No, the 529 is not the plan. Google "free community college education Tennessee". The state will pay for all qualifying high students beginning this year...it's a program paid entirely by the state lottery. The state is the last payer so all scholarships, if any, Pell Grants, etc pay first then the state pays all remaining tuition costs free of charge. The student has to do some community service on their own...but bottom line, you can go to college 2 years in TN now free...the desire to apply yourself to the program.
Here's your NYC catalyst.....the highest temperature NYC will see, after today (1/25), for the next 10 days is 32 degrees with some night time lows approaching zero....so much for your end of winter scenario. Oh, btw, a monster snowstorm is included. Stay warm! Burn that natty gas! LOL
We already have free community college education available to all high school grads this year in Tennessee...the lottery pays for it...no taxes. Barry Obama is late to the game.
Our predicted 10 day temperature outlook is 5 - 10 degrees below normal in east Tennessee. The weather here usually moves to the east coast a day later....turn up the thermostats...burn that natty gas!
Most of your points are valid except for the fact that 2 boroughs of NYC do not use more natural gas than TN. When comparing NYS, the climate comes into play.
Economic activity is one thing, mile long industrial plants are another.
If you follow what the EPA has mandated, the TVA is taking down coal fired plants one by one. It will be interesting to see how natural usage increases here in TN over the next 3 years.
It takes the TVA 14 - 16 months to build a natural gas electrical generating plant.
Your 10 day forecast shows the highest temp in Central Park over the next 10 days as 41.....so your heating season is far from over.
The 55-year-old Allen Fossil Plant in southwest Memphis will be replaced with a new $975 million natural gas plant to be built in the shadow of the original facility, the Tennessee Valley Authority board decided Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Knoxville.
he power plant, which was originally built by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, generates electricity for the Memphis area and a larger part of the western region covered by the TVA.
TVA officials made the decision to abandon the coal-powered plant as it works toward a December 2018 deadline to reduce coal emissions. The deadline was a key part of a 2011 settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, three state governments and four environmental groups.
The recommendation to the TVA board from its staff was to build a new gas-powered plant because it would reduce sulfur dioxide emissions from the coal by nearly 100 percent and because natural gas is a reliable energy source.
“Memphis is our largest customer,” TVA president and CEO Bill Johnson said after the decision, “and we must have a proven source of generation in the city to ensure system-wide reliability while giving us flexibility that allows for future growth.”
The new plant comes with a pipeline to be built by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division that will supply natural gas to its combustion turbines. The pipeline will go south of the new plant before making a turn to the east and running parallel to the Mississippi state line just north of the line. From there, it will hook up with existing pipeline terminals.
Apparently. you have no idea how much industry is located here....but you must already know that General Motors, Nissan, and VW have massive final assembly plants here...with all their satellite parts plants surrounding them.
Here's one natural gas company that covers only the extreme eastern tip of the state...it doesn't even go down to Knoxville.
East Tennessee Natural Gas
Location: Southeast United States
Length: 1,515 miles
Capacity: 1.75 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d)
Ownership Interest: 100 percent Spectra Energy Partners, LP
Operator: Spectra Energy
Your statement is false about the 2 boroughs usage compared to TN. Maybe you should check to see how many TVA coal fired plants are being shuddered, and being replaced by nat gas plants. The use of natural gas is increasing every single day witnessed by the fact 50% of all new homes are all nat gas users. I know how old the buildings are in NYC...I'm originally from Jersey. The age of the buildings...now matter what upgrades they receive means very little. They're still drafty old buildings. BTW, how many heating oil furnace heating systems are being replaced by nat gas systems in NYC? Maybe you'd better check. that too.
There's a US Nitrogen plant opening in March of this year, just down the road from me (Greene County, TN) that is rumored to use more nat gas than the TVA electric generating plant over in Rogersville, TN. I'll try to get the exact daily nat gas usage from their PR people. This US Nitrogen plant runs 24/7. Just one example of increased usage....along with 50% of the new homes being built in this country.
Good news. It has been cloudy and 10 degrees below the norms all week in east Tennessee...actually colder than last week...so I'm looking forward to another 200+ draw next week.
The TVA issued an alert last night requesting power users to turn off any unnecessary appliances / equipment. They reached peak demand and are still struggling. Their natural gas power plants are running at their limit. It's 12 degrees in East Tennessee right now (11:15am).
Dual fuel options....hahahaha.....big users are switching from coal to natty gas. There are no big user oil vs natty gas. Maybe you should check to see what the TVA is doing....enlighten yourself.