Skip to comments.How did Alberta survive wicked cold snap? Thanks for nothing, solar power
Posted on 01/15/2022 5:32:43 PM PST by canuck_conservative
How close would a solar and wind-dependent power grid have come to giving us the electricity we needed during the three-week freeze in Alberta where the average temperature was -22 C from Dec. 15 to Jan. 9?...
Alberta needs a supply of about 10,500 MW (megawatts) on average, said Mackay. If they are running at maximum capacity, solar can provide 736 MW and wind 2,269 MW....
If we had been reliant on far more solar and wind, how would we have done?
“You’d have to start with rolling blackouts or brownouts,” Mackay said. “If we lost the bulk of our generation, there’d be a lot of people dying.”
But, of course, good, old reliable fossil fuels came to the rescue.
In total, during the three bitter weeks, gas provided 69.7 per cent of our power, coal 18.7 per cent, wind 6.4 per cent, biomass 2.7 per cent, hydro 1.6 per cent, dual fuel (coal-gas co-generation) 0.7 per cent, and solar just 0.1 per cent.
Thanks for nothing, solar power.
“I think solar is great for a lot of things,” he said, mentioning its utility for camping and cabins. “I just don’t think it’s great for powering a province.”...
When advocates for solar power like Guilbeault now argue we should let the market decide on solar and wind versus gas or nuclear, they conveniently leave out this fact, this gargantuan cost to having a complete and highly efficient backup system in place to stand in for iffy renewable sources.
(Excerpt) Read more at theprovince.com ...
In emergencies, "renewable-energy" sources are nowhere to be found, it's always fossil-fuels-powered vehicles & generators that save lives
Yet they never get any mention or credit in Big Media, which can't stop slobbering over anything "renewable-energy"
now that's ingratitude!!
Solar power works great in desert conditions such as in Arizona.
Winters aren’t getting more severe. “Renewables” can’t pull their own weight.
We also survived, no thanks to the Quebec run federal government.
To be fair, the cold snap happened right when the Sun is at its minimum, so it could never be a big contributor this time of year
but the point is, fossil fuels are reliable, they’re instant power WHENEVER you need it ... unlike renewables
“Solar power works great in desert conditions such as in Arizona.”
Look at the cost in dollars/KWH for solar vs fossil fuel power and you will change your mind.
Solar power has never been anything more than a libtard’s wet dream.
It works but it still rarely pays for itself.
~-10 is an issue in the Great White North?
Nukes are totally good too.
Yep, get too far from the equator and solar isn’t a very good option and near useless in winter. Also, one should take vitamin D3 supplements.
They say solar panels work better in the cold ,LOL
Wait I thought we were only eight years from total doom due to global warming. Why did the weather have the effrontery to be cold?
No worries. It isn’t. They just like to tell us that “colder” winters due to “global warming” are breaking our energy. Actually, the grid suffers due to government’s over-reliance on their pet renewable energy sectors—which are overwhelmed because they can’t begin to meet the demands placed on them in winter. When sunshine is at its lowest ebb for solar and the arctic fronts freeze and seize up the wind turbines.
Great White North.
Has nothing to do with skin color.
Also geographic latitude is a factor.
Did the experts not notice that typically when it gets super cold there is usually very little if any wind?
“...and solar just 0.1 per cent.”
What’s important about solar is the MESSAGE that it sends, not how much ‘power’ we can generate.
And that message is that WE CARE about saving the environment for future generations.
And for those who don’t agree, no big deal (after all, we believe in free speech), but we will have to get you FIRED from your job...in order to keep the debate on this civil.
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