Last Updated on December 4, 2015 by cassnetwork

The recent letter from Ms Perras of the Indiana Sierra Club comes from an organization which has had a long history of consumer environmental advocacy, and arguably is the reason why companies like SG Preston exist; to discover new and safer ways
 of
 growing
 our
 economy,
 lives
 and
 industry
 in
 an
 environmentally
 conscious
 way;
 stronger
 business,
 safer,
 cleaner
 environments.
 That
 said,
 the
 disappointment 
of 
this 
lette 
 is 
Ms 
Perras 
irresponsibly
 playing 
on 
the 
fears historically 
associated 
with
 the 
power 
industry,
 without  
responsibly 
explaining 
the 
difference
 between 
“Baseload 
Power” 
which 
is 
 power 
that 
is 
available
 and used 
24 
hrs 
a 
day 
(traditionally
 by 
coal 
and 
nuclear 
and 
more
 recently
 natural 
gas),
and 
“Intermittent 
Power”
which
 is 
power 
that 
is 
only
available
 when
 the
sun 
shines 
long
 enough
 (solar),
or
 the 
wind 
blows 
long 
enough
 (wind 
turbines).
 So
 the
question 
Logansport 
residents
 should
 ask
 themselves
 is 
what
 happens 
when 
this
Intermittent
 Power 
from
 solar 
and 
wind,
 that 
Ms
 Perras
 is 
advocating,
 is 
not 
available?
 Where 
does 
the 
power 
to
 run
 their 
homes 
and 
businesses
 and
 farms
 come 
from?
 The 
answer,
Baseload 
Power,
 bought
 from
 the
 grid
 system 
or
generated
 locally,
 which 
is 
generated
 primarily
by
 coal, 
nuclear, 
and 
natural 
gas.
The 
SG
Preston
solution 
for 
Logansport
 is
 one
 of
 the 
most
 advanced 
clean 
energy 
solutions
 for 
operating
distressed 
coal‐fired
 power
 plants
 to 
be
  introduced
 to 
the 
power 
industry
 in 
over 
two
 decades. 
SG 
Preston’s 
blend
 of 
natural 
gas, 
Renewable
 Pellet 
and 
possibly
 coal,
 delivers 
a
 Baseload 
Power
 at 
a 
predictable 
and 
low 
cost 
to
allow 
Logansport
 to
 maintain
 its
 jobs
 and 
to 
increase
 its 
attractiveness
 to
 businesses 
at 
an
emissions
 level 
far
 below
 their
 current
 coal‐only
 solution.
 This
 is 
cleaner,
safer,
reliable,
lower 
cost 
power.
 SG
Preston
 firmly 
believes
 that 
there 
does 
not 
honestly 
exist 
a 
combination
 of 
Intermittent 
Power
(solar 
and 
wind
 –
 as
 recent
 agreements
 for
 purchase
 of
 solar
 power
 in
 Indiana
 demonstrate
 at
 a
 price
 of
 22
 cents/kWh)
 and
 Baseload 
Power, 
whose 
power
price 
would
 be 
as 
competitive 
or 
long‐term
predictable
 as 
the
 solution
 which
 it
 has
assembled.
The 
letter
 goes 
on 
to 
give
 an 
opinion 
on 
the
business
 points
 of 
the 
transaction 
between 
the
City 
of
 Logansport 
and 
SG
 Preston,
 the
 facts 
of
 which
 are 
grossly 
inaccurate, 
misinformed,
 and
 deliberately
 skewed.
 The 
parties 
that 
Ms 
Perras 
is 
advocating
 be 
allowed 
to 
present
 their 
proposals
 are 
not 
new 
to
 Logansport.
 They 
have
been 
involved 
with,
 presented
 to,
 and 
 for
 years,
 have 
not 
been
 able
 to
 deliver 
a
 solution
to
 the 
City 
that
 meets 
its 
power
 price,
 job
security,
 or
 economic
 development
 needs.
Suggesting
 that
 after
 many 
years 
of 
trying 
that
 these
 groups 
now 
have 
a
 low
 cost,
 clean 
energy 
answer 
is 
deceptive
 at 
best.
 Our 
recommendation
is
 that 
Ms 
Perras
 spend 
her 
time 
supporting 
he r
organization’s
 mission 
of
 responsible
 innovation
 and 
advancement
 for 
an 
energy
 independent
 United 
States
 and
 growth 
in
 our
 small 
towns,
 and
 less
 time
 on
 supporting 
misinformed 
political
 agendas
 that 
have 
nothing
to
 do 
with
 advocating
 for 
a
 cleaner 
environment
for
 consumers 
in 
Indiana.
 Submitting
 a 
letter 
of 
this 
nature,
 which
 plays 
on 
the 
fears 
of 
the
citizens 
of 
Logansport 
with
 incorrect
information
 is
 far 
from 
the 
mission 
of
 advocacy 
that 
the 
Sierra 
Club
 is
 reknowned
 for,
and
 a 
gross 
violation 
of
 the 
public 
trust.
R.
Delbert
LeTang
President &
 CEO
SG
Preston

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