California's solar energy set power supply record in March

April 11, 2017

A new estimate from the U.S. government shows that California met its goal to produce about half the state's electricity from renewable sources for three hours on March 11.

The estimate comes from the U.S. Department of Energy's statistics division.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the division used data from the California Independent System Operator, which manages the electricity grid across 80 percent of California and part of Nevada.

The record was set when almost 40 percent of the electricity flowing across the grid came from large-scale solar power plants.

Factor in electricity produced by area homes and businesses, and solar met about half the overall electricity demand in the middle of the day.

California aims to have 50 percent of all electricity come from renewable sources by 2030.

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gkam
2.2 / 5 (10) Apr 11, 2017

We will have to increase that and add more wind and storage. We are shutting down our last two nukes at the appropriately-named Diablo Canyon.

With the range of alternatives in this large state, we can have mostly renewables in time.
WillieWard
2.3 / 5 (9) Apr 11, 2017
It produces energy when it is not needed, but when it is needed, when sun is not shinning, it is natural gas/fracking that keeps lights on. Eco-nuts believe "unreliable" is solution to climate change, it is a clear sign of "cognitive dissonance".
gkam
2.5 / 5 (11) Apr 11, 2017
Mine produces power during the day, when the peak arrives and they need power for A/C.

Speaking of "cognitive dissonance":

https://betanews....an-ever/

What are the six units at Fukushima producing? Immense debts?
WillieWard
2.3 / 5 (9) Apr 11, 2017
Speaking of "cognitive dissonance":
"Fukishima" instead of "Fukushima", it is a kind of reliable source that gskam, a self-entitled energy expert, uses to scare people in order to promote wind/solar "unreliable" energy. Lamentable!
gkam
1.9 / 5 (9) Apr 11, 2017
"Fukishima" instead of "Fukushima"
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WHAT?
howhot3
3.7 / 5 (9) Apr 11, 2017
It produces energy when it is not needed, but when it is needed, when sun is not shinning, it is natural gas/fracking that keeps lights on. Eco-nuts believe "unreliable" is solution to climate change, it is a clear sign of "cognitive dissonance".

Actually all electricity producers "Produce energy when it is not needed". Coal plant do it, Oil plants do it, Nuclear plants always do it. Your argument is BOGUS! You sir are a lier and a freak of the lying rightwing nut jobs. Now go away and make something else up.
WillieWard
2.1 / 5 (7) Apr 12, 2017
Actually all electricity producers "Produce energy when it is not needed". Coal plant do it, Oil plants do it, Nuclear plants always do it. Your argument is BOGUS!
But not so intermittently as bogus-green renewables does. Intermittent renewable is the most chaotic way of producing electricity, Germany is an example, with peaks of 90% renewable, Germans are always in risk of blackout due to intermittent oversupply(excess of energy when it is not needed), and of course, when energy is most needed, mainly at night or on cloudy days or during the winter, intermittent renewables are on vacation, so it is coal and other fossil fuels that keep lights on.
gkam
1.9 / 5 (9) Apr 13, 2017
How many entire clean grids could we build and operate for the cost of "cleaning up" Fukushima, now projected to be at least $190,000,000,000 and take over 40 years?
WillieWard
2.1 / 5 (7) Apr 13, 2017
$190,000,000,000
"All costs and damages in Fukushima outside the plant perimeter since the accident were the result of antinuclear fearmongering only."
"at Fukushima the number of people who died from nuclear radiation was zero, the number of people who got injured by nuclear radiation was zero. The amount of private property that was harmed by radiation was zero."
People are exposed to more radiation in a flight (65 mSv) than in Fukushima (20 mSv).
gkam
1.9 / 5 (9) Apr 13, 2017
Here are today's headlines.

"Westinghouse bankruptcy puts $8.3B in federal loan guarantees for Vogtle plant at risk"

http://www.utilit.../439508/

Yeah, it ain't $190,000,000,000, but $8,300,000,000 is too much to waste, don't you think?

Why do we give massive corporations free money when we have poor people who need help, bridges falling apart, and schools in bad repair?

You owe us an explanation, Willie.
gkam
1.6 / 5 (7) Apr 13, 2017
"Maryland passes 30% energy storage tax credit for residential, C&I installations"
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If/when California does that, we will have it at our house. We live in earthquake country, and I want to be self-sufficient if necessary.
WillieWard
2.1 / 5 (7) Apr 13, 2017
We live in earthquake country...
Earthquakes have nothing to do with nuclear fatalities which was zero at Fukushima. This kind of fearmongering speech has just served to induce Japan and Germany to burn more coal and California to burn natural gas to compensate intermittencies of bird-choppers that is far much deadlier than carbon-free nuclear power.

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