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Santo Domingo.- Despite being one of the Dominican Government’s most outspoken proponents of using alternative fuels, Energy Commission director Enrique Ramirez on Monday hailed the State-owned Electric Utility’s (CDEEE) call for tenders to build two coal-fired power plants.

"Dominican Republic urgently needs to incorporate thermal energy, cheap base energy, and we feel that this open bidding is the first step toward the national energy system’s sustainable development," Ramirez said.

The official was referring to CDEEE CEO Ruben Jimenez Bichara’s announced call for tenders to add 600 megawatts of low cost energy with two plants of 300MW each.

"We welcome this and CDEEE Ruben Bichara’s initiative to start the International Competitive Bidding. The idea is to have these 600 megawatts of energy injected to the national grid in the next three years and more room for energy independence, and lower than the current cost," said the head of the Energy Commission, whose office building inaugurated just last year, is among the few structures to boast a full array of solar panels.

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Written by: dreadlocks, 14 May 2013 10:45 AM
From: United States
a little promise of a new Porsche Cayenne can work wonders
Written by: RobertoJose, 14 May 2013 11:06 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues, stripe bass and now doormats
F@!$%, can we get a functional integrated electrical grid first without the hazardous hanging lines and birds nest on every F@#$%g corner!!!!!

It's like a F!%^@#g monopoly game on this island..STRAIGHT TO THE HOTELS.
Written by: Gringo_1, 14 May 2013 11:32 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
Its obvious, coal pays more than green. Another win for the people!
Written by: juanb, 14 May 2013 11:34 AM
From: Dominican Republic

I guess he got his envelope.
Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 12:15 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



"cheap base energy"

Penny Wise Pound Foolish; the PLD's Modus Operandi with a little Bribe Thrown in for Good Measure!


Written by: Perception, 14 May 2013 2:12 PM
From: United States
Yes, I agree i can see them in rural America driving the same Porshe Cayene.

What could be the common denominator.??????


Can Hear you, Louder!!!!!

Scumbags you'll.
Written by: JHCL2016, 14 May 2013 2:39 PM
From: United States, EN PUNTA CANA: Jose H Con Leonel 2016!


The DR cannot afford solar energy... it's not efficient enough yet....


( *;@ )
Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 3:48 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Manito the DR Can Afford Coal Even Less!

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste


By burning away all the pesky carbon and other impurities, coal power plants produce heaps of radiation

By Mara Hvistendahl


The popular conception of nuclear power is straight out of The Simpsons: Springfield abounds with signs of radioactivity, from the strange glow surrounding Mr. Burn's nuclear power plant workers to Homer's low sperm count. Then there's the local superhero, Radioactive Man, who fires beams of "nuclear heat" from his eyes. Nuclear power, many people think, is inseparable from a volatile, invariably lime-green, mutant-making radioactivity.

Coal, meanwhile, is believed responsible for a host of more quotidian problems, such as mining accidents, acid rain and greenhouse gas emissions. But it isn't supposed to spawn three-eyed fish like Blinky.

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Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 3:51 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Over the past few decades, however, a series of studies has called these stereotypes into question.

Among the surprising conclusions: the waste produced by coal plants is actually more radioactive than that generated by their nuclear counterparts. In fact, the fly ash emitted by a power plant—a by-product from burning coal for electricity—carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.

At issue is coal's content of uranium and thorium, both radioactive elements. They occur in such trace amounts in natural, or "whole," coal that they aren't a problem. But when coal is burned into fly ash, uranium and thorium are concentrated at up to 10 times their original levels.

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Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 3:52 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Fly ash uranium sometimes leaches into the soil and water surrounding a coal plant, affecting cropland and, in turn, food. People living within a "stack shadow"—the area within a half- to one-mile (0.8- to 1.6-kilometer) radius of a coal plant's smokestacks—might then ingest small amounts of radiation. Fly ash is also disposed of in landfills and abandoned mines and quarries, posing a potential risk to people living around those areas.

In a 1978 paper for Science, J. P. McBride at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and his colleagues looked at the uranium and thorium content of fly ash from coal-fired power plants in Tennessee and Alabama. To answer the question of just how harmful leaching could be, the scientists estimated radiation exposure around the coal plants and compared it with exposure levels around boiling-water reactor and pressurized-water nuclear power plants.

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Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 3:56 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


The result: estimated radiation doses ingested by people living near the coal plants were equal to or higher than doses for people living around the nuclear facilities. At one extreme, the scientists estimated fly ash radiation in individuals' bones at around 18 millirems (thousandths of a rem, a unit for measuring doses of ionizing radiation) a year. Doses for the two nuclear plants, by contrast, ranged from between three and six millirems for the same period. And when all food was grown in the area, radiation doses were 50 to 200 percent higher around the coal plants.

