A big thanks to Laura Snider for her great report on the Valmont coal plant. The thought of Valmont emitting 40 pounds of mercury per year is shocking. Where does the mercury go? Into our streams, lakes, the land, and in the air we breath. It’s poison. But we burn coal as if there wasn’t a care in the world.
And what about the incredible amount of water being used daily? This plant is consuming 2 million gallons of water per day. In drought years we are required to ration our water, but does the coal plant ration water? Not on your life.
What about the amount of CO2 being emitted? The sheer tonnage of CO2 belching out of the stack each year is truly mind boggling.
And has anyone heard that the price of coal is going up? That means that the cost of electricity will also go up. Furthermore, our precious dollars are being sent to Wyoming for Powder River Basin coal.
The good news is, Xcel has 15,000 MW of wind, solar and biomass bids sitting on their desk. If we build this infrastructure along with efficiency, demand response and storage technologies here, it keeps our energy dollars in Colorado – creating jobs, tax revenue, and clean energy.
Burning coal for electrical generation is a 150-year old technology. We’re in the 21st century. Why aren’t we embracing the potential that is there waiting for us?