California Secretly Struggles With Renewables

“The new battery array is rated at a storage capacity of 1,200 megawatt hours (MWh); easily eclipsing the record holding 129 MWh Australian system built by Tesla a few years ago. However, California peaks at a whopping 42,000 MW. If that happened on a hot, low wind night this supposedly big battery would keep the lights on for just 1.7 minutes (that’s 103 seconds). This is truly a trivial amount of storage.

“ California peaks at 42,000 MWh and 7 days is 168 hours so using this rough rule we would need about 7 million MWh of batteries. This makes 1200 MWh truly trivial. Then at $1.5 million a MWh we get an astounding 10.5 TRILLION DOLLARS, just for the batteries to make renewables reliable.

The scam is breathtaking, and not just in California. Nationwide we are spending untold billions of dollars trying to keep the erratic nature of renewables from crashing the electric power system. But these efforts are routinely portrayed as storage for when renewables do not run. Stabilization is the opposite of storage. We are being lied to about renewables.”

REMEMBER that fashionable, anti-mining hashtag #KeepItInTheGround? Neither to the hypocritical, faux-green, “save the planet”, UNreliables enthusiasts.

4 tonnes of copper goes into each windmill, alone. Imagine how much mining for toxic materials out of the Congo is needed to firm up California for 103 seconds at night, or when the wind stops!

More astonishing, and dangerous eco-insanity.

https://twitter.com/jwspry/status/1347389126576807940?s=21

PA Pundits - International

By David Wojick, Ph.D. ~

California has hooked up a grid battery system that is almost ten times bigger than the previous world record holder, but when it comes to making renewables reliable it is so small it might as well not exist.

The new battery array is rated at a storage capacity of 1,200 megawatt hours (MWh); easily eclipsing the record holding 129 MWh Australian system built by Tesla a few years ago. However, California peaks at a whopping 42,000 MW. If that happened on a hot, low wind night this supposedly big battery would keep the lights on for just 1.7 minutes (that’s 103 seconds). This is truly a trivial amount of storage.

Mind you this system is being built to serve just Pacific Gas & Electric. But they by coincidence peak at about half of California, or 21,000 MWh, so they get a magnificent 206 seconds of…

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One Comment on “California Secretly Struggles With Renewables”

  1. LazyReader says:

    Electricity consumption in the United States was about 3.9 trillion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2019 (information from Energy Information Association and Dept of Energy) That’s 10.6 billion kw-h per day. There are over 300 million light duty vehicles in the US that use Gasoline (Cars, vans, etc, not including motorcycles, scooters and street legal vehicles). Many studies calculate meter-to-wheel efficiencies of electric vehicles but fail to take into account traffic and most of all inclement weather which robs efficiency. You also forget to factor in
    power conversion and thermodynamic losses of grid transmission and electricity generation.Switch to EV’s wont decrease oil demand, it’ll INCREASE it.

    In 2019, about 142.71 billion gallons of motor gasoline were consumed in the United States, 390 million gallons per day. That’s 47 Petajoules or 13 Billion kilowatt hours equivalent daily. For comparisons sake; the US uses 10 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity PER DAY, A so called Electric car future almost Increases US electric use by over 50%, to an additional 7 Billion kilowatt-hours. Still generating 7 Billion kilowatt-hours in a 24 hour period.
    A typical 1000 Megawatt power plant with 95% capacity factor will generate 22,800 Megawatt-hours per day (22,800,000 kilowatt-hours) 7 Billion divided by 22.8 million = 307. So you’ll need 307 1000 Megawatt power plants. Being met with geographically expansive renewables like wind and solar with Very poor capacity factors of 25-30%. Regardless requires a 10-20 fold increase in grid construction to send that power across huge geographic location. California cant even keep it’s current electrical grid from falling apart, but cars and transit that run on electricity, the most expensive in the continental US will solve climate.

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