President Barack Obama's push for wind and solar energy to wean the U.S. from foreign oil carries a hidden cost: overburdening the nation's electrical grid and increasing the threat of blackouts.Well, duh. You stick a 4 megawatt windmill out at the end of a rural power line rated for maybe half of that, every time a stiff breeze comes up the line is going to melt.
The funding Obama devoted to get high-voltage lines ready for handling the additional load of alternative supplies is less than 5 percent of the $130 billion that power users, producers and the U.S. Energy Department say is needed.
Without more investment, cities can't tap much of the renewable energy from remote areas, said Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He serves as the administration's top official on grid issues and recognizes the dilemma it faces.
"As we add more and more wind power, the grid will get more stressed, and there's going to be a point where the grid can't handle any more," Wellinghoff said at an energy conference in Chicago. "The first thing we need is to build out transmission."
I notice there's a lot of windmills going up. I notice no new power lines. None.
One more thing I notice, the existing grid is so creaky it came down all by itself in 2003 and blacked out the whole north east USA and Canada.
I add those three things together, observe the rhetoric of the DemocRats of the USA and the Liberal/NDPee/Blockhead triumvirate in Canada, and I say Hmmmmmn.
One of two things will happen. Either there will be a bunch of abandoned windmills sitting still with the paint peeling off ten years from now, or we will be seeing a lot of electrical "service interruptions".
Diesel generators, get 'em before the big price hike.