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Energy Plan – Reply From/To Governor Nixon

The first letter below was sent from Governor Nixon in response to David Epps’s original letter voicing concerns about Missouri’s Energy Plans and the better option of GSHP.  The second letter below is David Epps’s response-to-the-response.


 

December 10, 2015

Mr. David Epps
406 E. Cape Rock
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-3202

Dear Mr. Epps:

This email is in response to your correspondence to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. Thank you for contacting our office. Your email has been reviewed and shared with appropriate staff.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) is the state agency to best address your matter. We have forwarded your correspondence to the DED Director’s Office. A response has been left up to their discretion.

Again, thank you for your correspondence. Please let us know if we may be of assistance in the future.

Sincerely,

Sam Rourke
Constituent Services Liaison
Office of Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 216
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0720
T. (573) 751-3222
F. (573) 751-1495
http://www.governor.mo.gov
Follow: @GovJayNixon


David Epp’s response to Governor Nixon’s letter:

Governor,

RE: Your response to my Letter regarding your Comprehensive State Energy Plan.

You said: “A response has been left up to their [sic DED] discretion.”

You sir are failing to live up to your own words “balance the need for low-cost, reliable energy with our duty to be responsible stewards of the environment”!

You Sir, are an irresponsible steward of the environment in that you have left it up to those that committed the egregious error to correct their error at their discretion. It is your job to provide oversight to prevent DED to continue to commit unrestrained manipulation of the facts and blatant bias!windmills

I have sent the letters to all the Missouri Rural Electric Cooperatives and associations, and to a good number of the your Energy steering committee members, including the University of Missouri at Rolla and GSHP associations/Installers and Missouri Chambers of Commerce and commented on every news paper article reporting on your plan that I could find.

Consult with any expert and you will find that geothermal energy and GSHP’s is the least cost energy and has the least effect on the environment (that includes wind mills and solar electric panels) to obtain 70% of the energy consumed in Missouri homes.

Thank You
David Epps, BSEE
Cape Girardeau

It seems that the only methods the governments can fathom for reducing energy usage are solar panels, windmills, and biofuels… …all ripe for crony-capitalist corruption.  Hopefully, the next governor will promote energy consumption methods that actually work.

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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in Free Market

 

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Letter To Jay Nixon – Failure Of Energy Plan

From David Epps…

 

Governor,

Your Comprehensive State Energy Plan took a terribly wrong approach!

For home and business owners/renters It is not about sources and demands of electrical energy as the plan is written it is about sources and demands of heat energy

Energy use in the US homes is all about BTUs (heat energy). 70% of the energy consumption in home is derived from sources of and measured in units of BTUs (heat energy) not KWh’s (electrical energy).  Your furnace, hot water heater, and air conditioner are sized based upon the amount of BTUs required.

I demand a rewrite of your Comprehensive State Energy Plan basing your analysis on the sources and demands of BTUs. This will give the true picture of the challenges and solutions facing Missourians high cost of energy.  You directed the Missouri Department of Energy to prepare a plan to “balance the need for low-cost, reliable energy with our duty to be responsible stewards of the environment”.  The current plan does not satisfy your requirements.missouri-governor-mansion

Upon a rethink of the plan, you will find that Missouri has countless BTUs of geothermal energy below our feet, all of which can be harvested by ground source heat pumps (GSHP).

$100’s of millions have been spent over the last 6 years on solar electricity and wind mills and their electrical generation has barely scratched the surface of the demand while the generation of boundless heat energy in the earth has been ignored.  It is movement of heat energy (BTUs) using electricity and natural gas that cost so much and is in so much demand by Missourians. Moving Geothermal energy, which is free and inexhaustible, costs significantly less.

Only a pitiful 0.25 trillion BTUs were generated by all solar electric panels in Missouri thus far. While, if in just 2014, the $187 million invested on solar installations in Missouri were invested in GSHP’s, 1.44 trillion BTUs of heat energy would have been generated and consumed in Missouri homes for heating and cooling and hot water.

