New Mexico (And Some Navajo) Object To 1,500-megawatt Coal-Fired Power Plant
New Mexico officials said Thursday they will appeal an air-quality permit the U.S. federal government granted…The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a permit Thursday for a 1,500-megawatt coal-fired power plant called Desert Rock being developed on Navajo Nation land by the nation’s Dine Power Authority and by energy company Sithe Global Power LLC. The developers estimate the plant will cost $3 billion.
I believe coal and nuclear power are the past and micro-prodution and renewable resources are the future.
Cost: Nuclear plants are very expensive to build, and getting more so. Worldwide, construction costs have risen much faster for nuclear plants than non-nuclear plants.
Carbon: Because new nuclear power costs far more than its competitors, it buys far less energy per dollar, and therefore displaces far less coal energy per dollar than other sources of power.
Reliability: When nuclear plants go offline, they fail in billion-watt chunks and take a long time to restart.
Security: Proliferation is greatly facilitated by nuclear powerâ€™s flow of materials, equipment, skills, and knowledge, all hidden behind an innocent-looking civilian disguise.
On all these fronts, Lovins says small, distributed energy sources are better buys than nuclear.
Many of the points Amory Lovins makes can also be applied to giant coal-fired power plants. A lot small sources will always be safer than a handful of mammoth producers – safer in terms of environment and safer in terms of failure.