Friday, September 21, 2007

A Green Nuclear Future for New Jersey?

At Forbes, Public Service Enterprise Group President and CEO Larry Izzo is touting the benefits of nuclear energy in a balanced energy portfolio:

[B]oth wind and solar will remain small parts of the energy mix for the foreseeable future. We will still need large power stations that can supply electricity with zero- or low-carbon emissions--and do so abundantly around the clock throughout the year and not just on sunny or windy days.

Nuclear stations are the greenest option available to provide this power. The most widely discussed alternative--carbon capture and storage technology--needs to be developed but is a distant and uncertain prospect at this time.

Looking further ahead, we can anticipate significantly greater demands on the electric grid as we move toward a low-carbon economy. Americans are on course to consume 40% more electricity by 2030. The greening of the transportation sector could conceivably increase this growth considerably more over time: A future in which people plug in their cars to recharge overnight will have an even greater need for the clean air advantages of nuclear-generated electricity.
More on the situation in the state from Patrick Moore.

1 comment:

Ohadi Langis said...

Global warming thaws icy opposition to nuclear energy

What's a megawatt to New Jersey?

The percentage of Americans who believe nuclear energy is an acceptable source of power is up according to a new survey from an MIT political scientist. Stephen Ansolabehere reported 35% of Americans favor increasing the nation's reliance on nuclear energy up from 28% who held that view five years ago. Unfortunately for the nuclear industry, not many of the additional 8% appear to live in New Jersey. There a proposal for a fourth nuclear reactor for Public Service (PSEG) ran into opposition from the NJ Environmental Federation. The group endorses efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, but not with nuclear plants. This seems contrary to their policy position. Full details at URL.