Another Summer of Discontent: Wind & Solar Obsession Leaves Californians Scrambling for Reliable Power

The sweeping blackouts that struck California last summer are back with a vengeance; another heatwave, another scramble for reliable power.

The power rationing debacle that is plaguing Californians once again, is precisely what you’d expect when woolly-headed thinking overtakes sound engineering.

The state-wide blackout that struck in mid-August 2020, was put down by officials to an “unexpected loss of a 470-megawatt power plant Saturday evening, as well as the loss of nearly 1,000 megawatts of wind power,” the San Jose Mercury News reported. In addition, cloud cover over the desert meant solar energy was in short supply. For more see: Renewable Energy Reckoning: Wind & Solar Power Obsession Leaves Millions of Californians Sweltering In The Dark 

Having deliberately trashed its own power supply, California is haranguing its neighbours to obtain electricity it would have had, had it not pinned its hopes to sunshine and breezes.

California Begs For More Electricity Amid Heatwave And Transition To Green Energy
Daily Caller
Varun Hukeri
2 July 2021

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) called on the state’s electric grid operator in a statement Thursday to provide additional energy resources through the summer amid soaring electricity demand.

In their joint statement to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the two energy regulators urged the grid operator to use its tariff-based authority to procure additional resources for the months of July and August, along with the month of September if conditions do not improve.

“Summer has barely begun and we have already had repeated extreme heat events creating dangerous conditions and shattering records across the country,” the statement read. “Climate change is here and with increasing intensity that presents a host of new challenges we must collectively meet head-on.”

The request follows an unprecedented heatwave that began to spread across much of the western United States in late June, with at least 76 deaths reported in the region this week and temperatures in parts of California soaring to 100 degrees.

CAISO warned in a press release Sunday that rising temperatures and drought conditions created by the heatwave could lead to limited energy resources, adding that consumers should be prepared to reduce their electricity consumption. The grid has around 46,000 megawatts of available capacity, and usage is projected to peak at around 36,000 megawatts Friday.

CPUC on Thursday approved 11.5 gigawatts of new grid resources to address weather conditions and expected generator retirements. But energy experts said extreme heat and drought, reduced hydroelectric capacity and new challenges brought on by climate change would require finding additional power sources, according to KCRA.

California has also made dramatic strides to achieve its goal of carbon-free electricity and carbon-neutrality by 2045, according to The Orange County Register. But its transition toward green energy has been marked by roadblocks, such as in August 2020 when a similar heatwave led to rolling blackouts across the state.

The power outages raised questions about California’s growing reliance on solar and other green energy sources, which now make up about one-third of the state’s power, according to The Sacramento Bee. But Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom last year reaffirmed his commitment to green energy.
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Comments

  1. ronaldsteinptsadvancecom says:

    The most important fact about today’s environmental movement, and the book “Clean Energy Exploitations” explores is that the healthy and wealthy countries of the United States of America, Germany, the UK, and Australia representing 6 percent of the world’s population (505 million vs 7.8 billion) could literally shut down, and cease to exist, and the opposite of what you have been told and believe will take place.

    Simply put, in these healthy and wealthy countries, every person, animal, or anything that causes emissions to harmfully rise could vanish off the face of the earth; or even die off, and global emissions will still explode in the coming years and decades ahead over the population and economic growth of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam, and Africa.
    China (1.4 Billion), India (1.36 billion), Indonesia (270 million), Japan (126 million) and Vietnam (80 million) plan to build more than 600 coal power units, and African countries (1.2 Billion) are planning to build more than 1,250 new coal and gas-fired power plants by 2030.

    The book “Clean Energy Exploitations” helps citizens attain a better understanding that just for the opportunity to generate intermittent electricity that is dependent on favorable weather conditions, the wealthier and healthier countries like Germany, Australia, Britain, and America continue to exploit the most vulnerable people and environments of the world today.

    The healthier and wealthier countries fail to recognize that at least 80 percent of humanity, or more than 6 billion in this world are living on less than $10 a day, and billions living with little to no access to electricity, These poor folks need abundant, affordable, reliable, scalable, and flexible electricity while The healthier and wealthier are pursuing the most expensive ways to generate intermittent electricity from breezes and sunshine.

  2. It’s also cost prohibitative for the wages one makes in California as well. Everywhere “Green” goes the rates climb and never come back down. Beware of the Left and their INVESTMENTS, the only return they are concerned with is CONTROL.

  3. Shudong Zhou says:

    Use green to express unreliability and unreliability.
    The gain is not worth the loss,

  4. Prepping its inhabitants for the forthcoming socialism without energy. .

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