Manufacturers oppose renewable mandate in CES

Large industrial users of electricity oppose a CES mandate for wind and solar power. In comments to the Senate Energy Committee, the Electricity Consumers Resource Council expressed concern that a CES could:

  • Increase electricity costs by tens of billions of dollars because of increases in generation, transmission, storage and back-up costs;
  • Jeopardize the reliability of the power system through an unmanageable increase in intermittent power;

ELCON’s bottom line is that,

If we fail to recognize the significant cost impact, the result will be to put domestic manufacturers at a distinct disadvantage to their growing international competition which in many cases is based in the less developed world. These competitors are often protected from similar policies because they are considered an asset supporting government policies favoring the development of manufacturing technologies which provide significant employment opportunities. ELCON members urge that those developing a CES keep in mind the precarious situation of American manufacturers and not disadvantage them vis a vis their international competitors.

Since a CES will produce zero environmental benefits, why should America take the economic pain for no gain?


Bingaman-Murkowski white paper on CES

Click here for a new white paper on a CES by Sens. Jeff Bingamn (D-NM) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

Modular nuclear in CES?

Small modular reactor development will be included in CES legislation being prepared by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), according to the Clean Energy Report. The legislation won’t be introduced until the completion of a review of the U.S. nuclear fleet ordered by President Obama on March 17.

Nuke industry: No CES without us

While wind and solar rentseekers may view the Fukushima Daiichi disaster as a eliminating the pesky nuclear issue from the clean energy standard debate, as the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) indicated this week, the disaster only muddies the possibility of CES legislation. As reported in the Clean Energy Report:

Alex Flint, NEI’s head of regulatory affairs, said on a March 17 conference call that industry is trying to keep policymakers abreast of events with the best information available. NEI has been compiling reports from the crisis zone and conducting round-the-clock briefings for hundreds of congressional staff and 50 individual members of Congress on the Fukushima disaster, including staff for Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Environment & Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and nuclear safety subcommittee chairman Tom Carper (D-DE).

Flint expects the Fukushima Daiichi catastrophe, once it plays out, to “complicate already complicated energy legislation.” He said the timing and prospects for developing energy legislation are already “hard enough to deduce.”

The translation here is that omitting nukes from a CES will just create another enemy of such legislation.

And if that’s not clear enough to CES rentseekers, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)…

… who chairs a key air and nuclear safety subcommittee, will use upcoming hearings on the Japan nuclear crisis to examine the safety and environmental issues related to all low-carbon energy production, including wind, solar and nuclear power.

No doubt Carper’s hearings will point out that wind and solar kill more people and wildlife, and have more adverse environmental impacts that nuclear power.

Obama CES may exclude energy efficiency

Energy efficiency may be excluded from the Obama administration’s plan for a clean energy standard (CES).

Testifying before a Senate Committee yesterday, the deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency at DOE, Kathleen Hogan said,

“Certainly the administration is supportive of renewable energy in the clean energy standard and is supportive of energy efficiency… I think it’s a question as to does efficiency belong in the clean energy standard or as a set of complementary measures that we believe will deliver the savings that they’re to be achieved.”

No doubt these comments will make the rentseekers at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) very nervous. As ACEEE executive director Steve Nadel avowed in February,

Not all CES proposals include energy efficiency; therefore, we will work hard to make sure America’s cheapest clean energy resource is included.

Clean energy means…. what?

“President Barack Obama wants 80 percent of the nation’s electricity to come from clean energy sources by 2035. Achieving this, he says, will take a mix of solar, wind, nuclear, and even fossil fuels like natural gas and coal. It may also take a liberal definition of “clean.” Energy goals will take new definition of ‘clean’,

Wind, solar urged to not oppose broad CES

Energy lawyer Bill Bice is urging the wind and solar industries to get over their hostility to President Obama’s vision of a broad clean energy standard (CES). Read the rest of this entry »