The Fate of the Electricity Industry

Kriz, Margaret
May 2008
Environmental Forum;May/Jun2008, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p12
The article focuses on the electricity industry of the U.S. as well as its needs to construct coal-fired plants to serve American people with sufficient power. The author claims that the increasing habit of American people buying electronic gadgets such as computers, plasma televisions and video games is urging the authority to produce more electricity. To resolve the issue, lawmakers are deliberating over the proposal to construct coal-fired power plants. However, Cambridge Energy Research Associates vice president Lawrence Makovich claims that the proposal is impractical following the high costs of controlling greenhouse gases. He adds that the cost of constructing one has jumped by 130 percent since 2000, thus making it realizable than focusing on renewable energy technologies.


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