California wants to get a third of its electricity from solar energy, solar, geothermal and other renewable energies, but the governor Jerry Brown wants more. This determined man of 73 years believes that the jobs will infuse new vigor into the economy and refunded the position of California as a world leader in renewable energy.
No matter what the budget gaps, technology and policy that will arise when a promoter of renewable energy leaves office in the state legislature. ‘I was named Governor Moonbeam for nothing! I earned defending ideas that were not popular, “said Brown, who earned the nickname three decades ago when California wanted to buy a satellite.
After returning to the state’s top job this year, Brown signed a bill that requires California to obtain one third of its electricity from solar energy, wind power plants and the like 2020. He said it was only the beginning. That is the ultimate goal in the U.S. in terms of total energy production, while in 2030 the small state of Hawaii points to reach 40 percent, a number that is in tune with what Brown wants.
“I think 40 percent, at a reasonable cost is well within our reach in the near future,” Brown said in a statement about the goal of 33 percent, called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Its administration considers how realistic would be the top goal, as well as a parallel plan to cover the state with small groups of solar panels that could be located anywhere, from the grounds of a prison on the sides of the California Aqueduct.
Taken together, these small batteries could represent almost 20 percent of electricity, if they meet the goals of Brown. In comparison, the U.S. Congress has not yet considered a national standard of clean energy led by President Barack Obama.
The House of Representatives, Republican majority, has opposed much of Obama’s environmental initiatives by eliminating jobs, leaving California, the eighth largest economy in the world at the forefront in the United States.
Jobs are an important part of the initiative in a state seeking the next great economic promise, such as microchips or airspace they were in the past. Brown believes that California could create half a million jobs with an aggressive promotion of renewable energy, energy storage and energy efficiency.
Tom Werner, chief executive of solar panel maker SunPower Corp., has met with Brown more than once this year and says that solar energy dominates meetings with the governor, even when it is assumed that this is the issue. ‘He reminded me that he was a developer of solar energy in the 70’s, which was the original promoter, “he said.
Reach 40 percent renewable energy sources would strain the electricity grid in California, would force his ability to settle quickly into operation the new generation and exacerbate the problem of intermittent sources. It is planning and constructing new power lines and wind farms. It also has deserts, mountain passes, and geothermal fields that are right for renewable energy sources.
The operator of the state power grid has a new command center built with a 33 percent renewable sources in mind. Monitors clouds that go to the Mojave Desert, for example. ‘That is, to be visually one step ahead of nature, “said Stephanie McCorkle, spokeswoman for the California Independent System Operator.
Solving a problem in advance, however, is only half the solution. The state still need energy to fill gaps that arise. Battery technology is improving to the point that energy storage could provide a few seconds, minutes, and potentially a few hours of electricity prices are equally competitive with new natural gas plant, said John Zahurancik, vice president of Energy Storage Group AES Corp.
Your power company is participating in a tender for a contract in New York to provide a battery system that would provide as much energy as a traditional middle power plant for several hours. Much of the answer might be to use less electricity, the mantra of Brown when he was governor from 1975 to 1983.
Insulate homes, improve lighting and appliances are the kind of solutions that could create jobs, reduce pressure on the grid and save consumers money. If prices of energy, use less electricity could keep the accounts within a manageable range.
“I think the state could reach 40 percent renewables by 2020 because it is a function of demand reduction through energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy supply. But we must be aware of the price, “said Michael Peevey, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of California.
In a paper on budget, the commission requested that staff explore the new target of 40 percent that would make renewable energy is the main energy source in California. 40 percent would be about on par with electricity generated by natural gas.
The savings could mean a change in energy use, like buying a more efficient dishwasher or use a system to turn off the refrigerator for a few minutes when shooting in demand or in the middle of the night. But much time for that to have an impact on the network.
The industry is cautious. Although prices are decreasing solar batteries, the reliability of new technologies is still uncertain, at least in regard to converting the primary energy source. The industry is now focused on reaching 33 percent.
‘We are taking a great portfolio and we will double in a very short time, “said Mike Marelli, director of group contracts and Alternative Renewable Energy Southern California Edison. 18 percent of the electricity supplied jointly by independent operators in California last year came from renewable sources, and thus did not reach the previous state goal of 20 percent by 2010.