Alternative energy is a must
Friday, April 26, 2019
Donald van der Vaart in his column “Solar power deals increase electricity bills” states that the long term solar energy contracts which Duke has been forced to accept are bad for Duke customers. In his opinion Duke power customers will be forced to accept overpayments for electricity. In his support of the purportedly lower cost power currently being generated by Duke, he makes no mention of the devastating effects and concomitant costs associated with the burning of fossil fuels, coal and gas, which are the favored energy sources used by Duke.
Not only are these fuels a major cause of respiratory ailments such as asthma but they are the prime cause of global warming and climate change. Climate scientists have warned, that to avoid sever social disruption which will be caused by climate change, we must hold temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degree Celsius. To have a chance of achieving that goal we will have to reduce GHG emissions to a net zero level over the next 30 years.
Duke Energy has shown no signs that it supports that objective; The Integrated Resource Plan filed by Duke with the N.C. Utilities Commission, says renewables (mostly solar) will account for 6 percent of the energy Duke produces in North and South Carolina next year. By 2033, it will account for 8 percent. It opposes having to purchase power from independent solar producers because that does not fit its current economic model.
Mr. van deer Vaart has long denied the science of global warming and climate change. We should not be mistaken. Virtually all responsible scientists and scientific organizations warn that unless we stop emitting CO2 and other gasses we face a catastrophic future. To avoid disaster we must stop burning fossil fuels and switch to sustainable energy. Promoting alternative energy producers has moved North Carolina in the right direction.