Heads Up California – We are Next (Amended)

Russ Steele

We have often heard President Obama claim that the Danes receive 20% of their power via the wind. The truth is much different. Danish experts came to Washington this week to set the record straight.

WASHINGTON – President Obama has frequently cited Denmark as an example to be followed in the field of wind power generation, stating on several occasions that the Danes satisfy “20 percent of their electricity through wind power.” The findings of a new study released this week cast serious doubt on the accuracy of that statement. The report finds that in 2006 scarcely five percent of the nation’s electricity demand was met by wind. And over the past five years, the average is less than 10 percent — despite Denmark having ‘carpeted’ its land with the machines. More details HERE.

In California we are carpeting the state with these wind machines, and CARB is planning to get 33% of the states energy from wind and solar. If wind and only provides less than 10%, that means that solar has to make up the difference. It is highly unlikely that solar can provide the additional 23%, since is only operates 50% of the time when the sun is shining.

Next door in Germany the solar industry is in total collapse. P. Gosslin has the details from German:

The European Institute for Climate and Energy here (EIKE) sums up the bad news in Germany’s energy industry, all brought on by failed green energy policies. What a mess! And things are set to get a lot worse.

Bad news have been rolling in from all fronts over the last months and weeks. The green energy generals are now in their bunkers with trembling hands. Oh the agony when reality turns out to be the opposite of what the models projected. Countries contemplating Germany’s green, centrally planned energy path really need to rethink!

On the bankruptcy of solar company Sovello, 1000 employees are getting a pink slip. Earlier, RWE announced 2400 would lose their jobs. That mans the number of layoffs at RWE is now up to a whopping 10,400.  More details HERE.

Yet, CARB and the environmental wackos in Sacramento continue to plunge forward demanding that 33% of the States power come from wind and solar. We are in more trouble than we can ever imagine. We will soon have brown out and black outs when the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine after sundown.  We have our generator, and I am looking for a large diesel storage tank.  What are business going to do that depend on stable reliable electrical power? Leave the state?

First they should vote for Romney, he has an Energy Plan –  Drill Baby Drill in proven gas and oil reserves.  Where as, the Obama’s plan is to throw more money at failed, and failing, solar and wind companies.  Either way, we are screwed in California as long as the environmental wackos are in charge in Sacramento, especially with the federal renewable subsidies drying up.  Even if Romney is elected and approves drilling, it will never happen in California.

Addendum ( 08-23-12, 21:00) A report from the field on why wind and solar will fail, unless we are forces to use it by Cap and Trade.

I Had a Green Job

In 2008 I completed my Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford and took a “Green Job” with a solar company. Excitingly, it seemed to match the green rhetoric–to have potential to create the incredible value of cleaner, cheaper energy.

Unfortunately, the more I learned about my job and industry, the more I realized they were fundamentally flawed.

Management said we would be competitive with oil and gas once we manufactured panels for $1.00/watt. But as a mechanical engineer, I learned most of solar’s cost is not panels themselves but “balance of system” (BOS) components like DC to AC converters, wiring, and structural mounting, adding about $3.00/watt for a best-case total of $4.00/watt. Coal and hydroelectric systems cost as low as $2.10/watt and $1.00/watt, respectively. Ifound no evidence that solar’s BOS costs would decrease meaningfully.

Nor did anyone have a solution to the problem that has plagued solar and wind energy since their inception: intermittency. Solar and wind energy come intermittently, with no means to store it for later use that wouldn’t add considerably to their already-high cost. Thus, the idea of a large scale solar and wind economy is farcical.

If the industry was fundamentally unproductive, so were my colleagues and I. We were wasting a tragic amount of time, talent–and other people’s money–making a far inferior form of power when we could have been creating real advances in other, legitimate kinds of energy.

Just as disturbing was what these “jobs” did to people’s spirits. Every high-ranking person in solar or wind must eventually figure out, as I did, that he cannot compete in the market, that his competitive advantages are government subsidies and forced limitations on competitors.

Whatever technical advances we made didn’t solve the intractable problems, so our real victories came in forms such as the Cap and Trade Bill. I learned of the bill’s passage in the House of Representatives while driving home from a day spent on an interesting technical project. I knew my work was trivial in comparison. Our true means of revenue-generation was forcibly limiting carbon emissions, to force consumers into using energy sources like ours. [My emphasis]

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/08/22/had-green-job/#ixzz24QqXZN2M


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

5 Responses to Heads Up California – We are Next (Amended)

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    The sleep of reason breeds monsters.

  2. gjrebane says:

    Unfortunately none of these facts and experience argued with reason make a dent in the minds of undecideds. Local lackeys like Frisch paint a totally opposite picture which no one is smart enough to put together in light of California’s economy plummeting. I recall as a child listening in the evenings to Goebbels telling the Germans of all the glorious victories the Wehrmacht was winning for the Third Reich. The trouble was that each succeeding ‘victory’ was always closer to Berlin.

  3. Arthur M. Day. says:

    But what did gjrebane learn? Could it have been to accurately recognize propaganda when he heard it or saw it?

  4. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    Just a thought, maybe rather building all these new ones all the time, maybe fix all the broken ones first – but I know we wouldn’t need to buy as many new ones

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