Monday, November 5, 2012

Talking point 4: Wind-powered Gas Wells

The current ordinance requires the use of electric motors on the pad site. The purpose of this is to reduce emissions. Some industry critics correctly note that this actually only shifts the source of emissions to the power plant. So, to solve that problem, let’s make these motors green by requiring operators to purchase wind power to run them. This is very simple to implement. The City of Denton offers its electricity customers the chance to purchase its GreenSense Renewable Rate. Denton Municipal Electric “will ensure that electricity equal to our GreenSense customer's annual electricity usage is delivered to the grid, replacing the non-green power that would have otherwise been purchased.” In other words, the problem of displacing emissions is solved, because this power comes from renewable sources, including wind and solar.

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