A team of researchers from Drexel University studying union members’ views about energy in the US, reached out to the local for input for a very important study. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation and is being led by sociologists at Drexel.
Given the significance of energy to society and the labor movement specifically, researchers are speaking with a wide range of union members, including those actively involved in energy industries and those who are not. During the interviews they asked Union members and Union leaders’ views on fossil fuel energy and renewable energy systems.
This research is being conducted with unions in PA, NY, and NJ and recently took the time to speak with members of 459. Given our long and evolving history in generation from our fossil fuel stations (Keystone, Homer City, Conemaugh, Seward and Shawville stations) our local is a great resource for the study.
Having the opportunity to be a part of this research and our views and opinions documented on how the eclectic grid should look in the future is very important and the study will likely be used for government considerations on energy policy in the US.
Our members understand currently there are few forms of electric generation capable to store the fuel used to run on the site of the power plant. In most cases is in the form of a 30-day supply of coal and months of fuel at a nuclear power plant.
Until battery technology can store wind or solar generation for 30 days when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not out, we need our plants to be available to support the country’s energy needs.