California plots to fight 'AWOL' Trump on climate

California has led the way in promoting solar energy and electric cars and has the largest fleet of zero-emissions vehicles in t
California has led the way in promoting solar energy and electric cars and has the largest fleet of zero-emissions vehicles in the country

California stands poised to fill the US leadership vacuum in the battle against climate change, analysts say, as the state's governor Jerry Brown headed to China on Friday for a high-profile visit largely centered on environmental issues.

No sooner had President Donald Trump made his announcement on Thursday to pull out of the landmark Paris climate deal, that Brown fired off a statement decrying the decision and vowing to push ahead with ambitious climate policies.

"Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course. He's wrong on the facts... he's wrong on the science," said Brown before embarking on his weeklong China trip.

"California will resist this misguided and insane course of action," added the 79-year-old politician who has long championed environmental causes. "Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle."

Experts said the Golden State, which has the sixth largest economy in the world, was well placed to pick up the mantle of leadership on the international stage given its aggressive policies on .

'Beacon of sanity'

"California has had a remarkable history already of leading the way on climate change, especially on climate change regulation, and it has the most ambitious economy-wide climate target in the United States," said Cara Horowitz, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA.

"So it has served as a beacon of sanity in some way for the United States and through the world on climate policy," she added.

The state—which has some of the worst air pollution in the country—in the last decade has dramatically slashed its climate-warming emissions.

It has pledged to cut to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

California Governor Jerry Brown is heading to China for a high-profile visit largely centered on environmental issues
California Governor Jerry Brown is heading to China for a high-profile visit largely centered on environmental issues

California also has its own vehicle-emissions standards—exceeding federal standards—which have been adopted by more than a dozen other states.

In addition, it has led the way in promoting solar energy and electric cars and has the largest fleet of zero-emissions vehicles in the country.

Experts say such aggressive action, which has served as a blueprint for the rest of the country as well as other nations, including China, puts the western state in a prime position to continue leading the charge against .

"In some ways, California has been leading all along... and the governor, by sheer force of will and passion, will continue to accelerate that work," said Evan Gillespie, deputy director at the Sierra Club, where he oversees California's clean energy program.

"I think the administration in (Washington) DC has only emboldened both the public and elected officials in the state to step up and go bigger."

He added that California's long struggle with air quality and its reputation as the nation's green trailblazer meant there was no turning back for the state.

"There's a lot of momentum that is already built into our economy that is propelling us toward a cleaner future," he said. "I think the cost (of turning back) is too high not only from a climate perspective but from an economic perspective."

Experts also noted that despite all the theatrics surrounding Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and efforts by his administration to undermine clean energy policies, individual and cities still make their own decisions on a host of issues, including , and California is a prime example.

"The world will now be looking at California, China, the European Union and others who are willing to take up the mantle of leadership," Horowitz noted.

"California is certainly at the forefront now of US and there is tremendous political will to continue to serve that role."


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Jun 03, 2017
It seems President Trump has done more for climate change than anyone else in history. He has united the world and big business in a way no one else has. Gosh, he is caggy and knew just how to do it. Reminds me of Cassius Clay, by making everyone hate him he brought boxing into a new golden age. :-)
I guess in this case the end did justify the means.

Jun 04, 2017
The brain trust in Sacramento, led by Governor Moonbeam and his party, is doing a remarkable job of driving up the cost of energy in almost every form, especially electricity and petroleum, as well as the cost of almost everything else, while simultaneously making electricity more unreliable. Californians pay 50% more than the national average for electricity, among the most expensive in the country.

https://www.eia.g...mt_5_6_a

I wonder if that's why the big tech companies that preach the gospel of "green" build their energy hungry data centers in other states.

Thank goodness California is gleefully making all the big energy policy mistakes so the rest of us don't have to. We won't get to enjoy frequent rolling blackouts like they do but we can probably live with that.

http://institutef...-issues/

Jun 04, 2017
aksdad: Wow, I lived in Cali for seven years and experienced only two blackouts in all that time - do you think you might be overstating it a little bit?

Jun 04, 2017
And this is exactly what President Trump wanted. To throw things back to the people, to the States themselves. They think they are resisting the President by going ahead and fighting climate change. Ha!

