Opposition to the Sabal Trail pipeline may be having more widespread effects.
The same day
FERC told Sabal Trail to pay attention to karst limestone sinkhole opposition,
Duke announced it wasn’t going to “modernize” that plant.
Two days later,
Sabal Trail told one of that opposition that it was considering
moving its Suwannee River crossing upstream, that is, away from Duke’s
Ivan Penn wrote for Tampa Bay Times 26 August 2014,
In flip-flop, Duke Energy will buy existing power plant, not build one, Continue reading Duke withdraws Suwannee and Polk plant plans
The nation’s oldest, largest, and most influential
grassroots environmental organization opposes the Sabal Trail pipeline.
Sierra Club PR today (and read to FERC):
TRI-STATE SIERRA CLUB CHAPTERS OPPOSE GAS PIPELINE
Statement of the Georgia, Florida, and Alabama Sierra Club
Chapters Opposing the Sabal Trail Pipeline
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Georgia Sierra Club, (404)-607-1262,
Alabama Sierra Club, email@example.com
ATLANTA, GA—The Georgia, Florida, and Alabama Chapters of
the Sierra Club oppose the 650 mile Sabal Trail Transmission natural
that would carry fracked natural gas extracted from
Pennsylvania and Texas through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Sabal
Trail Transmission, LLC is a joint venture between Spectra Energy
Partners, LLC and and NextEra Energy, Inc. Spectra Energy and its
related companies have been fined repeatedly for safety and
environmental violations throughout the United States including one
fine of $15,000,000.
The proposed pipeline would cut a wide swath through pristine lands
with resulting negative impacts on
endangered species, critical
wildlife habitat, invaluable wetlands, Continue reading Sierra Club Chapters Oppose Sabal Trail Gas Pipeline
Update: 10 Feb 2014: Watch it online or go to one of several other upcoming county commission meetings.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Valdosta, 6 February 2014 —
Local landowner Monica Martin will speak to the Osceola
County Commission about the proposed Sabal Trail methane gas
pipeline and its effects on the aquifer, native wildlife,
and the landscape, plus property values and property rights.
Other local citizens may also speak in the same "Hear
the Audience" section (turn in a "Request to
Speak" form before the meeting). Anyone from anywhere
can come listen, or protest against the pipeline
Monday, February 10 th 2014
Administration Building 4 th Floor
One Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741
Why: Spectra Energy,
which had compressor station leaks in Maine last month and
in Pennsylvania last year, plus multiple fines by Pipeline
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for
corrosion and leaks, and a record $15 million EPA fine for
PCB contamination, proposes a hundred-foot-wide gash through
our lands for their huge 36 inch Sabal Trail gas
pipeline from Alabama through Georgia to feed Florida Power
and Light (FPL) and Duke Energy for no benefit to local
citizens and rate hikes for FPL customers. A one-time
payment is not enough Continue reading Question the Sabal Trail pipeline in Osceola County 2014-02-10
Just as natural gas has beaten coal in less than five years,
solar power is already beating gas,
so betting on LNG exports or even fracked methane
for domestic power is a bad investment.
These are some implications of a new Citi GPS report.
The switch from gas to solar is already happening in Germany
and in the U.S.,
according to Citi GPS in
Energy Darwinism: The Evolution of the Energy Industry,
…moreover, solar steals the most valuable part of electricity
generation at the peak of the day when prices are highest. This
effect has already caused the German utilities to release profit
warnings, with some gas power plants in Germany running for less
than 10 days in 2012, all of which makes some utilities reluctant to
build new gas plants given fears over long term utilisation rates
and hence returns.
And not just in Germany; see page 84:
This is not a ‘tomorrow’ story, as we are already seeing utilities
altering investment plans, even in the shale-driven U.S., with
examples of utilities switching plans for peak-shaving gas plants,
and installing solar farms in their stead.
Wind is also beating coal; page 9 again:
Wind is already overshadowing coal in the second quartile. While
wind’s intermittency is an issue, with more widespread national
adoption it begins to exhibit more baseload characteristics (i.e. it
runs more continuously on an aggregated basis). Hence it becomes a
viable option, without the risk of low utilisation rates in
developed markets, commodity price risk or associated cost of carbon
By no “commodity price risk” they allude to wind requiring no fuel.
And that’s also true of solar, as they spell out on page 90: Continue reading Solar learns faster than any other energy source –Citi GPS