Skip to comments.Facing sweltering summers, California's Newsom floats plan for state to buy energy
Posted on 05/31/2023 11:42:04 AM PDT by dennisw
Now, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to buy massive amounts of renewable energy to help keep the lights on. The idea is to use the state's purchasing power to convince private companies to build largescale power plants that run off of heat from underground sites and strong winds blowing off the coast — the kinds of power that utility companies have not been buying because it's too expensive and would take too long to build.
“We laid out the markers on solar and wind, but we recognize that’s not going to get us where we need to go,” Newsom said during a news conference last week. “The issue of reliability has to be addressed.”
There’s a lot at stake, not just for the future of clean energy, but for Newsom himself. The Democratic governor, now in his second term and widely seen as a future presidential candidate, insists California will be carbon neutral by 2045. But this goal is often mocked in the summer when, to avoid rolling blackouts, state officials turn on massive diesel-powered generators to make up the state’s energy shortfall.
Demand for electricity in California has increased as the state takes step to move away from fossil fuels, including banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. California will need to add about 40 gigawatts of new power over the next 10 years, according to the California Independent Systems Operator, which manages the state's power grid. One gigawatt is enough to power about 750,000 homes.
If the state buys lots of power from offshore wind and geothermal sources, it could mean they don’t need those emergency diesel-powered generators anymore. Wind is typically strongest in the evenings, and geothermal energy is available all the time.
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Governor Hair Gel is an energy genius. A renewables mastermind!
No worries, he has a plan for electric cars and 50,000,000,000 windmills off in the ocean.
Real oil and gas exploration has been shut down for decades in California. With some advanced fracking, imagine how much natural gas could be flowing to power all of California’s electrical generation. So these liberal clones and fools could buy as many Teslas and EVS as they like, coming out the wazoo.
“floats plan for state to buy energy”
From China no doubt
The Kalifornia democRATS ‘buy’ electricity every time there is a ‘crisis*.’ They refuse to build any real, extra, reliable electricity. They buy from neighboring States, and pay a pretty penny for it (paying with other people’s money, as usual).
*Energy, Drought - Every never ending crisis equals never ending BIG GOVERNMENT. Despite RECORD rainfall and snowfall, they will flush most of the water out to the ocean. The Drought must be maintained.
This jerk is dumber than Maxine Waters. The CA dems eliminate nuclear, coal, natural gas, and push for all electric appliances and electric cars when there’s en electricity shortage.
California has spent $44 billion on renewable energy, that is the same cost as about 5 nuclear power plants.
They usually buy power from the nuclear plant in Arizona
As Governor he has the Authority to issue an Executive Order Mandating ALL Public Buildings use 100% clean, renewable energy, and he can order ALL Public Employee’s Statewide to be PROHIBITED from using, owning or possessing any Vehicle powered by an Internal Combustion engine.
Nobody saw hot weather in California coming, did they?
Build nuclear power plants. Wind and solar will not keep the lights on.
Here’s a contradiction: the state’s buying power.
Hmm...state subsidies for hitherto unsuccessful energy production methods. What could go wrong?
Geothermal is untapped opportunity.
“Now, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to buy massive amounts of renewable energy to help keep the lights on. The idea is to use the state’s purchasing power to convince private companies to build largescale power plants that run off of heat from underground sites and strong winds blowing off the coast”
no doubt they’ll have massive numbers of these massive experimental underground heat plants genned up just in time to avert the expected summer power crisis in california ... NOT ...
[heck, it would take at least a decade just to condemn and purchase the land, conduct the plethora of required “environmental” impact statements, and then fight the ecoloons in courts ...]
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