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Solar Power Could Overload Power Grids

That old saying “too much of a good thing” now may apply to solar power causing overloads on national power grids, at least according to this article from the Daily Mail anyway…..

Relying too heavily on solar power could overload the power grid, a German energy expert has warned.

The move to push people into installing rooftop solar panels has been hugely successful in Germany with citizens encouraged to fit  the panels and then sell any surplus power back to the national grid.

Generous subsidies from the government has also seen the uptake of solar energy soar.

But Stephan Kohler, an energy adviser to the government, has warned that the green boom could turn into a disaster for Germany’s aging power grid.

‘The network is facing a congestion due to solar power,’ Kohler told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. ‘That’s why the expansion of solar power has to be cut back quickly and drastically.’

His warning highlights one of the problems with rushing too quickly onto relying on renewable sources to fill any energy shortfall.

Well, I have to say this makes me wonder what the end result of this push in California for wind and solar power will be? You can’t store it, it goes into the power grid.  California’s been a screwed up mess for decades. Many of our roads and highways are about as good as goat trails and the state’s deficit is about $20 billion dollars. Think California will have enough money to fix the power grid  up to survive all this solar and wind power that AB32 is going to push?

Think I’m full of it? Well look at the recent gas line explosion in San Bruno, California to see just how wonderful our existing infrastructure in California is, or look at the state of our water system, which is antiquated and in dire need of more water storage to take care of the needs of an increasing population.

I don’t, I think it will go like this. The greentards will push to stop Prop 23 and leave AB32 in force. Then we’ll get the honor of subsidizing all this new wind and solar power which will drive up costs in California. Then some “genius” will figure out our power grid can’t handle it and guess what? We’ll get screwed again by having to either pay additional taxes or increased energy bills to subsidize rebuilding the power grid.

Think I”m wrong? Well, when your PG & E, Edison or tax bill  (or all of them) go up to fix the boondoggle, or your power goes out for days on end because the overload melted power lines and blew up transformers, I hope you remember I warned you.

Let’s try looking before we leap in California for a change. The only way to accomplish that is vote no on Prop 23 and slow it down a notch and figure out what the issues and solutions are before we leap into a morass of additional expense to satisfy the dubious science surrounding anthropogenic global warming. Let’s work on existing problems before we create new ones that we can’t afford.

Source: Daily Mail

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The Future of US Energy Policy?

Want a look at what we’ll be facing if Congress and the President try to become USA-Eurotard? Read Christopher Booker’s column in the Telegraph titled “British energy policy is in crisis.”  Here’s  a hint of what’s going to come if people don’t wake up and start telling the greentards to start being more reasonable and quit living in la-la land, making unreasonable demands that result in overpriced, inefficient power.

  • £20,000 heat pumps that are basically worthless for the most part that will cost £13 billion by 2030, far more than they’re worth.
  • Overpriced solar plants that are heavily subsidised putting out about 1/1,000th of what ONE coal plant does.
  • Biomass plants that lose money
  • Overpriced electric cars that don’t go very far, again government subsidized, that will overtax and overtaxed electric grid when they all start getting plugged in.
  • Overpriced, subsidized, inefficient wind turbines that don’t generate enough power and generate no power when there is no wind, thus requiring coal or gas power plants to be online to take up the slack when there’s no wind.

It’s time to get realistic about what we’re doing in the United States because emulating the UK will only put us into bankruptcy faster than we’re already heading for it. We need clean power with a reasonable cost, a return on investment, no need for government subsidy, that is reliable and efficient.

But, every time you want to build  a nuclear power plant you get the greentards protesting, and no one seems enamored with natural gas even though it doesn’t pollute much.

More CO2 Insanity.

Source: The Telegraph

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Think Solar and Wind are the Way to Go?

Think solar and wind are cheap alternatives to coal power plants? Per this paper from Peter Lang, Emission Cuts Realities – Electricity Generation they’re not as cheap as you think, not to mention as feasible.


Five options for cutting CO2 emissions from electricity generation in Australia are compared with a “Business as Usual‟ option over the period 2010 to 2050. The six options comprise combinations of coal, gas, nuclear, wind and solar thermal technologies.

The conclusions: The nuclear option reduces CO2 emissions the most, is the only option that can be built quickly enough to make the deep emissions cuts required, and is the least cost of the options that can cut emissions sustainably. Solar thermal and wind power are the highest cost of the options considered. The cost of avoiding emissions is lowest with nuclear and highest with solar and wind power.

Peter Lang is a retired geologist and engineer with 40 years experience on a wide range of energy projects throughout the world, including managing energy R&D and providing policy advice for government and opposition. His experience includes: coal, oil, gas, hydro, geothermal, nuclear power plants, nuclear waste disposal, and a wide range of energy end use management projects

I hope you enjoy his paper, which goes to show you again, that the people in charge need to start looking before they’re leaping.  Per this paper they’re wasting time and money on boondoggles, when they should be building nuclear power plants that will reduce CO2 with the best cost-benefit and quickest effect.

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Solar Power Realities

Peter Lang has a paper titled “Solar Power Realities” that gets down to the nitty-gritty about solar power.

He’s a retired geologist and engineer with 40 years experience on a wide range of energy products throughout the world, including managing energy R & D and providing policy advice for government and opposition. His experience includes coal, oil, gas, hydro, geothermal, nuclear power plants, nuclear waste disposal, and a wide range of energy and end use management projects.

Here is the abstract.

This paper provides a simple analysis of the capital cost of solar power and energy storage sufficient to meet the demand of Australia’s National Electricity Market. It also considers some of the environmental effects.

It puts the figures in perspective by looking at the limit position, the paper highlights the very high costs imposed by mandating and subsidising solar power. The minimum power output, not the peak or average, is the main factor governing solar power’s economic viability. The capital cost would be 20 times more than nuclear power. The least-cost solar option would require 400 times more land area and emit 20 times more CO2 than nuclear power.

Conclusions: solar power is uneconomic. Government mandates and subsidies hide the true cost of renewable energy but these additional costs must be carried by others.

Here is a link to his paper (PDF).

He as also written an addendum, here is a link (PDF).

Here is a link to another paper of his on the cost of transmission (PDF).

Here is a link to Brave New Climate where the papers and articles about this reside.

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Solar Power Generation


Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park, Spain

Here we have a nice article by Terence Cardwell about solar. Terence knows what he’s talking about, he’s been in the power business for 25 years.

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