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California Gov. to Sign Bill Raising Renewable Energy Requirements
American Thinker ^ | 04/12/2011 | Richard Henry Lee

Posted on 04/12/2011 8:53:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

California Governor Jerry Brown will sign a bill today which will raise the required amount of costly renewable energy for electric generation in the Golden State to 33% while Texas Governor Rick Perry is likely grinning from ear to ear.

Texas and other business-friendly Western states such as Arizona and Utah, stand to benefit from California's latest payoff to the green lobby.  The bill boosts the electric renewable energy standard from its current 20% to 33% by the year 2020, and California consumers and businesses will be stuck with the additional cost.  Businesses will have one more reason to leave California or to avoid going there.

This legislation is part of a larger California program to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) to help keep the planet cool (the planet appears to be cooling off lately anyway).  California will soon have a carbon cap and trade program proposed by the California Air Resources Board under existing legislation.  (A judge has temporarily halted implementation due to a lawsuit by an environmental organization claiming that it does not go far enough.)  Cap and trade is, of course, a tax on fossil fuel use.  The Board has also proposed a low carbon standard for gasoline.  All of these programs have the undesirable effect of killing jobs due to higher energy prices.

Electric rates in California are already among the highest in the country and are set to increase 28% in real dollar terms by 2020 compared to rates in 2008 according to a study by the California Public Utilities Commission.  About 11% is attributed to additional renewable energy costs and the rest, about 17%, was going to happen anyway due in large part to a proposal by the State Water Resources Control Board to forcibly retire coastal power plants that use ocean water for cooling.

The actual electric rates could be higher for several reasons.  The House Republicans have proposed to slash subsidies of all kinds, including renewable energy, which would increase the net cost of building and operating new plants.

The study projects that wind will provide about 30% of the renewable energy mix using results from wind power computer modeling performed by the Department of Energy.  However, the real world experience of the United Kingdom with wind power offers a lesson.  A report by the John Muir Trust, a UK organization dedicated to the protection of wilderness, states:

Stuart Young, author of the report, said, "Over the two-year period studied in this report, the metered windfarms in the U.K. consistently generated far less energy than wind proponents claim is typical. The intermittent nature of wind also gives rise to low wind coinciding with high energy demand. Sadly, wind power is not what it's cracked up to be and cannot contribute greatly to energy security in the UK.

California's regulatory climate hinders the construction of any facility including power plants and transmission lines.  Environmental groups have fought solar plants and transmission lines using regulations that largely favor those opposed to projects.  If renewable energy projects are blocked, then supply will be reduced and rates will go up.

The intermittent nature of renewable energy, especially wind, means that large amounts of spinning reserve (power plants online and ready to ramp up at short notice) will be needed to make up for shortfalls if the wind suddenly dies down for example.  To help cut the amount of high cost of spinning reserve, government bureaucrats propose to require (voluntarily or otherwise) electricity users to install devices which shut down equipment (such as air conditioners or industrial equipment) on short notice.  The signals could be transmitted over a smart grid directly to the equipment to reduce demand.  This program, called "demand response," would impose additional difficulties for businesses if they suddenly had to shut down due to the vagaries of the weather.  Residents would also object to the government telling them when to operate their appliances.

As mentioned above, the State Water Resources Control Board is on a parallel path to retire coastal power plants that use ocean water for cooling.  The Board would prevent any future construction of coastal plants and phase out operation of those currently online.  California's nuclear power plants appear to be in the cross hairs of the Board as well.  Nuclear power provides about 11% of California's generation and if shut down, the power generated would likely be replaced by the latest combined cycle natural gas fired plants.  Nuclear power plants do not count towards reducing GHGs, but if shut down, there will be a net increase in GHG emissions due to increased carbon emissions by the replacement power.

Renewable energy has become less attractive economically since the price of natural gas has fallen dramatically which makes natural gas fired plants very competitive.  California could have chosen this option yet its program is driven by an allegiance to its powerful green lobby, not to economic reality.

