Oil and gas and coal and nuclear and renewables... Oh My!

OK… Let’s get a perspective on power generation for today and tomorrow. There is no argument that renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are getting ample media exposure. The headlines in Vermont claim that the state can be self-sufficient using solar and wind. Massachusetts and Rhode Island made a significant award last week to Avangrid Inc and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to develop the largest wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard. We see solar panels on homes sprouting up throughout the region. One would think that fossil fuels will soon take the same path as the Dodo bird with extinction. Well, in using an old saying from Paul Harvey, ‘here is the rest of the story’ as described by Dr. Linda Capuano from the Energy Information Administration.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

I had the pleasure to attend a presentation held by The New England Business Council that featured Gordon Van Welie, President and CEO of the ISO New England. ISO-NE is the organization that ensures that we always have electricity in New England. The keynote addressed how the energy landscape is shifting from stored fuels, such as coal, oil and nuclear, to ‘just-in-time’ fuels like natural gas and resources that are weather-dependent such as wind and solar.

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