So this isn’t to scare anyone, or demagogue the “war on coal.” But here’s some perspective on what it means to lose 36,000 megawatts of coal-fired electricity. From Blue Crab Boulevard (H/T Instapundit):
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.
Tomorrow, when I awaken from my joyous hangover from Kansas State’s glorious ass-whoopin of Oklahoma (at Oklahoma!) I may add a little perspective to all of this.