Perplexing energy policy
Ian Bowles, the state's secretary of energy and environmental affairs, argues that plenty of alternative power sources have emerged to date and supply should not be a big problem in the future. That seems like wishful thinking.
Wind power, especially offshore windmills, and solar power are not cost-competitive today. I doubt offshore wind will compete on price in my lifetime, and I'm convinced solar power in the Northeast will remain too costly.
October 26, 2010
by Steven Syre
in Boston Globe
What is the point of the state's renewable energy policy?
Of course: We're trying to produce a much larger amount of renewable energy as reliably and affordably as possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit our reliance on fossil fuels. That's what I thought.
But events of recent days, reported by the Globe's Beth Daley, make me wonder. First, Governor Deval Patrick was in the news pushing back against the idea of labeling hydropower from Canada as renewable energy, a formal designation it does not hold. Then state officials proposed much tougher standards for wood-burning biomass power to... [continue via Web link]