Michigan Energy Forum:
Energy Myths
October 3, 2013
Michigan Energy Forum
October 3, 2013
Energy Myths
Meet Average Joe
An average person living their average life – but perhaps a bit
confused about energy…
Joe gets up and exercises to a favorite workout on DVD
Joe turns the television and DVD player off when done.
“I always tu...
Joe grabs a “cup of joe” and hops on the computer
Joe leaves the computer on all the time.
“It’s just quicker and more con...
Joe has to replace a burnt out lightbulb in a lamp
“I need to replace this old thing anyway. I should switch to a
new, mor...
Joe sees an ad for Home Energy Audit
“That could be interesting, but I wonder how much it will cost
and what they will try...
Joe drives to work and stops to gas up the car
“Wow, these gas prices are expensive! It’s because we get all our
gas from ...
Joe notices the price on the next pump for E85
“Look how much cheaper ethanol is at the pump. Plus it is made
from corn wh...
The guys at the next pump notices Joe looking at the E85
“Don’t bother with that stuff. All they are doing is diverting fo...
Joe notices a new electric car pass by the gas station
“Now that would be the way to go! I wouldn’t have to waste
money bu...
Joe hears a debate on talk radio about Renewable Energy
Advocate 1: “Renewable Energy
Systems could never meet the growing...
Joe hears a debate on talk radio about Renewable Energy
Advocate 1: Sure. “Building all this new wind
and solar generation...
Joe hears a debate on talk radio about Renewable Energy
Advocate 1: “The wind doesn’t always blow
and the sun doesn’t alwa...
Joe turns off the radio, head spinning, and goes to work.
Next Michigan Energy Forum Program:
Balancing Energy and
Environmental Demands
Moderator: Russell Conard
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A variety of myths and misconceptions have crept into the common discussions and understanding about energy. This month’s event will examine some of these common myths that people encounter in their daily lives. A panel of experienced energy professionals will seek to unravel the truths about these issues and understand how these myths might have developed in the first place.​


Moderator:
Ian Stines

Panelists:
Dan Radomski
Vice President, Industry & Venture Development at NextEnergy

Doug Jester
Principal at 5 Lakes Energy
Former Senior Energy Policy Advisor at the State of Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth

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Michigan Energy Forum - October 3, 2013 - Energy Myths

  1. 1. Michigan Energy Forum: Energy Myths October 3, 2013
  2. 2. Michigan Energy Forum October 3, 2013 Energy Myths
  3. 3. Meet Average Joe An average person living their average life – but perhaps a bit confused about energy…
  4. 4. Joe gets up and exercises to a favorite workout on DVD Joe turns the television and DVD player off when done. “I always turn off the television and DVD player off when I am done, that way they aren’t using any energy.”
  5. 5. Joe grabs a “cup of joe” and hops on the computer Joe leaves the computer on all the time. “It’s just quicker and more convenient to access right away. Besides, doesn’t it use a lot of energy starting up? I heard it is better to just leave it on rather than turning it on and off.”
  6. 6. Joe has to replace a burnt out lightbulb in a lamp “I need to replace this old thing anyway. I should switch to a new, more efficient table lamp. I hear that could help me save a lot on my household energy bill.”
  7. 7. Joe sees an ad for Home Energy Audit “That could be interesting, but I wonder how much it will cost and what they will try to sell me afterwards. What difference would it really make. All the energy efficiency upgrades they are selling probably wouldn’t add to that much in energy savings.”
  8. 8. Joe drives to work and stops to gas up the car “Wow, these gas prices are expensive! It’s because we get all our gas from overseas. If we just started producing more oil here, we could probably get gasoline costs back down to a reasonable price again.”
  9. 9. Joe notices the price on the next pump for E85 “Look how much cheaper ethanol is at the pump. Plus it is made from corn which we can grow here. Too bad I don’t have a car that can run on that. Corn ethanol seems such a cheaper, better alternative to regular gasoline.”
  10. 10. The guys at the next pump notices Joe looking at the E85 “Don’t bother with that stuff. All they are doing is diverting food to make fuel and driving up prices at the grocery store. Those biofuels will never be practical or sustainable in the long term.”
  11. 11. Joe notices a new electric car pass by the gas station “Now that would be the way to go! I wouldn’t have to waste money buying gas. Plus, by driving an electric vehicle, I won’t be producing any pollution or carbon emissions.” “Then again, I hear those electric cars are very expensive. They will never be affordable for an Average Joe like me.”
  12. 12. Joe hears a debate on talk radio about Renewable Energy Advocate 1: “Renewable Energy Systems could never meet the growing energy needs in this country.” Advocate 2: “In fact, we could quickly replace all our energy needs with renewable sources.”
  13. 13. Joe hears a debate on talk radio about Renewable Energy Advocate 1: Sure. “Building all this new wind and solar generation to meet increased energy demand would cost a lot more than traditional electricity generation.” Advocate 2: “There are options. We have a lot of wind in places like the Great Plains that makes wind energy cheaper. We could buy it from there rather than developing it here in Michigan.” Host: “Won’t going with all this renewable energy end up raising electricity rates?”
  14. 14. Joe hears a debate on talk radio about Renewable Energy Advocate 1: “The wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. Wind and solar are just too unpredictable to make up much of our generation capacity.” Advocate 2: “Do you mean fracking for natural gas? That is the worst thing you could do!” “Our energy dollars could be better spent. We should focus more in this country on developing clean coal and more cheap, clean natural gas.”
  15. 15. Joe turns off the radio, head spinning, and goes to work.
  16. 16. Next Michigan Energy Forum Program: Balancing Energy and Environmental Demands Moderator: Russell Conard

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