Why California’s Climate Policies Are Causing Electricity Blackouts
Discussion posted by: Papertroll
Millions of Californians were denied electrical power and thus air conditioning during a heatwave, raising the risk of heatstroke and death, particularly among the elderly and sick. The blackouts come at a time when people, particularly the elderly, are forced to remain indoors due to Covid-19. Even though the cost of solar panels declined dramatically between 2011 and 2019, their unreliable and weather-dependent nature meant that they imposed large new costs in the form of storage and transmission to keep electricity as reliable. Electricity from solar goes away at the very moment when the demand for electricity rises.