It’s not an energy policy, but … Clean Power Plan lays out potential path There’s been quite a bit of discussion in the news recently about the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which sets new carbon limits for states for the first time and is expected to go into effect this summer. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn’t like it, and wrote that states should hold out against the EPA plan.While I’m not surprised by his opinion, it does remind me of similar arguments I heard in the publishing industry when I began my career more than a decade ago. At that time, the Internet was still a relatively new creation. Google wasn’t yet a noun and a verb and alternative news blogs were just beginning to appear. Many publishing executives were skeptical of the online option - thinking it was just a fad - and didn’t invest in it. A few years later, it turned the industry’s entire profit model on its ear and everyone has been playing catch-up since. I see a similar process happening in the utility industry regarding environmental regulations and renewable energy.While power plants will always play the crucial role of providing baseload power to consumers, the appeal of being able to generate your own electricity and off-set your utility bill with some solar panels on your roof is only growing and becoming more affordable. And while new regulations might increase consumer’s bills, I feel confident saying that my electric bill would continue to go up without them. Companies need to make money and electricity is a necessity of modern life. Consumers will pay the bill, and take their own steps to become more efficient in their usage. Arguments against these realities are short-sighted, failing to see the benefit of planning for where the industry is already headed, toward more renewable sources, increased efficiency and cleaner power-gen production. At the end of the day, this is just business sense.This is where the money is going and states who don’t get onboard will be missing a growth opportunity. Read Ken Silverstein’s excellent March 15 column in Forbes for more on this – you can find it on Energy-Tech’s Facebook page too. Change is hard, but you can either grow with it or watch it go by without you. Growth is generally considered the better option. And speaking of growth, Energy-Tech has several opportunities to grow in your professional knowledge and workplace expertise this month. Check out our calendar for our three online courses this month, particularly the April 23 one-hour webinar with Hurst Boiler and the two-day course, April 28-29, on cooling water solutions with Brad Buecker and Ray Post. And, as always, thanks for reading Energy-Tech.
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