It is trendy these days to champion every imaginable energy resource under (and including) the sun. Who hasn’t heard a politician, pundit, so-called energy expert or even President Obama declare support for using all options at our disposal to solve the nation’s energy problems?
This frustrates me. The trouble, of course, is that money is limited. Money you spend to build a new baseload power plant (with a life of more than 40 years) is not available to upgrade the grid or fund energy efficiency. At the end of the day we need to decide: how much money should we allocate to generating energy, upgrading the grid, and to energy efficiency?