FERC Chairman Says No Nukes, No Coal

By April 22, 2009Economy, Energy

No sense.

From The New York Times’ Greenwire blog, “Energy Regulatory Chief Says New Coal, Nuclear Plants May Be Unnecessary“:

No new nuclear or coal plants may ever be needed in the United States, the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said today.

“We may not need any, ever,” Jon Wellinghoff told reporters at a U.S. Energy Association forum.

And…

Wellinghoff said renewables like wind, solar and biomass will provide enough energy to meet baseload capacity and future energy demands. Nuclear and coal plants are too expensive, he added.

“I think baseload capacity is going to become an anachronism,” he said. “Baseload capacity really used to only mean in an economic dispatch, which you dispatch first, what would be the cheapest thing to do. Well, ultimately wind’s going to be the cheapest thing to do, so you’ll dispatch that first.”

He added, “People talk about, ‘Oh, we need baseload.’ It’s like people saying we need more computing power, we need mainframes. We don’t need mainframes, we have distributed computing.”

This is flabbergasting. It’s just so disconnected from the reality of U.S. manufacturing and people’s daily lives.

(Hat tip: Brad Peck at The ChamberPost)

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