Stop the Lines!
Opposition to Susquehanna Roseland Powerline Project
PSE&G's proposed Susquehanna-Roseland powerline project was borne as "project mountaineer" , an effort to bring more coal fired energy to the Northeast.
It is now being labeled a "reliability" project. It is being sold this way so that ratepayers in the PJM grid have to pay for it. It must be stopped - energy demand has been dropping in the northeast since 2007, but greed by PSE&G, PPL, PJM, and the coal lobby is still pushing forward trying to ruin our environment so that they can profit.
"PSE&G - we make things work for you"
Information on Project Mountaineer is below.
Ironically, this report that came out in August 2010 which PSE&G contributed to, shows clearly that Demand-response, efficiency, and conservation have had a major impact over the past several years, and that there is actually a huge over supply of energy in our region. Demand-response programs are up 5 fold over the past 5 years!
Read this August 2010 report - it shows that we do not
need more lines!!
Ensuring a Clean, Modern Electric Generating Fleet while Maintaining Electric System Reliability
Some excerpts from the 2005 FERC conference
“As you know, transmission is sited by the states, and so, again, that’s a strong reason for collaboration here, that we’ve got to make this work as a team. Looking to come away with some ideas to which the Commission can assist in promoting the regional planning process to integrate electric resources that are hard to locate closest to customers. These coal plants, the future coal plants in our country, and the existing coal plants, tend to be located relatively remotely from where they’re being used, at least in part, and so to enable the power to get from where it’s generated to where it’s consumed, it important to have a strong and robust delivery system.” p. 13
“The second question is, what do we power plant owners think about regional planning and how can regional planning bodies help us? ... taking a look at these things through the regional state compacts that we’ve tried to put together makes a tremendous amount of sense because it lends credibility to what you’re trying to do.” Mike Morris, President, Chairman, and C.E.O., American Electric Power, (the second largest power producer in the U.S., they produce over 60% of their electricity from coal and are one of the power companies behind the PATH project), p. 186
On why the projects, in addition to being sold as solving reliability issues, should be spun as having economic benefits:
“Finally – and I’ve sat through enough public hearings. If you lay out the value of these lines to parties in a clear economic story, it’s a lot easier for regulators, state and local politicians to get behind them. But if all we do is waive the reliability flag, you know. But for a blackout it’s hard to get people excited about it. But if you say we are going to save X amount in general because this line is going to be build and, oh, by the way, it may help reduce gas prices as well, I think you have a better story to tell.” Williams, p. 202
On the importance of blackouts:
“I think blackouts are also an important aspect of getting transmission built, so please, more blackouts, okay?” Jerry Vaninetti, Management Consultant of the Coal Project Development, p. 205