DOE Grid Study: Green energy industries DO pose a significant threat to the U.S. electrical grid

"Solar and wind power, alongside natural gas, have made the grid much more complex and less resilient.........The agency’s findings run contrary to a report from unnamed sources earlier this month that suggested green energy industries do not pose a significant threat to the U.S. electrical grid.......The DOE’s study comes after Perry said in early April that he and international counterparts discussed the need for a diverse supply of electricity during a G-7 Energy Ministerial meeting in Rome. He implied at the time that the U.S. needed a comprehensive grid study to prevent the kind of energy disruptions happening in Europe.

.........Germany’s subsidies for green energy, for instance, have sharply increased power prices in the country, with the average German paying 39 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity. The average U.S. citizen, meanwhile, spends 10.4 cents per kilowatt-hour by comparison..........Wind and solar power plants in the European country under-performed in January because of cloudy weather with little or no wind, which nearly collapsed the country’s entire grid. Germany’s power grid was strained to the limit and could have gone offline entirely..........The problems in Australia have been especially acute. The country’s energy providers failed to adequately fill a vacuum left by retired coal plants, which has made it difficult for them to provide enough energy for the Australians during the hot summer months."


JUST RELEASED: DOE Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability

Now that this long awaited report has been released (8/23/17), in the coming days and weeks it will surely be analyzed for what it says and what it doesn't say. Expect the rent-seeking wind and grid industrial complex spin machine to be working overtime.

From Department of Energy Secretary Perry's Grid Study Cover Letter

It is apparent that in today’s competitive markets certain regulations and subsidies are having a large impact on the functioning of markets, and thereby challenging our power generation mix. It is important for policy makers to consider their intended and unintended effects. Federal and State policy makers must continue to work together in close consultation to address these important issues that have a deep impact on grid reliability and resilience.

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Comment by Eskutassis on August 24, 2017 at 10:40am

Incredibly intensive report. After reading, it is pretty obvious that LNG is the way to go. Pipelines and operating plants are cheaper to build, can be put close to population centers where they are most needed, don't need expensive transmission upgrades, are far less damaging to the environment, can be located on FAR smaller footprints, have longer usable lifetimes, provide BASELINE POWER, don't need storage, can be ramped up quickly when needed, and there is a very good long term supply.  

On page 86 is a chart, Fig 4.13, that clearly shows where wind stands on the priority chart. 

Comment by Long Islander on August 24, 2017 at 9:31am

Page 115 - In addition to the PTC, VRE (WIND) may also be incentivized to submit negative bids into markets by demand for RECs (to satisfy state environmental mandates and/or corporate sustainability goals).


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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