Aggregator • MaxedOutMama • ID=80085
I have had to spend over $500 to even out the power supply at SuperDoc's. Renewables blew the grid voltage. I put a monitor on it and just watched the incoming voltage flicker. It's so bad now that it is going to blow out his AC unit if he's not careful. The thing has begun tripping and going offline due to the fluctuations.
Germany is now coping with the same thing, and so far industries are largely coping by taking over their own generation, which will inevitably increase the use of fossil fuels.
The move to gas in Germany did not occur, because of high costs and inability to recover the investment due to the priority of wind/solar in purchases. So Germany is burning more coal instead.
In the US CO2 emissions are steadily dropping. We might want to think all of this over before following in Germany's path. NG is now cheap and it emits less CO2 than coal. If you believe that CO2 is harmful to the environment, the fact that US CO2 emissions are back to early 1990s levels (when we were in a recession) is highly significant and positive.
The extreme variability of wind makes it a very useless combo with any fossil-fuel combos. If you are compensating with hydro, you can do it without too much problem, but that isn't possible in most places. It's also a very bad mix with nuclear power.
As soon as you push the grid to the failure point for industrial operations, companies that stay will have to go to their own generation, and that pushes up fossil fuel usage.
To understand just how much of a climate disaster on-grid wind power is, see the BPA wind page.
I made you guys a graph from the data. This is January of this year. Note the fascinating erraticism of the orange wind curve. The best part of it is that it is fractal - if you look at a shorter time frame (they publish five minute samples) the curve remains as loopy.
This is their current seven day rolling chart:... more