and boy, are we screwed:
Look, folks, I am in this field. I have been for more than 30 years.
Losing 36,000 MWs of the most cost-efficient generation capacity in the
US is a disaster. You have no idea how bad the increases are going to
be. They will be disastrous to the individual energy consumers and
apocalyptic to large users – those who create jobs.
I shudder to think of what this is going to do to grid reliability as
well. A lot of those coal plants help support the grid during
disruptions. They regularly provide both energy and MVARs (Mega
Volt-Ampere Reactive) that keep the grid from collapsing when large
loads are added or lost. (That’s about as simple as I can make it and
still be understood.) Losing these stabilizers will make it very hard to
hold the grid. I pity the load dispatchers.
Trust me, people, this is a very big, very bad thing that is happening as a direct result of Barack Obama’s war on coal.