Skip to comments.Black Hills to shutter some coal-fired plants
Posted on 08/07/2012 5:35:34 AM PDT by thackney
Black Hills Corp. said Monday that its utilities will close some older coal-fired power plants because it would cost too much to bring them in compliance with new federal and state environmental regulations.
The company said its Colorado Electric subsidiary will idle a plant in Canon City, Colo...
The Black Hills Power subsidiary will suspend operations Aug. 31 at a coal-fired unit in Rapid City, S.D., and retire the plant in March 2014. It also plans to retire plants near Gillette and Osage, Wyo., in March 2014...
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The compliance laws have to do with Global Warming and CO2 regulations. It has nothing to do with reality or pollution, simply out of control gummit.
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I wonder what the MSM and The Government will say this winter and next summer when the Blackouts, Rolling or otherwise, end up killing thousands of people?
Don’t want to be CRUCIFIED now do you?
Actually I think the private sector has sort of saved Baraq and the left on this one.
By finding and producing so much low cost natural gas that can be used for generation.
Frack you, Baraq !!
At least there is a new producer like NG as opposed to the onslaught of coal in Ohio will help. Many states will have no luck when coal is destroyed without NG.
Yes, you do have a point there. So do you want to bet on when the latest, more onerous regulations directed at Natural gas drilling and usage of the product will be issued?
Environmental Protection Agency
Natural Gas Extraction - Hydraulic Fracturing
Problem is NG is 250% higher cost than coal and that doesn’t count having to build new plants. Coal is a far more efficient source than NG or anything else.
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Our government at work, screwing the citizens on a daily basis. Illegals on the other hand? Welcome, Welcome as long as you vote for the democrats. Oh, yeah! Here’s your EBT Card.
The usual...."We're making progress but there is still more to be done".
Cost efficient, maybe, but not energy efficient.
Combined Cycle Integrated Gas Turbines are reaching above 60% efficiency.
“Problem is NG is 250% higher cost”
Actually there is quite the glut of NG. Coal companies are running out of storage place for coal, because they are locked in to coal contracts that will cost them $$ to cancel. Meanwhile they can’t sell the coal generated power because NG plants are undercutting their prices.
I have relatives in SoDak. Last I heard, they were paying around .085/kWh for electricity.
There are also a lot of wind turbines as you drive West on I-90. New huge transmission lines are being installed across Wisconsin to deliver that power to the cities from Madison, WI to Milwaukee and points East.
This is all being fast-tracked by the zer0 administration, according to WI locals who are fighting the transmission towers.
Yes, they admit cost will go up for those who will not receive the power, but who will have the transmission lines going across their property.
When they hit, we need to be prepared to saturate the American consciousness with the phrase “Obama Blackouts”.
“Natural Gas units being built” Indeed they are.
Shale Gas Takes On Coal To Power America’s Electrical Plants
Which is why we need to use as much coal as possible and heat our houses with NG. We need to keep energy production as cheap as possible to rebuild this economy. Coal costs .04 per KW while NG is around .10 although dropping as we bring more production.
Still makes more sense to burn dirt than NG especially with the technology we have today. The CO2 fraud should be discredited and ignored which is what closed these plants.
China is on the right track with coal:
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A kilowatt comparison? Are you only talking about the initial plant construction?
Produced energy costs are measured in $/kWH.
Look at a map of natural gas pipelines for the USA. There are lots of them that route across the Midwestern states.
Until they outlaw fracking.
We are fools for allowing the shut down of all these coal plants that make inexpensive electricity.
coal is a mature/stable priced energy source perfectly suited for electrical generation. We should be building more plants.
NG and awl has been the major source of income for my family since the mid 1930’s and mark my words, we will rue the day we shut the coal plants down.
There is already evidence the NG industry is doing everything it can to drive up the price; shutting in wells, reducing drilling programs, preparing export operations. What will be the price of a KW hour when NG gets to $18.00/1000 cuft? Are we willing to pay 50 cents per KWH to heat our homes?
We should use our coal for electricity while retooling the nuclear. Save NG for home and transportation. (sheese, I never though I would agree with T. Boone)
They won ‘t report it as long as obama is in office. We will be told it is global social justice and glorified as the new standard of living. If Romney wins it will be reported as his fault.
and the coal miners union says, WHAT?
They can always burn bison pies.
To the best of my knowledge, the UMW is supporting OBAMA in 2012. I cannot imagine the UMW supporting ROMNEY.