Sunday, February 9, 2014

This is Why Illinois Needs a Governor with an Actual Energy Policy




 
For over a year I've been following the Illinois Energy market and Exelon, ComEd, and Ameren.  What we are doing in Illinois makes me ask “What the heck is the matter with the Illinois Governor and a lack of a coherent energy policy!?!?”

Perhaps no one else follows Crain’s Chicago Business writer Steve Daniels, but he writes some decent stuff about the energy industry in Illinois.  Daniels isn’t much for commentary and when reading his news articles, there is usually so much more commentary that could be said.  This last week he reported on Exelon’s CEO Chris Crane’s investor conference call.  With energy prices being so low from a surplus of the energy supply and demand not increasing as pundits expected, Exelon is considering closing the Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear plant in Illinois.

Is anyone else standing back and asking what is going on here?

Exelon provides over 2,800 megawatts of baseload energy from the Quad Cities and Clintonstantions.  The Quad Cities plant employees 900 people, pays over $7 million in local taxes and generates 1,737 megawatts from the two reactors.   The one reactor at Clinton, Illinois produces 1,078 MW of energy, employees 652 people, and pays over $13 million in local taxes. 


Illinois is looking at losing about 1,550 actual jobs and about $20 million in annual local tax income from these two nuclear stations.  At the same time, Illinois is potentially supporting a 3,500 MW powerline for wind energy from the other side of Iowa. We’ll lose $20 million annually in local taxes but potentially gain $7,000 per mile from the Rock Island Clean Line transmission business plan.

This screams a need of a state energy policy beyond a Renewable Portfolio Standard.  Why is the Illinois Governor willing to sacrifice 2,800 MW of baseload energy for 3,500 MW of intermittent and unreliable wind energy from the other side of Iowa? 

Why is the Illinois Governor willing to risk losing the tax dollars, the jobs, and energy independence for a powerline project for wind energy from 500 miles away?

Anybody but an absolute idiot would say let’s keep the jobs in Illinois, let’s keep the tax money in Illinois, let’s keep the baseload energy in Illinois, and lets tell Clean Line Energy to come back when they have a better business plan.  Illinois needs a Governor with an actual Energy Policy for the state.  

 What Illinois has now is something that is not an energy policy based on politics, campaign contributions and lobbyists.  We have a Renewable Portfolio Standard created by the American Wind Energy Association Lobbyists through a Bill Mill with the Council of State Governments.  


     “We have created in less than a decade in Illinois a wind energy industry that
      not only has construction, it has all this work on transmission which takes a lot 
      of effort by a lot of different people,” Gov. Quinn pointed out at the AWEA 
      conference. “All those folks involved in all the components parts of a wind 
      turbine. This is really a giant industry.”  -Gov Pat Quinn



      “Lots and lots of people want to be able to rely on renewable energy. We don’t
      want to be dependent on foreign potentates who have a stranglehold over 
      energy supply. We don’t want to be beholden to them. Often times they don’t
      have any regard for democracy. We’ve got to have our own independent, 
      all-American energy and we’ve got to build the infrastructure to deliver that to 
      where it’s needed, not only in the Midwest but in the East Coast.” -Gov Pat Quinn

Governor Quinn, why are you willing to losing Illinois energy jobs for 
wind Energy from the other side of Iowa?
“We have created in less than a decade in Illinois a wind energy industry that not only has construction, it has all this work on transmission which takes a lot of effort by a lot of different people,” Gov. Quinn pointed out at the AWEA conference. “All those folks involved in all the components parts of a wind turbine. This is really a giant industry.”
Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/07/big-wind-renewable-energy-boost-as-illinois-gov-quinn-announces-rock-island-clean-line-project-labor-agreement/#Worqqx7mPLu07kLX.99
“We have created in less than a decade in Illinois a wind energy industry that not only has construction, it has all this work on transmission which takes a lot of effort by a lot of different people,” Gov. Quinn pointed out at the AWEA conference. “All those folks involved in all the components parts of a wind turbine. This is really a giant industry.”
Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/07/big-wind-renewable-energy-boost-as-illinois-gov-quinn-announces-rock-island-clean-line-project-labor-agreement/#Worqqx7mPLu07kLX.99

1 comment:

  1. I didn't vote for Pat and he has no business in East Coast energy policy. He has no idea what the East Coast "needs."

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