Plan to power California by wind, wat...

Plan to power California by wind, water and sunlight by year 2050

There are 4 comments on the story from Aug 16, 2014, titled Plan to power California by wind, water and sunlight by year 2050. In it, reports that:

New research out of Stanford University creates possibilities for the future of California to be powered by renewable energy.

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Desoto, TX

#1 Aug 17, 2014
Of course. So can Texas.

La Quinta, CA

#2 Aug 17, 2014
"The study concludes that wind, water and sunlight conversion may result in initial cost increases but they would be made up for over time by eliminating fuel costs. It would create a net gain of about 220,000 jobs, and the state would gain about $12 billion annually."

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Yeah, the schoolboys didn't take into account the cost of decommissioning the nuclear plants and cleaning up the left over mess. SCE, PG&E are the two major owners of the San Onofre nuclear plant that has just been shutdown and deemed not cost effective for retrofit or repair. Edison is already crying for more money to decommission the plant. Although for the last 30 years they have been charging the ratepayers on every monthly electric bill a charge that was intended to be used to decommission the plant at the end of its life. Now Edison is saying it will take 1.8 billion dollars more to do the job. The ratepayers will get stuck with a rate increase for a product they no longer receive until the plant is dismantled and the waste hauled away. The longer it takes, the higher the price of decommissioning will be.

Prices for electricity will not be "higher" for a while, the cost of the nuclear plants will become an undeniable burden on the ratepayers. Then the Utilities will have to install some sort of distributed energy storage to accommodate the wind and solar energy generation.

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Nov 8, 2015
When the inevitable 'rolling black outs' sweep over the western seaboard due to a lack of dependable power generation ...there will be those parti pris apostles who will blame "climate change" rather than the unreliable energy supply provided by wind and solar.

Greenbank, WA

#4 Nov 8, 2015
here is a tick wrote:
When the inevitable 'rolling black outs' sweep over the western seaboard
"here is a tick" is inevitably a desperate old sick silly sleepy sleazy slimy stupid steenkin' toxic topix AGW denier liar whiner. Water & wind power integrates the best of all multiple electric producing sources. Also, the west coast has the excellent integrated DC inter-tie, able to shuttle wind, water & solar power. & wow. It'll even shuttle electricity from......oil & coal sources. "here is a tick" is inevitably short on knowledge, short on science, short of schooling.

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