State Rep. Ott ignores energy economics

Posted on March 1, 2010. Filed under: General |


A letter from Michael Vickerman to the editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Just as state Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) rejects science when he denies global warming, he rejects the economics of electricity production (Your opinions, Feb. 18).

He need only look at a utility bill to see the clear impact of wind energy on electricity rates – little to none. For instance, Madison Gas and Electric already has met its 2015 renewable energy quota, and the average household’s electric bill rose only 1.4% a year since 2006, the year the state adopted the current standard. A variety of capital projects fueled the modest increase, new wind generation facilities being only one.

While Ott champions nuclear energy, he overlooks the inconvenient fact that many states don’t have statutory impediments to nuclear construction. Why don’t we see new nuclear plants in those states? It’s simple economics. The crushing cost of new nuclear plants would likely bankrupt any utility reckless enough to commit billions of dollars building the next generation of these white elephants.

Facts, not fantasies, should determine Wisconsin’s energy future.

Michael Vickerman
Executive director
RENEW Wisconsin
Madison

Advertisements

Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

    About

    A statewide nonprofit dedicated to promoting economically and environmentally sustainable energy policies and practices in Wisconsin.

    RSS

    Subscribe Via RSS

    • Subscribe with Bloglines
    • Add your feed to Newsburst from CNET News.com
    • Subscribe in Google Reader
    • Add to My Yahoo!
    • Subscribe in NewsGator Online
    • The latest comments to all posts in RSS

    Meta

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: