Energy - On Getting to the Turn of the Century

by Gerald L. Decker, Corporate Energy Mgr.; Dow Chemical, Midland, Mich.,
Gerald T. Westbrook, Project Mgr.; Dow Chemical USA Operations Economic Planning, Dow Chemical, Midland, Mich.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 43-55

Document Type: Journal Paper


The objective of this paper is to look at the potentional energy supply and demand for the year 2000, and then look more at some immediate problems over the next 10 yr if we are to get to the 21st century. Coal, nuclear, and solar must achieve extensive growth in this period. Twenty-five impediments to coal growth are listed. Costs of delays are outlined. Additional investment may be justified to avoid delays in some cases. An example on coal slurry pipelines is included. Conclusion is reached that the engineering profession must become far more effective in communication with the public and the politicians and the environmental movement on the seriousness of our energy situation, the reality of costs incurred by protracted delays, and the need for action on a broad front in the energy field.

Subject Headings: Power demand | Power supply | Investments | Wastes | Coal | Slurries | Slurry pipelines | Professional development

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