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Tripp — 28 posts
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There are many viable measures to make the electricity service more reliable - some target the generation side, while others target the consumption side. This is a great perspective-- more renewable energy generation is coming online in droves, but we can't ignore the EE or DR possibilities on the customer side either
"Coal and nuclear power are normally used as baseload power plants, since they have a constant but inflexible electricity output...they are also unreliable for meeting peaks in demand." Mary, the best of both worlds can be realized by running nuclear plants to meet maximum demand at all times, and redirecting overgeneration as necessary to make hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles:
Now, ERCOT and the Texas grid system may be out of the woods. The hottest months are behind us, and by the time the roll around again, we’ll be prepared. That’s right, ERCOT will add at 4,000 megawatts of solar capacity by next summer, which are almost to be most effective on scorching days when the sun is out. What’s more, private utilities in Texas have proposed another 3,000 megawatts...
Bob, you lost me altogether. We do not have storage batteries, if we had them the service life would be very short, at best 1/10 of "hundred" years. Batteries are expensive and required huge storage space. Diesel generators generate miniscule amount pollution. Batteries are environmental hazard and require special handling for disposal. There is a lot...
Noam, maybe I wasn't clear: "...the carbon footprint of building our batteries, shipping them across the Pacific from China, and building the microgrids will outweigh hundreds of years of blackouts." By "outweigh" I meant "it would be worse than burning diesel fuel, during infrequent blackouts, for hundreds of years."
"Storms would not be an issue (i) if the grids were reliable, (ii) we do not have power storage batteries, (iii) if we had batteries the cost will be prohibitive and (iv) space required is not available." Amen.