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April 30, 2008

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Wait just aminute! Did I hear Jack Lessenberry mention carbon-neutral, zero-greenhouse-emission NUCLEAR power? No? Guess I must have just misunderstood.

Maybe "global warming" isn't all that Academy Award-winner Al Gore cracked it up to be.

These bills have been debated for a year and a half. Try following the debate before you write on it. Better that we do nothing on energy in the short term and pay more later. Good plan, Jack.

Jack please ck into the story of how many States allow cash for producing electricty from alt, like wind-solar-bio-gas-ethanol-

by sending the unused electricty back to the grid --thus encouraging thinking and new jobs.

It has been reported on the History Ch -- that the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden Co. has made 1,150 gals of ethanol from one acre of SwitchGrass -by converting the cellulose into sugars and then turning that into the bio fuel -- ethanol--

the Big untold story is where are these cellulose to ethanol plants -- there should be at least one at every school of higher learning.

MI does not have such a law--

Jack
Great topic to bring to the public's attention. Regrettably Michigan is playing catch-up with RPS -- over 25 states have already passed RPS legislation.
I fear, however, your research assistant found minimizes the complexity of the problem. Yes, targets are not being met, but most states have very young RPS programs (13 of the states have programs less than 5 years old). Distribution infrastructure is also a limiting factor, but this too will take time to readjust since renewable power is generally located some distance from the consumer.
An excellent summary on the performance of current RPS programs was published by Berkeley Labs last month (LBNL-154e). I hope staffers and legislators in Lansing will take the time to read it.

I have a hard time seeing the competition in the market now though, so the only thing that would change is that we would pay more. Oh, wait a minute; we get that part all the time anyway!

Until the economics start to change, all the Green in the world will not change things. We look to alternatives only when the cost of not doing so is more than the cost of doing! Were that I am not such a cynic, but alas that is my nature…

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