Oregon is replacing coal power with wind – let’s see what happens 

Posted: August 30, 2016 by oldbrew in Politics, turbines, wind
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What the US government thinks wind power 'could' do

What the US government thinks wind power ‘could’ do


If Oregon is modelling its electricity supply policy on South Australia, it should know what to expect, as Hot Air reports.

If you live in Oregon and rely on certain fancy, high tech features of the industrial revolution such as having lights in your home and refrigerated food, you might want to start stocking up on candles and non-perishable goods.

The green energy warriors have pretty much taken over the state legislature in the Beaver State for more than the past decade and they’ve managed to pass all sorts of interesting laws. One of them was a rule which says that all coal fired power will be eliminated by 2020… a deadline which is pretty much right around the corner.

The Boardman Coal Plant is scheduled to shut down completely in the next few years and at that point there will be little besides wind turbines in terms of in-state power generation. What could possibly go wrong? (Fox News)

The first thing the residents can prepare to do is tighten their purse strings. Energy generation remains in the realm of the free market and in order to comply with these state mandates, energy is going to cost more. The utility companies don’t simply suck up those increased costs, so they get passed on to the consumer.

But if the citizens of the state are willing and able to pay energy bills which may double their current rates, that’s up to them I suppose. Of course, it’s the lowest income residents who will bear the brunt of that damage as usual.

But what will be more interesting to observe is not the bottom line people are paying, but if the lights will stay on at all. Coal currently provides more than a third of Oregon’s energy needs. The total energy provided by wind turbines accounts for… eight percent. And it’s a highly unreliable eight percent because that production drops to nearly zero every time the wind stops blowing.

There are nowhere near the number of new wind turbine projects under construction right now to make up that gap even if you could ensure steady breezes blowing all year long.

The report concludes:
All it will take is one period of high demand when the “approved” sources aren’t putting out enough and you’ve got rolling brownouts or blackouts. It shouldn’t take more than a few days of that for Oregon’s residents to wake up and question precisely what they’ve gotten themselves into.

Full report: Oregon is replacing coal power with wind. Let’s see what happens – Hot Air

Comments
  1. […] Source: Oregon is replacing coal power with wind – let’s see what happens  […]

  2. Curious George says:

    Oregon has the Bonneville Dam which may mitigate problems. I don’t know whether Oregon considers hydro a renewable power; California does not.

  3. Graeme No.3 says:

    At least Oregon has lots of hydro, so any comparison with South Australia doesn’t apply. Except possibly on arrogant and stupid politicians.

  4. Sunsettommy says:

    “All it will take is one period of high demand when the “approved” sources aren’t putting out enough and you’ve got rolling brownouts or blackouts. It shouldn’t take more than a few days of that for Oregon’s residents to wake up and question precisely what they’ve gotten themselves into.”

    NO they will NOT wake up for a long while as this is a ultra leftist state, one of the worst states in the nation. I live just north of the Border in Washington State which is a liberal state as well.

    They will behave like sheep allowing themselves be LIED to in the aftermath.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Oregon’s recent electricity sources.

    Consumption

    Source: http://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=OR#tabs-1

  6. pg sharrow says:

    If Oregon closes down their coal fired power plants, Northern California will be the one to suffer as they are supplied by power from Oregon. Northern Nevada will also be hit. For Oregon, this is No big deal…pg

  7. oldbrew says:

    pg: yes, note the size of the blue bar above, next to ‘net interstate flow of electricity’.

  8. dennisambler says:

    “the Beaver State”

    Describes these people perfectly…..

  9. Mjw says:

    Recently in the wind driven paradise of the Socialist Republic of South Australia the price of top up power briefly reached $40,000. Shades of things to come. As I write, wind power is contributing just 3.6% of Australia’s needs and our Victorian Labor leader has just announced he is banning fracking and all on-shore oil drilling,

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