It was the 17th century English playwright William Congreve who claimed “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Congreve never met the renewable fuels industry.
Wind and solar lobbyists reacted furiously to a proposal by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry last month that would allow many utilities to recover the full value of their baseload power units for the reliable power they provide to the grid. The secretary agrees with the National Mining Association (NMA) that today’s marketplace ignores the advantage coal and nuclear offer by storing their fuel “on-site” — unlike natural gas, wind and solar that rely on vulnerable or spotty transmission infrastructure or sunny and windy days to deliver electricity to your light switch.
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