California’s Blackout Warning 

Posted: August 17, 2020 by oldbrew in climate, Incompetence, Temperature, weather
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Solar power complex in California [USA. Gov – BLM – Bureau of Land Management]

How does it feel to be the canaries in the coal mine of the renewables stampede now being promoted far and wide by climate obsessives with a failing atmospheric theory?

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Anti-fossil fuel mandates are leading to electricity shortages.

Electricity blackouts are awful at any time, but especially during an extreme heat wave and for reasons that are man-made, says The Wall Street Journal.

That’s what millions in California have been enduring in recent days, and their plight is a warning to the rest of America about the risks of Green New Deal policies.

The California Independent System Operator (Caiso), which manages the state’s power grid, declared a high-level emergency Friday and Saturday evenings and ordered utilities to reduce power usage.

California and most of the southwestern U.S. are experiencing a severe heat wave. But other states are managing to keep power flowing. Why can’t California?

California last experienced rolling blackouts in 2001 amid energy market manipulation by speculators. This time the cause is energy market manipulation by anti-fossil fuel politicians.

Democrats have mandated that renewables account for 60% of state electricity by 2030, which has forced power providers to invest in renewable energy sources now to meet the deadline. The result is something of a Rube Goldberg physics experiment.

During peak daylight hours, California produces a surplus of solar energy, and power generators may be ordered or paid to cut back their production so the grid isn’t overloaded.

On Friday and Saturday Caiso reported about 1,000 mega-watt hours (MWh) were curtailed—enough to power 30,000 homes. This year 1.3 million MWh of power have been curtailed.

But this means supply shortages can occur in the evening when solar energy plunges but demand for power remains high. That’s what happened this weekend.

Many natural gas and nuclear plants that can generate power 24/7 have shut down in recent years because they can’t compete with heavily subsidized green energy.

A 10-year-old natural gas power plant in California’s Inland Empire is being decommissioned this year—20 to 30 years earlier than its planned lifespan.

Continued here.

  1. pochas94 says:

    The problem is that the experts are ignored; the “experts” are dunces.

  2. saighdear says:

    Och this can’t be true, is it really, I mean Really? no it can’t be true: Scaremongering, fake news! D trump must hav seddit……. Nope that’s not true -‘cos the BBC and ITV haven’t told me this news as in their ” ‘man’ in Holywood” etc.Nope its fake news fake news fake news – the bbc haven’t told us…….
    Better go watch RT -maybe they are running the story, I dunno, -can watch Euro channels on local Sats but can’t get N American channels …….. but what Oldbrew says …..! I’ll listen to that! thanks

  3. oldbrew says:

    Aug 15, 2020,05:25pm EDT
    Why California’s Climate Policies Are Causing Electricity Blackouts
    Michael Shellenberger

    To manage the increasingly unreliable grid, California will either need to keep its nuclear plant operating, build more natural gas plants, or pay ever more money annually to reserve emergency electricity supplies from its neighbors.
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    California keeps digging itself further into the energy crisis hole. And as we’ve just seen here in the UK, prolonged heatwaves and low wind speeds go together.

    High air temperatures can lead to reduced output from gas power plants as it requires more energy to compress hot humid air for use in power plant turbines. At the same time the hot, still weather conditions have led to low output from the UK’s wind farms while a number of gas plants are currently offline for routine summer maintenance work.

    As such, the grid operator was forced to turn to coal power to help meet power demand for the first time in months.

  4. ivan says:

    This is a case of ‘how to be stupid in one easy lesson’, it just shows how ignorant the greens and their followers really are. Who in their right mind would live there?

    I was not impressed with the large cities when I had to go there on business at the turn if the century and with the way things are at the moment they would have to pay me large amounts of money to do so now. I just pity those that can’t move to another state and have to live with this stupidity.

    As Germany and South Australia have shown, once you get more than 15 to 20% of unreliable renewables on the grid you have problems especially when you shut down and/or destroy the reliable coal fired generators – all done in the name of big green of course.

  5. oldbrew says:

    The obvious answer is nuclear, but they prefer to hunt around for imaginary cure-alls like cheap hydrogen and carbon capture, which aren’t going to turn up any time soon.

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    old brew:
    So that’s why hydrogen is getting its third innings. I wondered why The Green Gullibles (or is that The Gullible Greens?) had started waffling about it. Obviously an attempt at a cover up for previous failures. The old “Trust us, this time we will get it right” ploy. Well I don’t.

  7. oldbrew says:

    They don’t want the constant threat of embarrassing blackouts, and monster electricity bills, when they’ve promised a green wonderland. But that’s the way it’s going — and they haven’t converted to electric cars yet 🤣

    Francis Menton On California’s Blackouts
    AUGUST 17, 2020

    In short, we are witnessing the results of almost unbelievable incompetence by the authorities in California. As usual, the equally incompetent and corrupt media are completely giving the authorities a pass in the name of supposedly addressing “climate change.”
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    The joke being of course that the power sources that would deliver reliable power during the supposed climate change have been phased out as the duff climate theory blames them for it.

  8. oldbrew says:

    AUGUST 18, 2020
    Heat wave still threatens California power grid with outages

    An irate Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation Sunday allowing some energy users and utilities to tap backup energy sources. Newsom also sent a letter demanding that the state Energy Commission, state Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator investigate the blackouts.

    “These blackouts, which occurred without prior warning or enough time for preparation, are unacceptable and unbefitting of the nation’s largest and most innovative state,” Newsom wrote. “This cannot stand.”

    On Monday, the governor said he was ready to “move forward to simply make sure this never happens again.”
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    Good luck with that, unless blinkered energy policies change.

  9. oldbrew says:

    ‘Gaps’ In Renewable Energy Led To Blackouts For Millions Of Californians, Gov Newsom Says

    And the plan is…more renewables? No reliability there.

  10. oldbrew says:

    GWPF – Californians Face Dark, Hot Summer As Green Energy Is Sapped (FT report)

    19 August 2020
    California Declares State of Emergency As Blackouts Loom
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    Renewable Mandates Are Leading to Electricity Shortages and Price Spikes in California
    BY IER
    AUGUST 18, 2020

    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.

    Well…who knew? 😎
    Kick the legs from under reliable power, and what’s left?

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    As someone who has lived with California Democrat Blackouts since Gov. Grey “out” Davis about 20 years ago (whom we dumped for it) I can assure you it is a PITA, uncomfortable, and expensive.

    Political driven power company mandates are always failures. Note that the repeated bankrupting of the power company PG&E also harmed retirees. Prior to all this it was a safe ” widdows and orphans” investment.

    I have owned personal generators since then. I’m currently cleaning up my old Honda to gets us through this. Burning gasoline…

    FWIW, the Honda generators are great. A 2 kW is about right for most needs. 1 kW keeps lights, tv, and a medium fridge working. 5 kW for washer and dryer or AC / heater. You become a connoisseur of generators after a while…. Whole house Diesel is best, but very pricy. Natural gas powered is chespest to operate (a local shopping mall installed that).

    Oh, and I have a 2 kW inverter that clips to a car battery. Cheapest to buy at sbout $100 and fast to put in service, but a pain keeping a car running charging the bsttery, and long power cable needed. Good when visiting unprepared friends though.

  12. Gamecock says:

    E. M. Smith, you chronicle the natural result: decentralization of power generation.

    Government is killing it, with all its efficiencies.

  13. oldbrew says:

    California Doomed to Frequent Blackouts Due To Battery Shortage
    Date: 20/08/20 Bloomberg

    Problem is there aren’t enough of these massive batteries to go around right now.
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    Just doomed, if they believe in such absurdity.

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