Cheaper Methane Loses Out To Prettier Wind And Solar
Methane gas is half as expensive as wind power and a tenth the cost of solar power, according to TVA figures.
But it lacks appeal to the rate-paying public. “From a marketing viewpoint, it’s hard to promote,” said Jim Keiffer, TVA senior vice president of marketing.
TVA requires that at least half the energy it creates come from the favorites: solar and wind. From October 2006 to this month, about one percent came from solar panels, 33 percent from burning methane and 66 percent from wind turbines.
The agency’s Web site doesn’t mention how much energy comes from methane. it doesn’t show many pictures of the operation either, using diagrams instead.
Energy Manager News
- Clauses to Consider in Green Leases
- Bahama Yacht Club to Generate Power from Solid Waste
- Duke Energy, USF Launch Solar Battery Research Initiative
- Energy Storage Helps Hotel Reduce Demand Charges by 10%
- EU Smart Campus Pilot Achieves 30% Energy Savings
- Uline to Operate 130 GenDrive Fuel Cell Units from Plug Power
- Los Angeles Shopping Center Installs 504 kW Solar
- SustainCo Wins $575,000 Contract for Energy Management Controls