1970s_POWERExcerpt

1970s: Some headlines in POWER’s 1970s issues could be published today. The decade was pivotal for renewable power technologies, which experienced a resurgence over the past decade. POWER’s pages also chronicle uncertainties posed by many new market and environmental rules. One piece notes that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 and the 1977 Federal Water Pollution Control Act (later reorganized and expanded as the Clean Water Act) could have a “significant impact on electric utilities and industrial companies that now burn coal, as well as on firms that will be forced to convert to coal by the National Energy Act.” That’s right: At one time, under a law signed by Jimmy Carter in response to the energy crisis of the 1970s, industries and utilities using oil and gas were actually forced to convert to coal.

1970s:

Some headlines in POWER’s 1970s issues could be published today. The decade was pivotal for renewable power technologies, which experienced a resurgence over the past decade. POWER’s pages also chronicle uncertainties posed by many new market and environmental rules. One piece notes that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 and the 1977 Federal Water Pollution Control Act (later reorganized and expanded as the Clean Water Act) could have a “significant impact on electric utilities and industrial companies that now burn coal, as well as on firms that will be forced to convert to coal by the National Energy Act.”

That’s right: At one time, under a law signed by Jimmy Carter in response to the energy crisis of the 1970s, industries and utilities using oil and gas were actually forced to convert to coal.