Cheap Renewables Could Make 90% of Proposed Gas Power Plants — and Many Pipelines — Obsolete by 2035
Check out DesmogBlog's coverage of the Applied Economic Clinic's report, sponsored by Mothers Out Front. The truth is we don't need the methane gas supplies that the utilities are claiming we do.
Take, for example, the Atlantic Coast pipeline, a project that would cross West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, and was originally projected to cost roughly $4.5 billion (a price tag which has spiraled up to roughly $7.5 billion as the project has run aground in court challenges, with Moody’s Investor Services downgrading the project to “credit negative” in February).
A report in January by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis questioned the need for the entire project, predicting that demand for natural gas would be eroded by cheap renewables and observing that most of the companies planning to ship gas on the pipeline were actually affiliates of the pipeline’s own sponsors.
In July, 18 Virginia lawmakers wrote to FERC, urging the commission to suspend federal authorization for the pipeline, arguing that developers had failed to show the pipeline was neeeded.
That argument was potentially bolstered this week by the publication of a report focused on a proposed extension of the Atlantic Coast pipeline to Hampton Roads, Virginia. The report was sponsored by Mothers Out Front, an organization focused on fighting climate change.
Dr. Elizabeth A. Stanton, director of the Applied Economics Clinic and author of the report, concluded that the local utility, Virginia Natural Gas, had overestimated demand for natural gas in the region. She noted that the utility’s estimates were five times higher than projections by energy consulting firm Wood MacKenzie.
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Media Advisory for September 10, 2019
Contact: Josh Glasstetter at 202-905-2921 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Telebriefing, New Report on Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Hampton Roads
Author of new report joins community members to evaluate case for Southside Connector
NORFOLK, VA. — On Tuesday, September 10, at 11 a.m., the author of a new report on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline extension to Hampton Roads will participate in a telebriefing with local community members and leaders. Liz Stanton, founder and director of the Applied Economics Clinic, will be joined by Norfolk City Councilwoman Angelia Williams Graves and impacted community members, including a Berkley, Va. resident who lives on the proposed pipeline route.
The Applied Economics Clinic report set out to answer the question of whether Hampton Roads’ electric or gas supply is at risk without increased supply from a new gas pipeline. The report concludes that Virginia Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, has ample gas pipeline capacity and has previously overstated future peak demand.
Local community members and leaders will provide their perspective on the report and the potential impact of the proposed pipeline extension.
WHAT: Telebriefing on Atlantic Coast Pipeline extension to Hampton Roads
- Liz Stanton, founder and director of the Applied Economics Clinic, will unveil her new report, highlighting the key findings and methodology.
- Susan Scerbo, a Chesapeake resident who has raised concerns about the pipeline, will provide her perspective on the report.
- Angela Howard, a Berkley, Va. resident, will speak to the potential impact of the pipeline extension on her life. She lives on the proposed route.
- Councilwoman Angelia Williams Graves(Ward 7) of the Norfolk City Council will speak about her concerns about the pipeline project.
- Kim Sudderth, a Norfolk resident and senior organizer with Mothers Out Front, will moderate the call and Q&A.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m. EST
WHERE: RSVP to Josh Glasstetter at email@example.com 1-202-905-2921 for dial-in information.
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More coverage for Mothers Out Front Fairfax County Electric School Bus initiative launch!
The budding Fairfax County chapter of the national advocacy network Mothers Out Front introduced itself to the larger community on Aug. 20 at Patrick Henry Library in Vienna by launching a Clean Buses for Kids campaign to bring electric buses to Fairfax County Public Schools.
“We felt like it was a great way to do something concrete and make a difference in our local area,” Mothers Out Front Fairfax County co-founder Bobby Monacella said. “…Fairfax can make a really big difference if we switch to electric school buses.”
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VA - Mothers Out Front Fairfax County makes the news again as they call for healthy, electric school buses!
VIENNA, Va. (WDVM) — Mothers Out Front Fairfax, a chapter of the national climate group, wants the Fairfax County School Board to ditch its diesel fueled school buses in exchange for electric school buses; the healthier choice for the kids, and for the environment.
“We have the second-largest fleet in the country, so if we make this change it’s going to make a real impact on the entire country’s emissions,” said Bobby Monacella, co-leader of Mothers Out Front Fairfax. “It’s just important, I think, for everyone in Fairfax County to reach out to the school board and let them know that they care about this.”
One of the biggest challenges we all face is making sure community members are aware of fossil fuel infrastructure work in their neighborhoods. Virginia activists are bringing everyone together to keep people informed.
Members of the Berkley and South Norfolk communities listened intently as panelists spoke about why two pipelines are a danger to the community. The meeting was organized by three organizations: The Chesapeake Pipeline Resistance, Mothers Out Front and The Chesapeake Climate Action Network, to bring an open and honest discussion about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Southside Connector Pipeline.
"We passed the construction coming into the neighborhood," said Kim Miller with Mothers Out Front. Miller said she moved into the neighborhood recently and discovered many of her neighbors don't know what's happening. "Our streets are being diverted. People are thinking they're fixing the roads. I don't think Virginia Natural Gas was doing enough to educate their community they were putting natural gas in their backyards."