Sunday, June 11, 2017

Road To California -- June 11, 2017

This is such an incredibly amazing story coming out of California regarding electricity, I'm just going to post the link; maybe come back to it later.

Here's the link: a Central Valley power plant may close as the state pushed new building at customers' expense.

This was absolutely predicted: we called it "the road to Germany."

This story, of course, naturally requires an update of Ivanpah. From Bloomberg. California now says Ivanpah meets "emissions standards" and can continue operating. If you read between the lines, it is easy to see that lawyers and regulators for both sides (the state vs Ivanpah) saw across the table, did some fancy calculations and projections, and came to some sort of agreement. It pretty much means this experiment is not likely to be tried again if Californians have any sense.

Breitbart has another view.
The California Air Resources Board’s most recent analysis reportedly found that during Ivanpah’s second year of operation, carbon emissions from gas, used to focus Ivanpah’s mirrors at night, jumped by 48.4 percent, to 68,676 metric tons.

The joint venture between BrightSource Energy, NRG, Google and Bechtel was approved by the Obama administration as its biggest alternative-energy project on public lands. The project also received $1.6 billion in taxpayer loan guarantees, and $600 million in federal tax credits, to reduce carbon emissions by 400,000 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions per year.

But carbon emissions data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration demonstrats that natural gas consumption at Ivanpah increased by about 7 percent in the first three quarters of 2016, compared to the prior year.

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