Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The End of Coal-Generated Electricity?

Not good news.

EPA officials have suggested to Kansas environmental officials that integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology be considered as “best available control technology” for the controversial coal-fired Holcomb Power Plant proposed to be built by Sunflower Electric Power Corp.

But this is a thinly-veiled effort by the EPA to apply pressure against the construction of new coal-fired power plants.

IGCC, which involves turning coal into gas before combustion, is an expensive and a not-ready-for-prime-time technology that could force utilities simply to opt out of coal and into natural gas.

Hey! It costs a helluvalot, and doesn't work reliably.

The model for ObamaHealth, too!

HT: GreenHell

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