Focus on natural gas

In regard to the proposed Sunset Falls power plant, the PUD should be thinking much bigger. They should drop this plan and build a gas turbine (jet engine) power plant. These are now being built all over the country under the radar. Even California built one in downtown San Jose and you can drive by it on the freeway without even seeing it. These plants are about 500 to 600 MW (about half the size of a typical nuclear power plant) and burn natural gas. If you remember your high school chemistry class, natural gas is mainly methane which consists of a one-carbon atom surrounded by four hydrogen atoms. When it burns, the hydrogen combines with oxygen to make water and the one carbon makes carbon dioxide. With the four hydrogen atoms and one carbon atom very little carbon dioxide is produced. This type of plant can be built close to the load so big cross-country power lines are not required. These plants can respond very quickly to load changes, and when combined with base load power from nuclear plants, would have a very low carbon footprint. Hydropower has been very good to us, but it is time to move on to power plants with less impact to the environment.

Brad Ipsen


Talk to us

More in Opinion

November 29, 2023: Gaza Pause
Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Nov. 29

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Macro photo of tooth wheel mechanism with imprinted RECEIVE, GIVE concept words
Editorial: Get back into charitable habit for Giving Tuesday

Inflation sapped donations for charities last year; things may be looking up this year for more.

Carbon auctions, gas prices: Figures aren’t oil company profits

Thanks for mentioning our estimates of the impact of the tax on… Continue reading

Call park’s Wintertide Lights what they are, Christmas lights

The recent story about the return of Wintertide Lights at Legion Park… Continue reading

Comment: Palestinians — and Israel — need a new Marshall plan

The Marshall Plan rebuilt Germany for Europe’s benefit. The same must be done for the Mideast.

Comment: Biden, Trump cling to myth of manufacturing’s decline

It’s a ‘Chicken Little’ cry that sounds like they’re backing the middle class, but it’s costing consumers.

Owners of Country Rose/The Paint Bungalow, Donna Mains (left) and Kathleen Shalan in their shop in October, 2021 in Arlington. The gift store also stocks Annie Sloan paint as well as being a women's apparel boutique. (Andy Bronson / The Herald file photo)
Editorial: Stroll, don’t scroll on Small Business Saturday

Shopping local stores is a great way to find gifts and supports local economies and your neighbors.

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Nov. 28

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Harrop: Trade-offs for moms working remotely are their choice

Some parents will willingly trade advancement opportunities for a better work-life balance.

Comment: Naming birds after people — especially bigots — ignorant

It’s better to name birds for characteristics and habitat for dead white men, better left forgotten.

Comment: Today’s Congress genteel compared to slavery era’s

There were some 70 violent altercations between Congress members during debates over slavery.

Editorial cartoons for Monday, Nov. 27

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.