The green lobby has some interesting bedfellows.  Besides the usual environmental groups and unions, some wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalists have lobbied for green energy.  These venture capitalists have invested in renewable energy projects which are lucrative since they have generous government subsidies and the new 33% renewable standard means that they will have a guaranteed market.  This raises the question of whether the term "capitalist" is still appropriate since they are now feeding at the public trough.

The California economy lags the rest of the country in recovering from the recession yet its political class continues to erect roadblocks to recovery.  Without increased economic activity, the state will continue to struggle with its deficit which is currently about $25 Billion.

A perfect storm is brewing since the higher electric rates will kick in sometime over the next five years which is about the time when California will have to begin paying off its huge unfunded government pension liabilities.  California businesses and residents will ultimately have to pay for both.

As Texas Governor Rick Perry enjoys his state's new economic advantage over California, perhaps he could at least celebrate with a bottle of California champagne.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: broke; california; carbon; climatechange; co2; emissions; energy; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; gorebullwarming; green; greenenergy; jerrybrown; kalifornia; moonbeam; renewable; screwed

1 posted on 04/12/2011 8:54:08 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Californians are brain dead.


2 posted on 04/12/2011 8:55:18 AM PDT by mort56
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To: mort56

They’re # 1 !

http://www.api.org/statistics/fueltaxes/upload/Gasoline_Diesel_Summary.pdf


3 posted on 04/12/2011 8:58:01 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why not? The voters in CA selected him and his ideology.

This all to speed up the “Too Big To Fail”, so the rest of the country can ‘save’ them.


4 posted on 04/12/2011 8:58:24 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Perry can’t be grinning to wide, that a-hole signed a bill for Texas requiring 10% “renewable” energy.


5 posted on 04/12/2011 8:58:29 AM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: RightOnTheBorder

RINOS UNITE!

“Pawlenty signs bill increasing ethanol content in gasoline”

http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/10_ap_ethanol/


6 posted on 04/12/2011 9:02:12 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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Bfl


7 posted on 04/12/2011 9:06:00 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Conservative States of America has a nice ring to it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That giant sucking sound are more businesses deciding to leave the state.


8 posted on 04/12/2011 9:10:14 AM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: SeekAndFind
This is the "'Thelma & Lousie Ending'" comeback strategy for California: make it even MORE prohibitively expensive to do business in California.


9 posted on 04/12/2011 9:26:18 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: SeekAndFind
"California businesses and residents will ultimately have to pay for both."

For those that remain behind. People and businesses are fleeing the state and the trend will accelerate. The wealth producers who leave are replaced by wealth consumers, generally uneducated and unskilled third-world migrants.

When California defaults on their bonds and are effectively cut-off from credit markets, I see them seizing assets on the flimsiest of pretexts.
10 posted on 04/12/2011 9:28:31 AM PDT by KamperKen
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To: Godzilla

Don’t worry. Wesley Mouche will simply pass some directives preventing California businesses from leaving California.


11 posted on 04/12/2011 9:31:48 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: SeekAndFind; NormsRevenge; steelyourfaith; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; tubebender; Carry_Okie; ...

Unreal!....


12 posted on 04/12/2011 9:33:42 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: SeekAndFind

Going green off the cliff...


13 posted on 04/12/2011 9:40:01 AM PDT by Snardius
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To: WOBBLY BOB

T-Paw also signed a bill just like the california one only it was 25%


14 posted on 04/12/2011 9:43:25 AM PDT by Brimack34 (Sarah please save our country)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks for the ping!


15 posted on 04/12/2011 9:47:52 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: SeekAndFind
Rarely does a sinking ship need additional ballast.
16 posted on 04/12/2011 9:51:49 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Brown started the California decline, and is back to finish us off.

Thanks for the ping EatB.


