January 14 - January 18, 2019

The former site of a Massachusetts coal-and-oil plant was recently converted to a solar farm. Do you think this kind of conversion will become more commonplace as the demand for renewable energy continues to increase?

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Yes. 73%
No. 22%
Other. (Please respond in the comments.) 4%

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Tagged categories: Program/Project Management; Solar; Solar energy

Comment from Scott Sammons, (1/14/2019, 2:49 PM)

The main reason more similar sites will happen is due to the existing infrastructure surrounding such sites, transmission lines as a minimum. I hope to see more low efficiency high mass battery storage research, having many ton saltwater or related batteries located throughout the grid to assist manage usage spikes will be key to sustainable energy development. There is no silver bullet and having worked on the Marble Hill Nuclear Power Plant and witnessing the ensuing debacle from that project's failings, I realize how much effort is needed to make the sales pitch to the public prior to future nuclear development. Quality Reactor design is needed. A lack of quality architectural plans (redline corrections from previous projects were not sent to Marble Hill planners) was a significant factor to the cost overruns in Indiana. As inspectors we have very limited influence and can only assure that the product purchased is meeting the design parameters.

Comment from Lou Lyras, (1/15/2019, 9:14 AM)

Continuing on our current path of digging, drilling, mining, using far more fossil fuels, and disregarding the consequences, is no longer an option. The solution is to build modern state-of-the-art nuclear power plants. The plants you refer too were just the first steps. New ones can be built, (albeit with changes in regulations) and they would be cleanest source of energy that we have with the SMALLEST environmental footprint. Just ask the US Navy. While solar and wind have their place in the energy scheme, we cannot wait any longer for these sources to become our base energy loads. Building nuclear power plants will give us time to develop wind and solar where they can be used. No, there is no time and no other source. But knowing the problems I believe we need to consider public power plants. That can happen with an educated public and politicians who are not the grip of the fossil fuel industry. We cannot let private industry do this, it must be done by us, the people, and we must run these power plants ourselves, saving billions in construction and future energy costs. A nuclear power plant built by private industry can cost well over $20 billion, partially due to unnecessary regulations. The cost can be reduced by at least half, if not more, only if we build and maintain them - the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Navy is doing that right now.

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