Your recommendations in paragraph 3.1 Strengthening Missouri’s Renewable Energy Standard are mostly poor as they require more regulations, but specifically:

  • Geo thermal AKA GSHP is a renewable resource and is not even mentioned
  • You failed to prioritize your recommendations and that is needed for any legislative action to proceed
  • Priority should be given to rental property rehab and upgrades where about 60% of Missourians live as most of these apartments use electric resistive heat, the most expensive heating there is by whatever means the electricity is generated.
  • GSHP in the winter reduce electrical consumption by 75% over a electric resistive heater and thus electrical consumption is reduced.

By your focus on electrical energy and ignoring heat energy, your Department of Energy is a dismal failure (they don’t know energy), and your plan does not guide Missourians to the correct solutions to reduce their utility bills.

Thank You

David Epps

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Climate Change, Free Market

 

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An Open Letter To Missouri Department Of Energy

Sir,

You failed to discuss in Chapter 2: Energy Supply, the inexhaustible energy in the ground but rather pandered to the photo voltaic and wind energy industries. If the 2.5M households in Missouri had 2 ton Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) Missouri would harvest 60 billion BTU’s of energy per hour or about 20% of the current Missouri electrical consumption.

GSHP compressor are made at one of St. Louis’ largest employers. Wind turbines and solar panels are mostly imported. No economic development there!

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The Smart grid and peaking generators would not be required upon installation of GSHP systems state wide. The Smart grid has been a big waste of money! Peaking generators are also a waste of money. With implementation of GSHP’s the winter to summer electrical usage is reduced and balanced. Peak usage is the problem of grid management. Chop off the peaks and the grid overload goes away! All that wasted money could have been used to install all the ground loops.

The “Missouri Energy Efficiency and Investment Act” as implemented is basically theft. A rate-payer is required to pay but cannot afford to benefit due to the high cost of the solar panels.

And further, The AmerenUE rebate for solar panels a $2/watt versus $2000 for a GSHP is grossly stupid. Given a typical solar 7000 watt system, the rebate is $14,000 and only delivers energy when the sun shines whereas a typical 1 Ton GSHP will deliver twice the equivalent BTU’s of energy 24/7/365.

The plan is incomplete and misleading and does more harm than help to Missouri! It ignores the boundless energy just below our feet.

Thank you

David Epps

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2015 in Climate Change, Economy, Government Waste

 

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Enough Oil In U.S. To Stop Imports For 119 Years

I received an e-mail this morning discussing the Bakken reserve  (Williston Basin).  I disagree with some of the facts of the e-mail pasted below, but based on my own calculations, I believe that the the U.S. could stop importing oil for 119 years (based on current import levels).

According to the e-mail, there are 503 Billion barrels of oil in the Bakken.  It links to this article from the USGS which discusses a reserve of 4.3 Billion barrels (a mere 452 days of import stopping production).

However, it also mentions the Energy Information Administration, so I searched up the Bakken reserve there.  I found this document that informs us that more recent estimates completed by the late Leigh Price based on newer horizontal drilling technology gives us a possibility of 503 BILLION BARRELS of recoverable oil in the basin.

“With new horizontal drilling and completion technology taken into account, the technically recoverable resource base for the entire Bakken Formation is potentially much larger. A draft study by the late organic geochemist Leigh Price6 provides estimates ranging from 271 to 503 billion barrels (mean of 413 billion) of potential resources in place. The study represents Dr. Price’s work as it stood at the time of his death in August 2000. It was conducted while he was working for the USGS, but it did not receive a complete scientific peer review by the USGS and was not published as a USGS product. A new assessment of the entire basin, due out in about a year, will provide an updated USGS estimate of the technically recoverable oil resources in the Bakken Formation. If the formation’s potential bears out, this could (depending on recovery factors) increase the estimate of technically recoverable crude oil resources in the United States by billions of barrels. For perspective, consider that the current estimate of all technically recoverable crude oil resources in the United States, not including Bakken oil resources, is 174.67 billion barrels”

Stunning!

