coal plant to close in fall
Possible biomass plant proposed for VY site
The gas-fired power plant planned for Salem likely won’t be done in time
(Boston Business Journal)
Group challenges Maine, New England gas-line expansion plan
(Portland Press Herald)
Lawmakers pledge to fight gas pipeline
The Potential Downside of Natural Gas
(New York Times)