17 posted on 04/12/2011 10:05:30 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Brimack34; Fred Nerks; Marine_Uncle; All; steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; SunkenCiv; ...

It’s a conspiracy among the wannabee ruling class....yowl...


18 posted on 04/12/2011 10:10:28 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: rockinqsranch

RE: Brown started the California decline, and is back to finish us off.

How’s about a recall movement similar to the one you did on Grey Davis?


19 posted on 04/12/2011 10:22:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

costly renewable energy for electric generation in the Golden State to 33%

Thereby assuring generations of rolling blackouts and power outages. California: welcome to America’s 3rd world.


20 posted on 04/12/2011 10:38:36 AM PDT by Adder (Part 1 Accomplished)
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To: SeekAndFind

HA! LOL YEAH, look how great that turned out. They voted for that damned movie actor from Austria instead of the guy that could have turned it around. This is California. Movies trump commonsense me thinks.

Something trumps commonsense here.

Tom McClintock would have been the better choice, but that isn’t something the majority of Californian’s do apparently.

The costs of a recall today on top of the deficits here I think make a recall out of the question. Jerry Brown isn’t Gray Davis either.

The precedent for this renewable energy garbage was set by Ahnold the alleged “R”. Credibility would be a major problem therefore as well.

Too many reasons not to have a recall actually. The main thing will be to get the legislature out of the hands of the Leftist pirates that have absconded with the Ship of State.


21 posted on 04/12/2011 10:42:46 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; Normandy; FreedomPoster; Para-Ord.45; Entrepreneur; ...
Thanx for the ping Ernest_at_the_Beach !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

22 posted on 04/12/2011 10:57:10 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder
Renewable standards in Texas are not set using percentage numbers. The use an a specific amount of megawatts.

The first Texas renewable standard was in 1999 and required 2000 MW by 2009. This was updated in 2005 to 5880 MW by 2015 and a target of 10,000 MW by 2025.

23 posted on 04/12/2011 11:33:21 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: SeekAndFind
And we have this:

Jerry Brown says first 100 days went 'remarkably well'

24 posted on 04/12/2011 11:57:11 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: rockinqsranch

See #24.


25 posted on 04/12/2011 11:58:54 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks. I saw that one earlier.

Typical Jerry Brown isn’t it. Claim credit for something that isn’t. No budget deal, and the halfway claim is smoke and mirrors. All BS.

The guy is extraordinary. He knows most people don’t follow any of the detail, so he walks around waving his arms and thumping his chest which is their source of information, and they believe him. Ted Kennedy did the same thing.


26 posted on 04/12/2011 12:18:51 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"nuclear...the power generated would likely be replaced by the latest combined cycle natural gas fired plants."
Then the next stage will be for them to hike the costs of natural gas to some extreme so that they shut down the state once and for all. Madolf(sp?) is like a saint compared to these scam artists.
27 posted on 04/12/2011 1:35:38 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: SeekAndFind
2020, nine years away

shoot... they'll never make the 20%

might as well say 100% and be done with it

28 posted on 04/12/2011 3:27:28 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Ernest.


29 posted on 04/12/2011 4:22:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv

Let’s call the recall campaign “The Brown Out”. That title is so appropriate.


30 posted on 04/12/2011 5:47:03 PM PDT by reg45
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To: mort56

I’m sure Georgia is Utopia. /s


31 posted on 04/12/2011 7:42:40 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama's successor to be sworn in Fri, Jan. 20, 2017.)
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I’m sure Georgia is Utopia. /s

Having lived both in California and Georgia I can say without reservation compared to California, Georgia is Utopia!

32 posted on 04/12/2011 10:00:14 PM PDT by mort56
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33 posted on 04/13/2011 1:47:46 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: SeekAndFind

Never happen. The limousine liberal NIMBYs in CA don’t want wind farms and solar panels where they’d make the most sense (cents).


34 posted on 04/13/2011 1:53:25 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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