Based on a 9,500,000 bbl daily import of oil, using the 413,000,000,000 bbl ‘mean’ from Dr. Price’s study, I calculate that the daily import could be replaced for 119 YEARS! Assuming the cost of a barrel is $90.00, that’s 37 TRILLION DOLLARS we won’t have to give to the likes of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and Venezuela!  And considering the safest place with the least environmental affect on Earth to drill for oil is in the U.S., the Global Warming alarmists may be put at bay simply based on the drilling impact.

I have not verified the discussion of the reserves under the Rocky Mountains, but here’s the original e-mail as I received it:

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Here’s an astonishing read. Important and verifiable information :

About 6 months ago, the writer was watching a news program on oil and one of the Forbes Bros. was the guest. The host said to Forbes, “I am going to ask you a direct question and I would like a direct answer; how much oil does the U.S. have in the ground?” Forbes did not miss a beat, he said, “more than all the Middle East put together.” Please read below.

The U. S. Geological Service issued a report in April 2008 that only scientists and oil men knew was coming, but man was it big. It was a revised report (hadn’t been updated since 1995) on how much oil was in this area of the western 2/3 of North Dakota, western South Dakota, and extreme eastern Montana ….. check THIS out:

The Bakken is the largest domestic oil discovery since Alaska ‘s Prudhoe Bay , and has the potential to eliminate all American dependence on foreign oil. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates it at 503 billion barrels. Even if just 10% of the oil is recoverable… at $107 a barrel, we’re looking at a resource base worth more than $5…3 trillion.

“When I first briefed legislators on this, you could practically see their jaws hit the floor. They had no idea..” says Terry Johnson, the Montana Legislature’s financial analyst.

“This sizable find is now the highest-producing onshore oil field found in the past 56 years,” reportsThe Pittsburgh Post Gazette. It’s a formation known as the Williston Basin , but is more commonly referred to as the ‘Bakken.’ It stretches from Northern Montana , through North Dakota and into Canada . For years, U. S. oil exploration has been considered a dead end. Even the ‘Big Oil’ companies gave up searching for major oil wells decades ago. However, a recent technological breakthrough has opened up the Bakken’s massive reserves….. and we now have access of up to 500 billion barrels. And because this is light, sweet oil, those billions of barrels will cost Americans just $16 PER BARREL!

That’s enough crude to fully fuel the American economy for 2041 years straight. And if THAT didn’t throw you on the floor, then this next one should – because it’s from 2006!

U.. S. Oil Discovery- Largest Reserve in the World

Stansberry Report Online – 4/20/2006

Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains lies the largest untapped oil reserve in the world. It is more than 2 TRILLION barrels. On August 8, 2005 President Bush mandated its extraction. In three and a half years of high oil prices none has been extracted. With this motherload of oil why are we still fighting over off-shore drilling?

They reported this stunning news: We have more oil inside our borders, than all the other proven reserves on earth.. Here are the official estimates:

  • 8-times as much oil as Saudi Arabia
  • 18-times as much oil as Iraq
  • 21-times as much oil as Kuwait
  • 22-times as much oil as Iran
  • 500-times as much oil as Yemen

…and it’s all right here in the Western United States .

HOW can this BE? HOW can we NOT BE extracting this? Because the environmentalists and others have blocked all efforts to help America become independent of foreign oil! Again, we are letting a small group of people dictate our lives and our economy…..WHY?

James Bartis, lead researcher with the study says we’ve got more oil in this very compact area than the entire Middle East – more than 2 TRILLION barrels untapped. That’s more than all the proven oil reserves of crude oil in the world today, reports The Denver Post.

Don’t think ‘OPEC’ will drop its price – even with this find? Think again! It’s all about the competitive marketplace, – it has to. Think OPEC just might be funding the environmentalists?

Got your attention yet? Now, while you’re thinking about it, do this:

Pass this along. If you don’t take a little time to do this, then you should stifle yourself the next time you complain about gas prices – by doing NOTHING, you forfeit your right to complain.

Now I just wonder what would happen in this country if every one of you sent this to every one in your address book.

By the way…this is all true. Check it out at the link below!!!

GOOGLE it, or follow this link. It will blow your mind.

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1911

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2010 in Miscellaneous

 

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