How much will Ohio energy prices rise, if the mandate committee releases the ‘freeze’ on renewables? More BigWind = Higher electricity rates…
…Indeed, the dirty secret of California’s headlong rush toward lower carbon-dioxide emissions and renewables is that the state’s wealthiest residents – who generally live in coastal areas where air-conditioning demand and, therefore, electricity use, is lowest – are shouldering less of the burden than Californians who live in inland locales that are hotter and generally poorer.
For example, in 2013, the average summer electric bill for a household in Hanford, an agricultural town in King’s County – located in the San Joaquin Valley and one of the poorest counties in the state – was over $500 per month. Meanwhile, in Mill Valley, located just north of San Francisco in wealthy Marin County, the average bill was just over $200. Thus, in Kings County, where the median household income is $48,133, residents are paying more than twice as much for electricity in the summer as are residents of Marin, even though the median household in Marin, according to the Census Bureau, has an annual income of $90,839, a level that is 89 percent higher than the median in Kings County.
In short, California’s renewable energy mandates and climate change policies may make wealthy coastal residents feel virtuous, but those policies are having a disproportionate economic impact on the poor….
Californians already pay some of the country’s highest electricity prices. But the full impact of the state’s renewable-energy mandates – which require one-third of the state’s electricity be produced from renewable sources by 2020 – has yet to be felt. Today, the state is getting about 20 percent of its electricity from renewables. Obtaining the remaining 13 percent will require increased reliance on wind and solar energy, which are more costly than conventional generation and will require billions of dollars in upgrades to transmission and distribution systems. upgrades.
California is further hurting the climate cause by shutting down its nuclear plants, facilities that have provided decades of power that was both baseload and low-carbon, the daily double of electricity generation.
How expensive will the renewable mandates be? A 2009 study by the California Public Utilities Commission estimated the state would have to spend about $115 billion on new infrastructure to meet the 33 percent-renewable goal by 2020. That amounts to about $2,900 for each Californian….
Renewable energy mandates same as a tax on the poor – The Orange County Register.