Utility shelves plan to burn wood | The Columbus Dispatch

FirstEnergy Corp. will abandon its plan to burn wood instead of coal at an Ohio River power plant, company officials said yesterday. Full Story
question

Reynoldsburg, OH

#1 Nov 18, 2010
Why was this even considered?
Macktrapper

Newark, OH

#2 Nov 18, 2010
question wrote:
Why was this even considered?
Someones misguided effort to be more "green"?
MIckey

United States

#3 Nov 18, 2010
"Why was this even considered?"

Because the Ohio Legislature and the PUCO are mandating a Renewable Portfolio Standard that forces power companies to make up to 25% of the electricity from "green sources". This mandate forces power companies to consider things like solar, wind and biomass power plants that will cause our electric rates to increase for no reason other than to placate the tree huggers who do not understand that we do need coal plants for the next several decades to make our electricity.
james16

United States

#4 Nov 18, 2010
burn wood ? where is this plant located? India ?
james16

United States

#5 Nov 18, 2010
MIckey wrote:
"Why was this even considered?"
Because the Ohio Legislature and the PUCO are mandating a Renewable Portfolio Standard that forces power companies to make up to 25% of the electricity from "green sources". This mandate forces power companies to consider things like solar, wind and biomass power plants that will cause our electric rates to increase for no reason other than to placate the tree huggers who do not understand that we do need coal plants for the next several decades to make our electricity.
Or maybe it's because Ohio keeps getting repeatedly sued by Northeastern States and Quebec, which is where Ohio's 19th Century pollution floats off to, damaging millions of acres of forests, lakes,and streams.

Ohio Polluters have known for decades now that they've been breaking the law. They continued to break the law,thinking that they'd have the backing of a Republican legislature. Only when Ohio switched to a Democratic legislature did these companies pretend to be caught off guard.

The time to take care of this issue was 20 years ago. Not wait till the last minute and then blame "tree huggers."
james16

United States

#6 Nov 18, 2010
question wrote:
Why was this even considered?
I'm wondering if they were counting on the millions of trees killed off by the Emerald Ash borer.
Jackson

Ostrander, OH

#7 Nov 18, 2010
What lame-brain come up with this idea? How many millions of dollars went into the study for this -- millions that could have gone into solar and/or wind energy development for this plant that truly is green and forward-thinking?
MIckey

United States

#8 Nov 18, 2010
James16

I bet you voted for Mary Jo Klueless. Ohio polluters have not been breaking the law, but that is the kind of misinformed and untrue attacks that have tarnished Deomcrats like MJK
ottowheat

South Pekin, IL

#9 Nov 18, 2010
Does anybody know? Did ARD (American Rental Direct) provide any equipment for this, like portable generators, chillers or air-conditioning equipment? I see them popping up all over on these larger jobs and we have a project for this spring and they gave us great numbers, just looking for first hand experiences with them?"
Kilowatt

Shippingport, PA

#10 Nov 19, 2010
The only voice of knowledge and reason in this thread is Mickey. Thanks.

James - biomass is a legitimate and recognized source of renewable power. Why would you have a problem with reducing pollution and extending energy options?

Jackson - What you ask for is a matter of public record. Look it up. Or are you here simply to complain?

Here's a case where First Energy was trying to comply with state and federal law AND maintain the economic viability of an asset located in an economically depressed area. As it is, this plant is going down, taking with it the largest single tax source in Belmont County, and probably sounding the end of Shadyside LSD.

But keep posting misinformation if you want. Reasonable people trust facts, not kneejerk chillblains.

Thanks, Judge Sargus!

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