Last week, I shared an article about Michael Shellenberger's quest to become governor and his goal of moving the state toward embracing nuclear power. I opined that California (and the rest of the country, too, for that matter) needs to start taking the cost and availability of electricity seriously. Today's article shows just how much of a shortfall we face.
In an online briefing with reporters, the officials forecast a potential shortfall of 1,700 megawatts this year, a number that could go as high as 5,000 MW if the grid is taxed by multiple challenges that reduce available power while sending demand soaring, state officials said during an online briefing with reporters.
The basic arithmetic-challenged belief that we can supply all our needs with wind and solar, while simultaneously migrating our daily transportation onto an already struggling grid is a flawed religion that will endanger lives. We need to treat the energy infrastructure as the critical resource it has become. It is time to can the politicians and put the real engineers in charge.