Daily Disaster: Blackouts Only Reward For California’s Wind & Solar Nightmare
If insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results, then California’s a clear candidate for the asylum.
Over the last 20 years, its maniacal wind and solar obsession has cost Californians dearly: they suffer America’s highest power prices and, when the mercury soars, are lucky to get any power, at all. Energy poverty is an entrenched part of daily life now for millions of its poor and underprivileged.
But, that’s the price to be paid for the unsubstantiated belief that all your power needs can be delivered exclusively by sunshine and breezes.
California’s wind and sun cult reckon that the solution to its power pricing and supply calamity is simple: endless banks of giant batteries – which will store wind and solar power on those occasions when it’s purportedly being produced in excess, to account for sunset and/or calm weather.
It’s never worked anywhere on Earth, but California has always been known for defying the odds.
If (and it’s a mighty big ‘if’) lithium batteries were able to be scaled up to the degree required, the cost of building that capacity would outstrip the economic value of the electricity produced by California’s wind and solar generators for generations.
In other words what the American calls a ‘costly and pointless boondoggle’.
Donn Dears runs the numbers and reaches that very conclusion below.
California Orchestrates Disaster
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24 August 2021
California, in the face of considerable skepticism, continues to go down the road to grid disaster.
It recently issued a multi-agency report, 2021 SB 100 Joint Agency Report Achieving 100 Percent Clean Electricity in California: An Initial Assessment.
The report claims California will be able to achieve zero-carbon energy resources of 100 percent electric retail sales to customers by 2045.
California Energy Commission (CEC) chair, David Hochschild, said,
“The results of this preliminary analysis show that it is indeed possible to achieve a 100 percent clean electricity future. The threat posed by climate change requires us to think and act boldly today.”
Among the report’s findings are:
- California will need to roughly triple its current electricity grid capacity.
- California will need to sustain its expansion of clean electricity generation capacity at a record-breaking rate for the next 25 years. On average, the state may need to build up to 6 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable and storage resources annually. By comparison over the last decade, the state has built on average 1 GW of utility solar and 300 megawatts (MW) of wind per year.
What the report doesn’t mention in detail, is the cost associated with this scheme, nor does it recognize the scheme is, in fact, impossible to achieve, despite the results of their computer-generated forecast.
Another blogger took the time to calculate the cost, while noting that the batteries required to achieve the scheme don’t exist.
He calculated, “They [CA] would need roughly something in the range of 54,000 GWH of grid-scale battery storage, which at current prices would run around $10 trillion.”
Note that this is nearly half the size of the entire debt of the United States.
Previously, in my report, Green Nightmare for Americans, it was determined that it would cost the United States $7.1 trillion to merely build the wind and solar plant needed to supply the country with electricity, without trying to determine the cost of storage because the necessary storage technology hadn’t yet been invented.
It should be noted that Secretary of Energy, Moniz, an Obama appointee, said,
“Batteries will never be the solution for long-term storage.”
The estimate of $10 trillion to provide the necessary storage for California will bankrupt the state.
The California report appears to recognize there is a reliability problem, where it says:
“The final root cause analysis [of the several blackouts in 2020 identified the need to reflect the uncertainty of weather, operational characteristics of clean energy resources, and market dynamics into the state’s reliability planning processes and studies.”
Any prudent person or government would study these issues before implementing actions that can lead to disaster.
California is no role model for the rest of the United States.
Once again, California is going down the path of self-destruction, even though it has already experienced blackouts from the lack of fossil fuel power generation.
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