The Future of Energy: Policy, Technology & Cost


In this photo taken Oct. 23, 2012, a ship is seen in the distance moored at the BP oil refinery in the Strait of Georgia just beyond the location of a proposed coal exporting terminal in Ferndale, Wash., near Bellingham, Wash. The progressive college town of Bellingham is at the center of one of the fiercest environmental debates in the region: should the Northwest become a hub for exporting U.S. coal to Asia? A proposal to build one of as many as five coal terminals here has divided the town, pitting union and businesses that welcome jobs against environmentalists who worry about coal dust and greenhouse gas emissions. A trade group is running TV ads touting the projects, while numerous cities such as Seattle and Portland are opposing coal trains through their communities. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

If the President’s ideas are turned into enforceable policy, we can expect a significant impact on the energy industry in the United States. And as always, the operators of plants will be on the frontline, pitting the need for efficient and effective plant operations against the limits imposed by environmental regulation. With so much at stake, we at the Chief Engineer thought it might be a good idea to review just what may ultimately be contained in final energy policy and give a little insight into how those plans may effect plat operations.

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