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California’s Green Energy Mania Prices Electricity Like a Luxury Good

With predictable blackouts, unreliable electric grid, state is creating dreadful imbalances that will lead to energy rationing

By Ted Gaines, March 5, 2022 2:22 am

California is failing at the government basics. Public safety, homelessness, roads, and water storage are all in shambles. But as long as that shameful list is, it’s about to get longer. With summer around the corner, when demand is at its zenith, our energy supply will not be up to the task.

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California’s headlong rush towards zero-carbon power will cost consumers through wildly expensive electricity rates and lower grid reliability. That’s a lose-lose for California families and businesses who want to avoid blackouts and avoid energy poverty.

Golden State politicians and Progressives – groups with an almost total overlap – live in dread fear of possible changes in weather decades in the future. Instead of planning for localized mitigations to deal with changing climate, they’ve decided to remake our entire energy sector, replacing affordable, dependable sources with their opposites.

A case in point is the closing of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, scheduled to stop operations in 2025. Despite disingenuous claims that PG&E is choosing to close this facility, they are being forced into closure by California regulators who can make relicensing extraordinarily time consuming and expensive.

How important is Diablo Canyon? It currently produces about as much power as all the rooftop solar in the entire state.  And unlike solar and wind, this power is available on-demand, 24/7. PG&E, the plant’s owner, alleges it will replace all the lost power with so-called green, renewable resources, but what if it can’t?

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a non-profit dedicated to promoting grid reliability, thinks it won’t. NERC notes that California already has insufficient reserve power to meet demand during a heat wave. Closing Diablo Canyon will only contribute to declining reserve margins, according to NERC.

All of that is to say that blackouts are coming when it gets hot in California, as it does every summer. Don’t be surprised when your AC won’t click on, or you’re burning candles for light in this supposedly advanced state. The blackouts are entirely predictable and a direct result of California energy policy making our grid unreliable by replacing on-demand resources with intermittent ones.

And remember, California is pushing people into electric cars through incentives and government decrees. Many people will be charging up those EVs when they get home from work, right after solar energy production peaks. We are creating dreadful imbalances that will lead to energy rationing in one of the wealthiest areas in the world.

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen recently tweeted about the Ukrainian crisis and its effect on our energy markets and independence: “Build 1,000 new state of the art nuclear power plants in the US and Europe, right now. We won’t, but we should.” He’s right all the way around regarding energy independence and reliance on aggressive rogue states such as Russia for our energy.

But it’s the last line that hits closest to home in California. We need to reverse our green energy mania that prices electricity like a luxury good and guarantees blackouts. Dependable, affordable energy is within our grasp if we commit to predictable, on-demand resources such as nuclear and natural gas. We won’t, but we should.

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10 thoughts on “California’s Green Energy Mania Prices Electricity Like a Luxury Good

  1. Democrat controlled California is pushing green energy to enrich themselves. They do not care about whether the technology will actually perform reliably throughout the day. It democrats actually cared about people, especially the poor, the goal would be to make energy cheap, reliable, and accessible. California must become an abject failure for any political change to take place. The electoral corruption and ignorance or stupidity of the residents are too great to overcome.

  2. My electric bill has doubled in the past three years with no change in energy consumption. The same people who authorized the utility to double my electric rates are the same ones who want me to buy an electric car. No way! I’m not an idiot.

    Right now electric car electricity rates are subsidized and less than half the regular rates. After the Democrats get everyone to buy an electric car, the subsidies will be gone. Then they will really jack up the rates, because the same Democrats who wanted you to get an electric car ultimately want you out of your car completely and on public transportation.

    Wake up people!

  3. These energy policies have empowered Putin – think of how much smaller their economy and resources would have been if the world stopped buying its energy after Cirema was seized.

    I know environmentalists that have solar – they tell me it cannot provide power for the house AND charge their Telsa – it is either one or the other.

    This whole thing is a fairy tale – I will second the call – WAKE UP PEOPLE

  4. Comrades are always naive and believe there is a Utopia built on no sacrifices….you gotta rip off someone to make it these days Comrades…..otherwise your chum…….

  5. This is all be design. If these fascists have their way only the elites will have power while you sweat or freeze in your 80 square foot Great Reset apartment.

    Ol’ Newsomolini may be the first on trial in his Mental Illness court. 😉

  6. Do Golden State politicians and Progressives really live in dread fear of possible changes in weather decades in the future…or are they following the dictates of their deep-state New World Order globalist masters like Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum to destroy the state’s economy as part of the Great Reset and implement a one world government?

  7. The Dem Party policy is scarcity. It gives them more power and control. They also allows them to lower the standard of living for the working men and women of America.

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