The realities listed, below, are inevitable. How will it affect YOU? Your place of business? Your hospital? The green lobbyists are hiding these truths from our legislators and, instead, focusing on the benefits for climate change (zero proof of this benefit). In a previous blog, we have referred to the BigWind lobby group as ‘illusionists’ and that could not be more true here. As we add more INstability into our grid in the USA, we will eventually see the problems discussed below…
Most supporters of renewable energy development are probably pretty comfortable with the way things are going. Wind and Solar generation has been increasing both in “nameplate capacity” and in actual production of electricity. There have not been any significant grid failures that can be blamed on renewables. Apart from a consolidation within the solar cell manufacturing sector there have not been any notable bankruptcies within the electricity generating sector. All visible signs are positive for a continued expansion of renewable resources….
But a new day is dawning in the U.S. and it could be a darn cold (or hot) one.
The EPA announced regulations in December 2011 that will require coal-fired thermal generation plants to clean up or shut down. The reality is that for many of these plants it will not be feasible to clean them up. In fact, in some cases the EPA will not even allow them to be updated with modern pollution controls. As a result more than 40 GW of firm generation capacity will be decommissioned over the next several years.
Like the concrete block in the Youtube video the system is not displaying any outward signs of weakness. The question is this – will the North American electricity system encounter its own version of second 2:41?