What if MSTI went through the Gallatin Valley?
Unfortunately, the energy business in 2010 is much more about generating, transmitting and selling more energy than it is about using the energy we already have more efficiently. This in a country that wastes fully 70 percent of the electricity it produces. ...We certainly do need more clean, renewable energy, but that clean energy needs to at least start replacing dirty energy, and that just isn't happening.
November 10, 2010
by John Vincent
in Bozeman Daily Chronicle
The Chronicle's Nov. 4 editorial advocating wind power transmission to out of state markets and the burning of Montana's Owl Creek coal for electrical generation calls for a response.
Wind is undeniably a valuable renewable energy resource. We should develop it, but in the right way and as close to the point of use as possible. Transmitting wind power 1,500 miles with up to a 30 percent line loss is both wasteful and expensive. And like all energy resources, wind has its limitations. Because wind is intermittent, variable and sometimes doesn't blow at all, it supplies, on average, only about... [continue via Web link]