Democrats Would Take California’s Blackout Chaos Nationwide With New ‘Green’ Deal

An obsession with intermittent wind and solar is delivering rolling Summer blackouts to Californians, once again. That same obsession – in the form of the Democrat’s New ‘Green’ Deal – promises to deliver much more of the same across the USA, should Sleepy Joe Biden, AOC and her Squad get the keys to the White House this November.

With the disaster playing out in the Golden State, one might expect a little circumspection, if not contrition and remorse from those who’ve been pushing the so-called ‘inevitable transition’ to an all wind and sun powered future. However, clearly untroubled by reality, logic or reason, Biden & Co continue to claim that Americans will all soon be powered by nothing but sunshine and breezes.

Californians left sweltering in the dark over the last week or so might beg to differ.

The Institute for Energy Research takes a look at the causes and consequences of California’s wind and solar debacle.

Renewable Mandates Are Leading to Electricity Shortages and Price Spikes in California
Institute for Energy Research
18 August 2020

California does it again. In 2001, California experienced rolling blackouts due to energy market manipulation by energy wholesalers and a shortage of pipelines. Now, Californians are again facing rolling blackouts, and this time it is due to California’s forced reliance on solar and wind power. Due to a severe heatwave and without the wind blowing and the sun shining, California’s day-ahead electricity prices spiked at above $1000 per megawatt-hour on August 14.

California’s renewable portfolio standard mandates that 60 percent of its electricity must come from renewable energy (mainly wind and solar power) by 2030.  Now, residents are asked to conserve electricity to keep the power on—something most other states do not have to endure. This should be a warning to America about the risks of Biden’s Clean Energy Standard that would require 62 percent of our electricity which is now produced from natural gas and coal to come from non-carbon sources, which would primarily be wind and solar power.

The California Independent System Operator, which manages the power grid, declared an emergency shortly after 6:30 p.m. on August 14 and directed utilities around the state to decrease their power loads. Pacific Gas & Electric, the state’s largest utility, needed to turn off power to about 200,000 to 250,000 customers in rotating outages for about an hour at a time. Other utilities were told to do the same, affecting up to 4 million people. The emergency declaration ended just before 10 p.m. The requirement to shed load resulted from temperatures hitting triple digits in many areas, resulting in higher air conditioning use.

In addition, cloudy weather from the remnants of a tropical weather system reduced power generation from solar plants. California’s solar mandates are making the state much more reliant on the weather for electricity production.

California’s Anti-fossil Fuel Policies
California generally produces a surplus of solar energy during the day and when that happens, other power generators are ordered to cut back their production so that the electric grid is not overloaded. On Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15, about 1,000 megawatt-hours were curtailed—enough to power 30,000 homes. This curtailment resulted in supply shortages as solar energy output plunged at the end of the day with the electricity demand remaining high.

Many of California’s natural gas and nuclear plants have had to shut down because they cannot compete with heavily subsidized renewable energy. For example, a 10-year-old natural gas power plant in California’s Inland Empire is being prematurely shuttered this year despite being built to operate for forty or more years. Also, California’s state water regulations are forcing the shutdown of natural gas plants along the coast that can quickly ramp up generation during peak demand periods or when solar power plunges. Because of policies promulgated by California’s anti-fossil energy politicians, Californians are paying for new renewable power when they already have natural gas capacity readily available to meet demand 24/7.

Because the spot price for power in the summer can increase more than 30-fold from noon to dusk, California’s utilities are forced to build expensive batteries to store solar energy that can be released in the evening, which will cost Californians even higher electricity prices, despite its prices already being one of the highest in the country. Utilities do not mind this result because new capital investment necessitated by government actions ultimately means higher prices for consumers and higher profits for utilities.

Conclusion
California’s blackouts are a product of its politically-determined reliance on intermittent, unreliable renewable energy, not a product of a heatwave.  So far, California’s environmental policies have resulted in 1.3 million megawatt-hours of reliable power being curtailed this year.

