I have to disagree with your opinion article in the February issue of PE (“Purgatory of Maybe”). As independent power producers, utilities or magazine editors we can no longer sit on the sidelines and wait for the EPA or Congress to resolve anything. We shouldn’t even be debating the premise of global warming, global climate change or whatever these people want to call it this week.
Our industry needs to take an active role in stopping this horrific slide into the abyss of extreme environmentalism. This means being principled and not sitting on the fence waiting for some government agency to set new rules that we all hope to operate under and eke out a profit. Industry publications like yours should start to champion getting the monkey off our backs. California’s independent legislative analysis office just released its findings of what will happen here when the GHG laws take full effect in 2012. Let’s just say there isn’t going to be any green jobs, the price of electricity is going to go through the roof and the availability of power for any industry that might be left in California will lacking.
A leading voice, such as Power Engineering, could expose the junk science behind this scheme and help educate the power industry executives on this fallacy.
Mark A. Sherrill, Maintenance Supervisor
The article “Climate Change a Focus During Keynote Session” in the January issue has two errors. In the first, Pierre Gauthier is quoted as saying that “he believes CCS will be available commercially by 2013.” The date is incorrect. He said he believes CCS will be commercially available by 2015.
In the second, a paragraph mischaracterized some of what Mr. Gauthier tried to convey in his remarks. Mr. Gauthier said the initial costs of CCS are “irrelevant.” A more complete quote would be: “If everyone has to buy it, then everyone will be on the same foot[ing],” Gauthier said. “Many people said NOX and SOX controls would be too expensive to implement, but now they are taken for granted as a normal part of the cost of generating electricity. I’m sure people will be saying the same thing about carbon in the future.”
The February 2009 issue included the article “Afton Combined Cycle with Hybrid Cooling.” The authors wish to credit, as a reference for the article, a 2009 ASME technical publication in which the same authors first reported to ASME the plant cooling system concept and development. The title of that ASME file is “Power2009-81202 – Afton Generating Station, Including Unique Hybrid Cooling.”