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June 25, 2022



This letter writer nailed it in the DJ:


The enduring electricity outage at the Stanford campus may be a warning to many governmental agencies that green energy still depends on another infrastructure, aka the transmission grid.

It is ironic that Stanford decided about 10 years ago to abandon its cogeneration plant which had made the campus an off-the-grid, independent electricity supplier. The green crowd moved in and, against all advice from more knowledgeable folks, a new energy director, who pushed for an ambitious green policy, prevailed.

As with the supplies of our own Peninsula Clean Energy, Stanford’s electricity now comes from far away solar plants. During my tenure at the University of California system, which operates several reliable cogeneration plants, we decided not to follow in Stanford’s footsteps and we continued to utilize a hybrid supply solution that does not rely, for the most part, on imported green energy.

Think of the pollution now generated by the multitudes of diesel generators fouling the air at Stanford. That could be the plight of the electric supply on the Peninsula as well. If even a famous institution such as Stanford turns out to be vulnerable, what can other well-meaning amateurs that have entered the market do to assure us that their supplies are reliable?

Dirk van Ulden


You just gotta love the phrase "well-meaning amateurs".

Jennifer Pfaff

Go Bears!

Everything's Jake

At least Natural Gas is now seriously being considered to supplement the energy needs of Europe. Maybe the Game city council will finally understand the benefits of such energy, as in, it's clean and abundant!

Paloma Ave

I too wish the Burlingame City Council hadn't decided to ban a LEGAL commodity, in the name of progressive politics.

We just need one more person with common sense to overturn that poor and misguided choice.

Anyone out there, with common sense, willing to run for council? (And not use it as a stepping-stone to higher office.)


I received a Public Notice from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District yesterday which is required because I live within 1,000 feet of a location that the BAAQM district has received a permit application for a new or modified source(s) of toxic air contaminants.

What might that be? It turns out "The Village at Burlingame" - the soon-to-arrive mixed use building that is hulking up at 150 Park Rd. wants a back-up diesel generator! No natural gas in town, but diesel is apparently OK. Who knew? Why not a bank of Tesla Powerwalls? Wouldn't that be healthier for all involved?

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