Due to the state’s renewable portfolio standard and its subsidization of wind and solar energy, the state is suffering from the loss of reliable power that cannot compete with the state’s environmental policies.

Natural gas and nuclear power plants are being shuttered. In fact, the state’s only remaining nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon, which provides 20 percent of the state’s carbon dioxide-free energy and 9 percent of its electricity, is scheduled to shut in a few short years. As a result, when temperatures rise, Californians need to curtail electricity usage and suffer from rolling blackouts as well as paying some of the highest electricity prices in the nation. Currently, most states do not need to endure the loss of power when temperatures escalate due to sufficient power from reliable sources—coal, natural gas, and nuclear power.

Americans need to be aware of Joe Biden’s Clean Energy Standard, which would put them in the same position as Californians, who are reliant upon intermittent wind and solar power. This episode should be a wake-up call for politicians thinking of jumping on the green energy bandwagon; it appears the wagon is headed for a cliff.
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Comments

  1. Geoff Derrick says:

    You may be interested in my letter to the editor. I doubt it will make it.

    Letter to the Editor

    The Australian 26 August 2020

    Sir

    The long march of the Left through institutions (Judith Sloan, the Australian, 25 Aug 2020) is an appalling indictment of the calibre of so-called scientists employed at organisations such as BOM, BHP, Rio Tinto and environmental and health bureaucracies in the various public services, to name just a few of these ‘woke’ agencies. As a mature geoscientist, it is easy to show that renewable energy can never provide for a country’s energy needs. It can never meet the 18,000Mw of power needed as base load power in Australia at 4am every morning of the year; renewable power is inefficient, delivering only a useable 30 to 40% of its rated capacity, meaning panels and windmills vastly overwhelm our most treasured landscapes compared with a few football fields needed for real energy supplied by coal, gas and nuclear power.

    These woke people have difficulty separating the element carbon from the compound carbon dioxide, and do not know that water vapour, not carbon dioxide, is our most abundant greenhouse gas. And none of them would know that the annual output of Tesla’s Gigafactory, the world’s largest battery factory, could store three minutes’ worth of annual U.S. electricity demand. It would require 1,000 years of production to make enough batteries for two days’ worth of U.S. electricity demand. Now put that in your wind turbine and smoke it.

    G M Derrick

    Sherwood

    Cheers

    Geoff

    • It made it here, did it make it in The Australian?

    • Bill Quinn says:

      Don’t feel too bad Geoff. I try to put up many comments on the RE debacle in the OZ and more often than not they get rejected. Its not hard to work out why that happens. For a few weeks a while back there was an advertising banner running across the top of the home page enticing people to buy shares in Infigen whose share holders include none other than former PM Malcolm Turnbull and his Son Alex who just happened to pocket over $400 Million of Australian Taxpayers hard earned cash via the CEFC whist Malcolm was in charge. At the highest levels of Australia’s government there still remains a very bad stench. I suspect that Turnbull has put the wood on Rupert not to allow too much that is derogatory of his beloved ReeNooables. The puff Pieces put out by Perry Williams in the OZ are mostly nauseating to read. There are a few on Rupert’s payroll who do get it though including Chris Kenny, Judith Sloan, Terry McRann, Adam Chreighton and on the Sky Network, Paul Murray, Alan Jones, Mark Latham, The Outsiders Team are all aware of the RE Scam and not afraid to call BS on it. Keep trying Old Mate. One day you might get a sensible moderator and get your letter published.

      William B.

    • All true Geoff and Bill. Plus there’s a few other Sky/2GB people I think deserve at least an honourable mention when it comes to calling out the renewables scam. I refer to people like Andrew Bolt, Michael McLaren, Peta Credlin, Luke Grant and Chris Smith.
      Cutting through the media’s endless, alarmist, BS about “climate change” and “cheaper than coal” renewable energy is a long game, to quote sports journo Scottie Palmer we just have to “keep on punchin”.

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