Skip to comments.Reid tells four companies no coal power in Nevada
Posted on 07/26/2007 7:56:38 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada sent a letter this week to four companies telling them not to build planned coal-burning power plants in his state.
Reid's letter, dated Monday, was addressed to the corporate leaders of the Sierra Pacific Resources, private equity LS Power Group, Dynegy Inc. and Sithe Global Power LLC. A copy of the letter was obtained by Reuters on Thursday.
"I am writing to each of you regarding your company's proposal to build new coal-fired power plants in eastern Nevada and to express my strong opposition to those plants," Reid wrote.
The Democratic senator said he will use his influential post in Congress to keep coal plants out of Nevada.
"Because I believe that developing renewable energy in Nevada is far preferable to coal for the sake of our economy, public health and the environment, I will use every means at my disposal to prevent the construction of new coal-fired power plants in Nevada that do not capture and permanently store greenhouse gas emissions," Reid wrote.
Reid said he'd rather have the state focus on renewable power and energy efficiency. He also opposes nuclear power for Nevada and the Yucca Mountain site in the state for storage of nuclear waste.
Reid said "the state's demand for energy can be met largely through new renewable energy, energy efficiency and demand-side management."
That's just unrealistic in a fast-growing state where power use is on the rise, particularly in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, said Frank Maisano of energy company advocate Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.
"Given the massive growth in the region, (Reid's letter) is probably not reflective of reality to say we are not going to build any new coal plants," said Maisano, acting as spokesman for Sithe Global, which is owned by the Blackstone Group's Blackstone Capital Partners (80 percent) and Reservoir Capital Group (20 percent.
"Senator Reid is also opposed to nuclear power, so I don't know how they are going to meet Nevada's growing power needs," Maisano said.
About 70 percent of the power generated in Nevada is from natural gas-fired plants and 13 percent by coal-fired plants, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. There are no nuclear power plants in Nevada.
Coal-fired plants account for 50 percent of U.S. electricity generation, nuclear power for 20 percent, and natural gas-fired plants for 18 percent.
“Senator Reid is also opposed to nuclear power, so I don’t know how they are going to meet Nevada’s growing power needs,” ..
Good. Won’t have to worry about business competition from Nevada.
If any of these companies already supply Nevada with power, they out to sell it somewhere else, like Kalifornia.
Sounds like a good time to build a coal fired plant in Nevada.
Delusions of being God?
Well maybe they could shut Vegas down at dark.
If the politicians in Ca had any brains, they would build nuclear power plants and when Nevada started having their rolling blackouts because of inadequate generation, Ca could sell them power at a premium.
Or a good time to start having trouble with the transmission lines to Reid’s house.
The Governor should tell Reid to go ^#%$ himself.
Who needs Viagra when you have power...
The most likely reason is that he need more time to aquire the land they want to build the plants on.
Reid, what a pice of work. Does this guy even have enough intelligence to tie his own shoes? Gee, if they arent smart enough to dig ditches, send the to the Senate (Kennedy comes to mind).
Luddite monkey. (apology to monkeys)
And... I'm from Texas!
I guess some folks haven’t paid their tribute.
Since the power grid is shared, unfortunately the cost is spread out (for the most part) between different points of demand, meaning if Neveda has more demand but does not build for more supply, then everybody elses rates will get jacked up until a powerplant is built somewhere else. It would be great if Nevedans were forced to pay for electing that jackass and his stupidity...
Gosh. I never knew Reid was an expert in power generation and transmission. What an arrogant snot.
These idiotic, mind numbed, blind, mental midgets do not like any powerplants other than natural gas. As a result, anybody that has a house heated with natural gas better get ready because someday it is gonna cost you 1000 bucks a month in winter to heat it.
ps - never heard them complain about all the millions of houses in the north east heated with oil fired heating either and they gotta be real positive carbon footprinted systems.
So build plants elsewhere. All the better. We could use the jobs here.