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Former TVA chairman David Freeman calls for solar power

Look to solar energy, Post and Courier, S. David Freeman, Former TVA chairman, 20 Aug 17 

Perhaps we should thank the Lord that the nuclear meltdown by Santee Cooper was just financial. Based on their performance in trying to build the two reactors, one must be somewhat concerned whether, if they completed them, they would operate reliably and safely.

There is a lesson to be learned from this experience but surely the first thought should not be to spend good money because a bad judgment was made. The lesson to be learned is that the world of electricity has changed and solar power is cheaper than nuclear power.

Santee Cooper should accept this basic fact and go back to its original mission of low-cost electricity, which today means solar and wind backed by storage and used efficiently.

 Nuclear is not a religion that one believes in. It is one way of making electricity that has turned out to be more expensive than alternatives that are now available.

Selling Santee Cooper to get the money to complete the nukes would be like a gambler who had lost a lot of money and took out a mortgage on his house to “win” back his loses. For the sake of the consumer who will pay — don’t do it.




August 21, 2017 - Posted by | general

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