Thursday, February 28, 2013

California Girds for Electricity Woes

 Rebecca Smith

Increased Reliance on Wind, Solar Power Means Power Production Fluctuates -- California is weighing how to avoid a looming electricity crisis that could be brought on by its growing reliance on wind and solar power.  Regulators and energy companies met Tuesday, hoping to hash out a solution to the peculiar stresses placed on the state's network by sharp increases in wind and solar energy. Power production from renewable sources fluctuates wildly, depending on wind speeds and weather.  California has encouraged growth in solar and wind power to help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. At the same time, the state is running low on conventional plants, such as those fueled by natural gas, ...At Tuesday’s meeting, experts cautioned that the state could begin seeing problems with reliability as soon as 2015.  To Read More…..

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