Jun 04, 2017
Trump did not clean our air and water. We did.

This story is how the Good Guys can take care of themselves while waiting to take care of others.

Jun 05, 2017
aksdad: Wow, I lived in Cali for seven years and experienced only two blackouts in all that time - do you think you might be overstating it a little bit?


It's like climate change - just because your neighborhood wasn't affected doesn't mean it isn't happening:

http://abcnews.go...p;page=1
Rolling Blackouts Hit California Again

For the first time since January, rolling blackouts were ordered in California today, turning out the lights in approximately 500,000 homes, including some in Beverly Hills.

Officials at California's Independent System Operator (ISO), which monitors the state's power grid, called a Stage Three alert at midday because of increased temperatures, a higher power demand and a lack of electricity from the Northwest.

Jun 05, 2017
Solar energy is no match for increasing clouds in new little ice age, lasting until 2053. Clouds caused by increased cosmic rays. Dark matter reactors are better option for microgrids

Jun 05, 2017
Trump did not clean our air and water. We did.

This story is how the Good Guys can take care of themselves while waiting to take care of others.


You personally didn't do jack s*** except swindle other people's money.

Look at this graph for the real-time CAISO system load: http://www.caiso....tus.html

The peak power demand is going to hit at 18:00 hours. The peak solar power output is at 12:00 hours. How do the two meet?

The don't. You can see from the day before renewables graph that the renewables power output is dropping like a stone right at 18:00 hours when the power demand peak happens, which means the grid utilities are using very expensive peaking powerplants to ramp up production to cover up for the missing renewables. That includes diesel generators because the more efficient and less expensive powerplants cannot throttle up that fast.

This is why Californians are paying so much more. Gas is cheap, but the system is broken.

Jun 05, 2017
From the yesterday's net demand graph you can also see the duckbill effect caused by installed solar power. The net demand at mid-day was 12,000 MW and the net peak at 9 pm was almost 27,000 MW.

Any additional solar power to the grid isn't going to do anything about the peak rates because the peak has shifted into the evening. Instead, the utilities are in great troubles because they have to ramp their production up and down by 60% every day. Without the renewables, the daily variation in net demand would be half that, so the addition of solar power has increased the need for load following peaking powerplants by 100%

Jun 05, 2017
And here's another problem. The power utilities are increasingly using reciprocating engines, very large diesel engines powered with natural gas, to meet the peak loads. However, these diesel engines produce a ton of NO2 which is a component of smog, and the EPA isn't happy about that, which puts even more cost on peak power:

http://www.power-...ors.html
EPA Rules Pose a Concern for Peaking Diesel Generators

(...) the new NO2 NAAQS, which requires compliance based on hourly emissions averages rather than the annual average, means that many existing plants now exceed the one-hour ambient standard and new plants will struggle to meet it.


Of course the NO2 emissions from the older diesel generators wasn't a good thing to begin with - but hey, you want more renewables, you deal with the consequences.

Jun 05, 2017
You can also find the renewable energy curtailment reports on the CAISO website

http://www.caiso....tailment

They are starting to block energy coming from renewables because it simply doesn't fit in the grid. Up to the end of May this year, a total of 276,780 MWh of renewable energy, worth about $35 million in retail, went unused because of oversupply conditions.

Solar power represents just 13% of the installed capacity in the CAISO area, yet:

http://www.utilit.../438188/
CAISO: Renewable energy curtailment could hit 8,000 MW this spring


So who's doing the misguided and the insane? The whole electric system in California is creaking at the seams as the politicians are pushing for 30-40-50% renewables without any realistic plan or technology to pull it off. The prices just keep going up and the reliability of the grid down.

Jun 05, 2017
More reading:

https://www.platt...21508104

California oversupply volumes grow, ISO curtails more renewables

Matching the increased curtailment volumes, the ISO experienced curtailments in 31.1% of its market intervals so far this year, up from 21.1% a year ago, 15.9% in 2015 and 9.6% in 2014, he added.

California's net load -- actual load minus wind and solar production -- and its late afternoon ramps are at levels the ISO expected to see in 2020, according to Rothleder.


Jun 05, 2017
So, we are so successful, we now have extra energy, and actually turn off cheap stuff.

What was your point?

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