Although California is one of the nations leaders in renewable energy, the state is on the verge of a renewable energy crisis
Renewable energy crisis in California?? What?!
California’s 2015 Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) is now 2/3 wind and solar, and about 1/3 biomass geothermal and small hydro. Its green power initiative is stirring up some issues. The biggest issue from renewables is that ” the intermittent energy being returned is of very much lower quality than is needed to operate the electric grid.”
California faces a huge challenge! How will the state manage their electrical grid without cutting into their solar/ wind plans? This measure was unforeseen when leaders around the world demanded countries to switch over to renewable energy. In California, the goal is to reduce emissions by 20% by next year and 40% by 2030 compared to emission levels in 1990. This poses an issue especially during periods of overcast and darkness.
Going solar is still the wave of the future! Nonetheless, Federal and State governments need to reevaluate renewable energy proposals and game plans. Simultaneously building sustainable energy, and finding a way to provide enough support to the electrical grid.
As residential solar installations grow throughout California, homes will become less dependent of the grid. However, the only way to become entirely independent of the grid would be to install a proper solar system with the right capacity and energy storage unit.
If you are a homeowner or business owner considering going solar there are still many benefits solar offers. The possibility of lower monthly electricity costs. Protection against power outages and fossil fuel or nuclear power cost increase. Reduced environmental impact by reducing demand on traditional fossil fuel-powered utility generators. And just as important the possibility of leaving the grid, partially or fully. As financing and government incentive programs continue to support solar, renewable energy is still the way to go.
For the mean time, California will have to find a balance between the surge in renewables and maintaining the stability of the electrical grid to avoid a renewable energy crisis.