The US currently generates about 5% of its power by clean technology. What happens when our country gets to 70% clean energy? Imagine the year is 2045 and a week-long blizzard across the entire Midwest buries all the PV? Where does the solar power come from? Academics working to get us to 100% clean energy see a need for methods to ‘manage’ the intermittency of renewable energy. Do we need to ‘save’ nuclear power plants? Dave Roberts says we should not worry too much about these questions, but push hard for more renewable energy, right now. Listen in as we discuss this interesting aspect of the necessary and inevitable move to a decarbonized future.
The reading list:
- Roberts on Vox: How will we get to 100% clean energy?
- Electrify Everything!
- The renewable energy intermittency problem
- Negative energy price...whatever that is.
- “Negative prices usually result when generators with high shut-down or restart costs must compete with other generators to avoid operating below equipment minimum ratings or shutting down completely.”
- April 19 on-line webinar on MCAN legislative priorities
- April 22 Science March in Boston
- People's March in Boston
- April 22 Science March
- April 29 march in DC
- Buses to DC for April 29
- HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES
Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.
Thanks for listening.