By Jay Vincent
Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group
Power companies have numerous examples of how years of delay by environmental and local protests in the permitting process held up power line projects before President Obama gave the green light to transform the initiative into a broad national goal.
The New York Times suggests an opportunity for energy interests to work together in support of a nationwide audit, analysis and facelift of transmission infrastructure serving 21st power demand. However, it also provides an equal opportunity for interests opposed to both renewable projects like wind farms and traditional base load power generation like coal- and gas-fired plants to get together and locally defeat projects by cutting off power’s delivery to demand.
A developing trend in wind energy opposition has been to go after siting transmission infrastructure as a strategy to defeat particular projects that are unwanted due to impacts on wildlife preservation and view shed issues.
The Houston Chronicle looks at how Obama’s energy stimulus package serves and swerves around Texas’s considerable fossil fuel and alternative energy interests.
Jay Vincent is senior vice president for energy, The Saint Consulting Group, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 312.970.5770 Ext: 7502