Monday, July 8, 2013

Electricity prices rising; War on Coal.

I have written previously about rising electricity costs resulting from the shutdown of coal generators in the northeastern United States.  The coal shutdowns are necessitated by new federal regulations that are expected to cause more than 200 plants to close. Electricity rates are expected to rise drastically by 2015. 

Last week, an advisor to President Obama provided further context, advocating a "war on coal:"
Daniel P. Schrag, a White House climate adviser and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, tells the New York Times "a war on coal is exactly what's needed." Later today, President Obama will give a major "climate change" address at Georgetown University.

“Everybody is waiting for action,” Schrag tells the paper. “The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants. Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed."
Record electricity prices were seen in the United States in May. 

This news should affect decisions about how buildings are heated, pricing strategies for rental units and whether utilities should be included in the tenants' rental package.

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