McBride and his co-authors estimated that individuals living near coal-fired installations are exposed to a maximum of 1.9 millirems of fly ash radiation yearly.

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Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 4:04 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


To put these numbers in perspective, the average person encounters 360 millirems of annual "background radiation" from natural and man-made sources, including substances in Earth's crust, cosmic rays, residue from nuclear tests and smoke detectors.

Dana Christensen, associate lab director for energy and engineering at ORNL, says that health risks from radiation in coal by-products are low. "Other risks like being hit by lightning," he adds, "are three or four times greater than radiation-induced health effects from coal plants." And McBride and his co-authors emphasize that other products of coal power, like emissions of acid rain–producing sulfur dioxide and smog-forming nitrous oxide, pose greater health risks than radiation.

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Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 4:06 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) maintains an online database of fly ash–based uranium content for sites across the U.S. In most areas, the ash contains less uranium than some common rocks. In Tennessee's Chattanooga shale, for example, there is more uranium in phosphate rock.

Robert Finkelman, a former USGS coordinator of coal quality who oversaw research on uranium in fly ash in the 1990s, says that for the average person the by-product accounts for a miniscule amount of background radiation, probably less than 0.1 percent of total background radiation exposure. According to USGS calculations, buying a house in a stack shadow—in this case within 0.6 mile one kilometer of a coal plant—increases the annual amount of radiation you're exposed to by a maximum of 5 percent. But that's still less than the radiation encountered in normal yearly exposure to X-rays.

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Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 4:08 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

So why does coal waste appear so radioactive? It's a matter of comparison: The chances of experiencing adverse health effects from radiation are slim for both nuclear and coal-fired power plants—they're just somewhat higher for the coal ones. "You're talking about one chance in a billion for nuclear power plants," Christensen says. "And it's one in 10 million to one in a hundred million for coal plants."

Radiation from uranium and other elements in coal might only form a genuine health risk to miners, Finkelman explains. "It's more of an occupational hazard than a general environmental hazard," he says. "The miners are surrounded by rocks and sloshing through ground water that is exuding radon."

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Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 4:10 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Developing countries like India and China continue to unveil new coal-fired plants—at the rate of one every seven to 10 days in the latter nation. And the U.S. still draws around half of its electricity from coal. But coal plants have an additional strike against them: they emit harmful greenhouse gases.

With the world now focused on addressing climate change, nuclear power is gaining favor in some circles. China aims to quadruple nuclear capacity to 40,000 megawatts by 2020, and the U.S. may build as many as 30 new reactors in the next several decades. But, although the risk of a nuclear core meltdown is very low, the impact of such an event creates a stigma around the noncarbon power source.

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Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 4:12 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

The question boils down to the accumulating impacts of daily incremental pollution from burning coal or the small risk but catastrophic consequences of even one nuclear meltdown.

"I suspect we'll hear more about this rivalry," Finkelman says. "More coal will be mined in the future. And those ignorant of the issues, or those who have a vested interest in other forms of energy, may be tempted to raise these issues again."

scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste

Written by: JHCL2016, 14 May 2013 4:37 PM
From: United States, EN PUNTA CANA: Jose H Con Leonel 2016!


We said Solar not Nuclear which the DR can afford even less; Brugal and Nuclear fuel rodes DO NOT mix!

( ';@ )
Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 5:00 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Manito you missed the point I am surprised at you!


PS

It's Nuclear Fuel "RODS"


.......and nothing Mixes with that Nuclear WASTE Called Brugal!


Macorix 8 for people who have Taste!


Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 5:08 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Manito review when you get a chance!


"Bill Gates’ excellent case for new types of nuclear power"

March 11th, 2013

the-weinberg-foundation.org/2013/03/11/bill-gates-excellent-case-for-new-types-of-nuclear-power/


Written by: Mart1n, 14 May 2013 5:22 PM
From: Dominican Republic, North coast
If Bill Gates is for it I'm against it. He is the gay who has been making world tours saying we need to reduce the world population. Maybe he is looking for a way to kill off a few million.
Written by: josean, 14 May 2013 5:25 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Spoken like a Guy owns Coal Stock!


