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California Schemin'
Green Governance Catastrophe

This is the sort of story we are, by now, accustomed to hearing from California. Regulators have “allowed power companies to go on a building spree,” according to the LA Times, and created a problem out of nothing: too many power plants, being paid for by fleecing consumers. The LA Times reports:

California has a big — and growing — glut of power, an investigation by the Los Angeles Times has found. The state’s power plants are on track to be able to produce at least 21% more electricity than it needs by 2020, based on official estimates. And that doesn’t even count the soaring production of electricity by rooftop solar panels that has added to the surplus.

To cover the expense of new plants whose power isn’t needed…Californians are paying a higher premium to switch on lights or turn on electric stoves. In recent years, the gap between what Californians pay versus the rest of the country has nearly doubled to about 50%.

California boasts that it is leading the world toward smart power; actually, crony capitalists, error prone regulators and bad planning have created a decade long slide into excess capacity (which of course means unneeded CO2 generation) and sky-high prices for consumers. The state’s regulators have created an environment that financially incentivizes the construction of new power plants, rather than prudent siting of facilities following the simple strategy of matching supply with demand.

As a result, the Golden state is now living with high prices that hurt consumers and business (50% higher than in the rest of the country) while also accelerating global warming—the worst of all possible worlds.

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  • Wayne Lusvardi

    The LA Times article about overbuilding of power plants in California is bogus (fake) news meant to target the closing of more conventional gas powered electricity plants so that they can be replaced with more solar power. The power plants mentioned in the LAT article are those coastal plants ordered to shift from ocean water cooling of their steam boilers to very expensive air cooling systems (like changing the radiator in your car from water/fluid cooling to air cooling). The purpose of this shift to air cooling systems is purportedly to save fish eggs that are sucked into the cooling ducts. Meanwhile, millions of birds are being fried by solar plants or chopped up in the propellers of wind machines. California’s policy is to put nuclear and conventional natural gas power plants out of business with draconian environmental regulation while allowing so called clean power to massacre wildlife. Not mentioned in the article is that if California proceeds to reach its goal of 50% clean power by 2020, a triple redundancy of power plants will be needed which will vastly raise electricity rates. The LA Times is controlled by unions. I wouldn’t give too much credence on their so called investigative journalism.

  • Andrew Allison

    Everything is 50% higher in the Peoples Republic of California. Highest taxes, highest utility (all of them, thanks to a completely captured PUC) rates, highest gas prices, highest percentage of illegal immigration and welfare recipients, highest you-name-it. I’d just like to know where I can find some of what the State legislature is high on.

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