Who woulda thunk it? When the wind doesn’t blow Wind Turbines produce 0% amount of energy. When it’s cloudy out or when it becomes night, Solar Panels become as useful as condoms are to Joe Biden.
Newsom said Monday that the state had to “sober up” about the fact that renewable energy sources had failed to provide enough power for the state at peak demand, and needed “backup” and “insurance” from other sources.
Newsom addressed journalists and the public in the midst of ongoing electricity blackouts that began on Friday, as hundreds of thousands of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) customers in northern and central California lost power.
There is currently a high demand for electricity across the state, as the entire West Coast has been hit by a heatwave and record-breaking temperatures.
One reason the state lacked power, officials admitted, was its over-reliance on “renewables” — i.e. wind and solar power.
There was not enough wind to keep turbines going, Newsom said, and cloud cover and nightfall restricted solar power.
“While we’ve had some peak gust winds,” he explained, “wind gust events across the state have been relatively mild.”
That was good for fighting fires, he said, but bad for the “renewable portfolio” in the state’s energy infrastructure. In addition, high demand for electricity in the evening hours, coupled with less input from solar plants, created strain.
On Friday, Newsom said, the state had fallen about 1,000 megawatts short; on Saturday, it fell 450 megawatts short. Sunday saw only “modest or minor” interruptions. But on Monday, he said, the state would be 4,400 megawatts short of “where we believe we need to be.”
“This next few days, we are anticipating being challenged,” Newsom said, as the heat wave was predicted to last through Wednesday.
“We failed to predict and plan these shortages,” Newsom admitted boldly, “and that’s simply unacceptable.” He said he took responsibility for the crisis, and for addressing it immediately, so that “we never come back into this position again.”
Newsom said the state would try to address shortfalls through conservation, and through procuring new sources of energy.
Though the state would continue its “transition” to 100% renewable energy, Newsom said, “we cannot sacrifice reliability as we move forward in this transition.”
He promised “forecasting that is more sober” regarding solar energy and a stronger focus on energy storage.
As we’ve mentioned about a gazillion times, while tree-huggers love touting new green technologies such as bendable solar panels, or even more powerful wind turbines. The one fact remains no matter how much energy they produce, it’s still being stored in batteries that haven’t advanced one iota in decades.
California’s shift toward “green” energy has made Democrats deliriously giddy, dreaming of imposing even more ambitious targets for renewable energy nationwide.
Until humans can achieve a revolutionary breakthrough in energy storage then the climate change crazies dream of a 100% renewable energy Earth will remain the stuff of Science-Fiction.
Climate Change Crazies Demand We Run Before We Can Even Crawl
As Breitbart News noted Monday:
California has been rushing to replace fossil fuel energy sources with “renewables,” primarily wind and solar power, in pursuit of its own version of the “Green New Deal.”
In 2018, then-Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a law requiring the state to obtain 100% of its energy needs from renewables by 2045, though no one could explain how the state would do that.
In 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced the Green New Deal, which aimed to achieve the same goal by 2030.
And in 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, adopted a version of the Green New Deal that commits the U.S. to reach 100% renewables in electricity generation by 2035.