Energy source doesn’t matter, as long as there is heat

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The past few weeks of snow and cold temperatures has caused us to be more conscious of our heating bills and more conscious of the power generation choices we have. Some have termed, “the gales of change” that already have blown through American power in the past few years give no indication the rapid pace will die down into future years.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration sees double-digit growth in electricity generation from solar and wind over the next two years, pushing wind past hydro as our country’s largest source of renewable power. Power generation change 2018-2020 predicts renewables (minus hydropower) will increase over 23.3 percent, natural gas up 3.6 percent, hydropower a minus 0.1 percent, nuclear a minus 4.5 percent, coal a minus 15.5 percent.
Shares of TOTAL generation comparisons for 2018-2020 show natural gas will generate the top power share with a jump to 37 percent by 2020; coal falls from 28 percent to 24 percent; nuclear generation posts no gain to remain at 19 percent; renewables increase from 10 to 13 percent; and hydropower stays the same at 7 percent.
Sorry to bore you with some of this information. But, I find when we have near zero temperatures and snow on the ground I really don’t care which renewable source provides me the comfort of the heat in my home . . . just as long as it’s clean and there when we need it. And yes, no matter the fuel source, I’ll not be able to break the habit of looking at the thermostat and not see dollar signs coming out the heat vents.
In another related hot and cold matter, a teacher asked a pupil, “Could you give me a good example of how heat expands things and cold contracts them?”
The pupil answered, “Well, the days are much longer in the summer.”
 Let us not forget that a good deal of our prosperous appearance is due to the driving a mortgaged car over a bonded road.
Final thought: The Betterhalf tells me she fails to understand how a man can sit in a boat for hours hoping to catch a fish and then will still complain when she has dinner 10 minutes late.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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