Written by: dreadlocks, 14 May 2013 9:04 PM
From: United States
says Mart1n

Written by: Mart1n, 14 May 2013 5:22 PM
From: Dominican Republic, North coast
If Bill Gates is for it I'm against it. He is the gay who has been making world tours saying we need to reduce the world population. Maybe he is looking for a way to kill off a few million.

are you smoking crack? the guy says the world's population needs to be reduced. so what is wrong with that? in the meanwhile, he is trying to make life better for the poor; he is building hospitals, and finding ways to distribute vaccines. don't you have media where you live? no tv? a rotten shame.
Written by: Mart1n, 15 May 2013 7:30 AM
From: Dominican Republic, North coast
dreadlocks
Are you willing to be killed so the population can be reduced. He is willing to see the population decrease long as he is not included. Yes I have good news sources and it is not Fox and CNN who are owned by people who could care less about you. If you think the elite are worried about the poor your are smoking something
Written by: Mart1n, 15 May 2013 8:18 AM
From: Dominican Republic, North coast
dreadlocks
I know they have done a good job at brain washing the public but if you have a computer and type in
women sterilized by vaccine. There has been people who have had their illness disappear by use nourishment and natural medicine but the medical system hid this from the public so we need more hospitals? The US has the best and biggest medical system in the world and has the highest rate or sick people in the world do the math.
Written by: pelaut, 15 May 2013 9:24 AM
From: United States
BS! The US has the most expensive medical system in the world, and due to over regulation by progressive know-nothings in government and insurance companies, it is also the least accessible (when you factor the ability to go to multiple doctors, types of doctors and labs).

That it's the best is a huge smarmy lie mouthed by all politicians to the adoring mobs.
Written by: ramapo13, 15 May 2013 11:31 AM
From: United States
JHCL.....Your defeatist attitude toward solar energy is based on misinformation....solar power has become cheaper to institute, lower costs, new applications and investor interest have led the way to rapid growth in the last two years...... and doesnt ruin your environment....
Written by: ramapo13, 15 May 2013 11:36 AM
From: United States
Mart1n....Ignorant as the day is long.....Bill Gates is recognized as one of the top 100 people who influenced the 20th century. He has given over 1/3 over his wealth....Bilions and billions of dollars to health organizations fighting childhood diseases and HIV......before you are critical, please tell us the last time you ever gave anything, besides your opinion, to help anyone other than yourself?
Written by: dreadlocks, 15 May 2013 12:48 PM
From: United States
ramapo; you need to change your way of dealing with people. when they appear hopelessly ignorant, just leave them alone. no amount of arguing with them is going to change anything. heck, Gates in using both his money, and Warren Buffet's for humanitarian purposes. leave these birdbrains alone.
Written by: JHCL2016, 15 May 2013 1:24 PM
From: United States, EN PUNTA CANA: Jose H Con Leonel 2016!

Solar energy at the national level (big farms) is not ready for DR. More like for individual homes, yes! That way a local market (industry, technicians, traders, used/new parts) and new skills can be developed in the neighborhoods.

Who knows, maybe solar related vocacional training might become available in the non-college schools the government wants to develop... like the new one in San Luis....

Si o no?

;-)
Written by: josean, 15 May 2013 2:07 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Manito you singing a Different Tune, Si o No?

Written by: JHCL2016, 15 May 2013 2:31 PM
From: United States, EN PUNTA CANA: Jose H Con Leonel 2016!


Same one but ahora con vaselina!

8-D
Written by: josean, 15 May 2013 3:54 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Manito your not the ONLY one Singining a Different Tune, Your GOD is also Vocalizing A-cappella!


Now Narco Lie-onel, The Chameleon, Changes his Colors!


He throws Neo Liberals Globalists Like IDIOT IRS Atabey under the METRO!

It’s not his Fault (it never is its always somebody else’s in the case of the NARCO-PLD); it’s that Mean IMF that forced him to take the money and Screw the Dominican People!

“LF: Recipes from the IMF have political costs”

"They can tell you, for example, we are going to lend you $500 million dollars so that you can meet your immediate financial needs, but that country has to increase the electricity rate by a 100%.

Then they push Governments into a situation of a virtually tragedy, because if the Government makes the mistake of accepting prescriptions of this nature, it is causing the population to go into a rebellion", he added.

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Written by: josean, 15 May 2013 3:56 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Wow!.......... Lie-onel sounds like josean Now!

Read the rest of the Opportunistic Change of Heart after his Poll Numbers are nearly in single digits at:

almomento.net/articulo/136464/LF-recetas-del-FMI-tienen-costo-politico


Like Maniot says "with Vaseline Now!"



Written by: Mart1n, 15 May 2013 7:52 PM
From: Dominican Republic, North coast
Well here is Mr Gates own words
"The world today has 6.8 billion people... that's headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”
Or maybe you don't believe him
Written by: Perception, 15 May 2013 9:42 PM
From: United States
I'm. Sorry, does somebody shouted the Teamster.

Scumbags you'll.

Somebody at DT its been passing the emails account, but dont worry what goes around comes around.

I'm watching you scumbag.
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