Skip to comments.PUC adopts CleanPowerSF program of all-green power
Posted on 12/14/2011 8:36:48 AM PST by SmithL
San Francisco residents may soon have a chance to power their homes and businesses with "100 percent" certified green energy.
But it won't come cheap.
Under the CleanPowerSF program adopted Tuesday by the city's Public Utilities Commission on a 4-0 vote, San Francisco's 330,000 utility customers would be able to get all their power from wind, solar and other renewable sources, starting as early as July 1.
On the downside, typical residential customers would also see their bills rise - at least in the short run - by anywhere from $7 to $54.50 a month, depending on their usage.
That's because, under the plan, the city would be buying the green power on the open market. And prices are booming, as big utilities like Pacific Gas and Electric Co. are scooping up as much green power as possible to meet California's renewable-energy mandates.
City customers who want to stay with PG&E would have four months - two before the program's launch and two after - to opt out.
After that, they would face a possible exit fee, though the penalty hasn't been determined.
The bottom line, says Commissioner Art Torres: "If someone wants to pay to be green, they can do it - or if they want out, they can get out."
The issue now goes to the Board of Supervisors, where the debate is expected to be heated.
More than a dozen labor, environmental and social justice groups have warned that unless the city also develops its own renewable energy as part of the package, the CleanPowerSF plan will be "economically unsound."
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So they get to pay thru the nose as much as they want on green power and the rest of us have no say?
What a country.
Spare The Air today.. 5th in 9 days.. some cold temps around.. go figure.
Liberals are maggots and our society is the corpse
It would be interesting to have a pool to guess the first day they will have to purchase non-green generated electricity to prevent blackouts.
Oh, that can't work. It has to be compulsory, or nobody will do it. You know how Marxists think.
I love the left -
“Wind, solar, or OTHER RENEWABLE SOURCES” -
Then they count hydropower as “renewable” - generating probably 90% of the “renewable” in the equation.\
THEN - they only increase energy costs to customers by some marginal % - appears to be about 10-20% from the article - making renewables “like Wind and Solar” - seem more economical.
It is a freaking scam/PR ploy.
The second part - if tey can get 10% of the shmucks to pay for for renewable - they don’t have to raise everyone elses rates. So the cost increase is only seen by the do gooders/coolaide drinkers.
Total win win - for the eco freaks.
Each day of the week you drive that car to work. Out of the five days in the week you do this, your brand new car will only achieve the task once. The other four days you have to rely on alternative transport. So! Do you think you would be happy about that? I dont think so.Renewable power, be it wind power or the two versions of solar power have this same reliability: 20%. Twenty Percent !
Dont believe me, Believe the same Government who wants to sink hundreds of billions of your dollars into this highly unreliable form of generating electrical power. That same Government releases highly detailed statistics every month detailing exactly how much electrical power is generated from every source.
The U.S. has recently taken over from Germany as the largest producer of electrical power from this source. This is a link to the Wikipedia site, which in actual fact is quite up to date with the total Nameplate Capacity power produced from this source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_power Scroll half way down the page to where the chart table is. It shows the installed Nameplate Capacity of Wind Power in the U.S. as 35,159 MegaWatts. (MW) This is around the equivalent of 17 large coal fired or nuclear power plants, which can produce 2000MW of Nameplate Capacity power. So it actually seems to be quite a lot of power really.
However, thats not how the power is consumed. It is consumed in KiloWattHours (KWH), and Ill refer to it in that manner because thats how you will all see it on your electrical utilities bill. To work out how much usable power is made available to consumers is an easy calculation, although it looks complex. The formula is NP X 24 X 365.25 X 1000. NP is Nameplate Capacity. 24 for the hours in a day. 365.25 for the days in a year, leap year included, and then multiply by 1000 to convert from MegaWatts to KiloWattHours.
