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Oil, Gas & Clean Air: A Lack of Energy Policy Meets A Desire to Confront a Problem in Advance Electricity Restructuring Roundtable – December 9, 2005. Seth Kaplan Senior Attorney & Director Clean Energy and Climate Change Project Conservation Law Foundation. The Facts.

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Seth kaplan senior attorney director clean energy and climate change project

Oil, Gas & Clean Air:A Lack of Energy Policy Meets A Desire to Confront a Problem in Advance Electricity Restructuring Roundtable – December 9, 2005

Seth Kaplan

Senior Attorney & Director Clean Energy and Climate Change Project

Conservation Law Foundation


Seth kaplan senior attorney director clean energy and climate change project

The Facts

  • Real changes in regional patterns of electricity use (winter spike) & gas use (increased gas-fired electric generation)

  • Very few plants actually have dual fuel capability

    • (ex. MASSPOWER allowed to burn 15,000 gallons of oil per year, but burned only 226 in 2004 and 4,524 in 2003)

  • DEP has dealt with these kind of situations through emergency powers


Differences in opinion

Differences in opinion .. .

  • The response to these pressures should come through other efforts

    • In the short term through efficiency, DSM, etc…

    • In the long term through even more of this and clean generation

      • The positive relationship between cold & wind in New England – See DOE “Cold Snap” Report

  • Far better to plan for emergency than react on the fly BUT fuel switching is dangerous way to go

    • Oil supply issues as well air emissions questions


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