During the Stakeholder meeting yesterday, December 18, 2008, discussed in the previous post, Dan Weekly, Dominion Northeast Government Affairs Director, provided some thoughts on Energy situation in New England.
There should be a greater focus on Fuel Diversity for the Power Generating Plants in New England. Currently, there are too many Natural Gas plants. Natural Gas is not native to New England.
More Base Load Generators should be built (not fueled by natural gas). Siting of these plants should be simplified. Getting the capital to build such a plant is even more difficult in the current economic environment.
Hold a ‘Successful” Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Auction. The current legislation should be changed to reward a non emitter of greenhouse gas as well as the current program for new non emitter plants. For example, Millstone should be credited for the new 75 Megawatts (Mw) that is generated as a result of the recent power uprate.
A National Climate Initiative may be good or bad for New England depending upon the cost. The Midwest won’t be as supportive of a climate initiative so getting the same standards as California or the New England States is not likely.
Changing (Reducing) demand is great but, by itself, won’t solve the energy problems in New England. Billing by time and consumption would be a good incentive.
The opinions of an Electric Industry Executive should be considered when trying to resolve the base load deficiency in New England.