So for all the wind power in the U.S. the formula comes out like this- 35,159 X 24 X 365.25 X 1000 which comes to 308 Billion KWH, if those wind turbines were to run at their maximum all the time. Now, we all know that they dont so just how much power do they produce.
This link shows that exactly, and these figures are as of January 15th from the Governments own website for electrical power, The Energy Information Administration: http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/table1_1_a.html Scroll to the bottom left there. That figure is expressed in Thousand MegaWattHours, which is the same as Million KWH, so the figure is 64.144 Billion KWH
So, if the feasible maximum total power is 308 Billion KWH, and the actual power delivered is 64 Billion KWH, then the overall efficiency rate of delivery of actual power amounts to 20.7%. What that effectively means is that it is delivering power for just on five hours a day, or the same as for the car analogy I used above, one day in five. So tell me. Are you happy with that? To put it in further perspective, see the Nameplate Capacity is the same as for 17 large coal or nuclear plants. The actual power delivered is around the same power produced by three and a half of those 18 plants. Are you happy with that? You may think Im being selective, so lets then look at Nuclear Power. It delivers its power at the efficiency rate of 93%. Even coal fired power delivers its power at close to 88% when referenced to Nameplate Capacity and using the same formula. That delivered power of 64 Billion KWH amounts to only 1.6% of the total power consumed in the U.S. There is positively and absolutely no way, ever, that total will even closely approach the hoped for 20%, and you could try until 2050. It will never reach 20%.
Look at Solar Power : http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/table1_1_a.html Even with all the advances made in Solar Power in the last few years consumption of power from Solar generated sources actually fell, but then, who would really notice. This total amount of power produced from both solar sources amounts to 733 Million KWH, or 0.02% of the total power consumed in the U.S. To put that into some context, this is the same amount of power produced from ONE coal or nuclear plant every FIFTEEN DAYS. That is for every solar power plant in the Country. Solar power is currently delivering its power at the efficiency rate of around 12 to 15% at the absolute best, or around 3 hours a day. Try as you might its no point filling up the Deserts in the South West and in Texas with solar panels or mirrors, because there is no way you can then transmit that power the vast distances to where it is needed the most, in the North East. How much power would have been produced over the last few months of snow and blizzards in that North East? Zero. In fact, building them in the North East will never happen because of that. Are you happy with those figures from Solar power?
Add the solar to the wind, and the total still only comes to 1.62%. Almost nothing. This is not some imaginary political point Im trying to make. This is just a bald statement of the facts.
These renewable plants are in the vicinity of five to seven times more expensive to get to the power delivery stage than for any other plant. They are more maintenance intensive and they only last for a third to half the time as for a large coal or nuclear plant.
All that aside, that power delivery rate of only 20% at the absolute best should be enough to convince you that these things are next to useless. The only way they can even get off the ground is with the injection of huge amounts of money in the form of Government subsidies. The only thing that they can absolutely ensure is that the cost of electricity to the end consumer will be much more expensive. The analogy about the car at the top of the post is a relevant thing to allude to. Would you as a consumer but a car that you KNOW absolutely is only going to work one time in five? Why should the same thing not apply here with renewable power. This is one great big turkey that is never going to fly, no matter how much money you throw at it.
Taking into account that 20% power delivery rate, that means you will just have to rely on getting the required power for the remainder of the time from those other sources, so in all reality, the construction of these wind plants and solar plants at an alarmingly ever increasing rate will not really result in the saving of all that much in the way of Carbon Dioxide emissions anyway, as those coal fired plants will have to stay running to provide power for the bulk of the time these so called renewable plants are just not even working at all. You can construct another million of them, and that percentage will not change.
forgot to source:
Renewable power, be it wind power or the two versions of solar power have this same reliability: 20%. (AT BEST)
Solar PV has WAY higher reliability than 20%.
ROI is bad - but reliability is high. No moving parts. Anyone saying oterwise must be mixing data. It is bone dumb easy.
It really isn’t a terrible idea - just not good economics in the modern world.