Skip to comments.Transition to Nowhere: California’s switch to a primarily solar and wind-powered grid is a dead end.
Posted on 10/21/2021 5:50:22 AM PDT by karpov
The leaders of California and China have at least one thing in common: fear of blackouts. In late September, following widespread and economically debilitating losses of power, China’s vice premier Han Zheng ordered the country’s energy companies to ensure sufficient supplies before winter “at all costs” and added, ominously, that blackouts “won’t be tolerated.” A month earlier, California governor Gavin Newsom issued emergency orders to procure more natural gas-fired electrical capacity to avoid blackouts. And in a possible sign of more such moves to come, earlier in the summer, California’s electric grid operator “stole” electricity that Arizona utilities had purchased and that was in transit from Oregon.
In recent weeks, the European continent has also suffered blackouts, near-blackouts, and skyrocketing electricity prices triggered by a massive lull in nature’s windiness. Grid operators across Europe rushed to buy fuel and fire up old gas- and coal-fired plants. Europe petitioned Russia for more natural gas, and German coal plants ran out of fuel, causing a scramble (including in China) to get more (doubling global prices). Even long-forgotten oil-fired powerplants were pressed into emergency service on grids from Sweden to Asia.
The issue that’s now front and center is whether all these disruptions to electricity supply and price are, to use Silicon Valley language, a “feature” or a temporary “bug” of the new energy infrastructure favored by advocates of renewables: one dominated by power from the wind and sun. Proponents of this so-called energy transition admit that the road to a post-hydrocarbon world might be rough. But the solution, they say, is to accelerate construction of far more wind and solar machines.
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It’s ok, the feds will bail them out by forcing neighboring states to sell them electricity at a reduced rate.
Meanwhile, the pr!cks in CA can pretend they are virtuous.
Logic and math are a bitch..... right Libs?
Good article, thanks for posting.
Thanks to legislation passed long ago written by Washington Senator Maria Cantwell we already do. Bonneville sells California power from their hydroelectric system cheaper than provided to Washington.
Worked well for Texas didn’t it? Windmills without the thought of the “freezing” problem.
Ordinary californians will shiver in the dark. The ruling elite will be warm and bright.
They missed one. The gargantuan volume of batteries that would have to be recycled on a regular basis after their life cycle ends.
Yep. The elitists will fire up their diesel or propane generators and be toasty.
Interested in Tucker’s expose on wind power.
What does Gavin Newsom care?
He just defeated a recall by a large margin.
He sends his kids to an in-school private school, is driven around in a limo and lives like a king.
He can do whatever he wants and the stupid people of California - with a boost from voter fraud - will continue to vote for him or someone just like him.
(According to the movie The Hunt for Red October) Cortez burned his ships when he reached the New World in order to better motivate his men to conquer the New World.
Kalifornia is destroying its legacy energy infrastructure in order to "better motivate" the renewable energy sector to come up with solutions.
Killing power production in CaCaLand is a deliberate act — to appease the treehuggers out this way. Sustainable energy is OK so long as total need is backed up by reliable baseload. However, this condition is too “nuanced” for any liberal to understand. To a commie like those in charge it is heresy. The “sustainable” projects are for money laundering — taxpayer subsidy $$ are skimmed by those who approve and then require.
As to buying from out of state, that is part of the law. In state, regulations cripple energy production. But, energy that comes over a border, regardless of how it is generated, is not regulated in the same way. This automatically makes it cheaper. That is why, 20+ years ago, every power utility built power plants in other states so they could sell over a border or two.
Maybe Joe will issue a EO demanding all buildings, including private residences, install solar panels and at least one windmill or receive visits from the FBI and IRS. Or worse.
True ! Supposed to be an expose about the fallibility of wind power generation towers on FoxNation.com .
What do you do with a 690 foot long wind turbine blade (fiberglass) after the tower has been de-commissioned ?
When the wind is not blowing, you still need to use electricity to keep the machinery moving, in order to keep from rusting and seizing up.
Then when you are looking into financial responsibility, take a look at the government subsidies.
No, they’re racist and patriarchal constructs according to them.
Now realize that there are three or possibly more blades for each tower ( 3 X $$? ).
“Logic and math are a bitch..... right Libs?”
Quick, someone make a doll of that ignorant **** press secretary with a little voice box that says, “Math is hard.”
It’ll sell billions and billions.
Until the libs ban the sale.
Europe rushed to buy fuel and fire up old gas- and coal-fired plants.
You can start up a gas plant in quick time.
Col, on the other hand, takes a few days of slow warm up.
On our grid, gas plants could be told to shut down if not needed. Coal plants were never shut down. The load was dropped to minimum but never off line except for maintenance.
California needs to build several generators run by squirrel cages. Place these tree huggers in them and see if they can make a watt.
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