[Watchdogs] Note the "Cost Factor": "Local solar farm gets powered up" [S...
Williams, Mark (San Antonio)
Mark.Williams at valero.com
Thu Nov 11 13:41:57 CST 2010
Not all fossil fuel plant are designed to spin up with a sudden drop from solar or loss of wind.
From: watchdogs-bounces at pec4u.org [mailto:watchdogs-bounces at pec4u.org] On Behalf Of Bill Christensen
Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2010 12:12 PM
To: watchdogs at pec4u.org
Subject: Re: [Watchdogs] Note the "Cost Factor": "Local solar farm gets powered up" [S...
I believe there are already PLENTY of fossil fuel plants available
for use as backup in the event of cloudy/windless days.
At 7:49 AM -0600 11/11/10, Williams, Mark (San Antonio) wrote:
>For full disclosure, I am the one preaching about generational theft.
>Talking about hidden costs, wind power and solar need fossil fuel to
>back them up with the wind stops blowing and the sun is blocked by
>clouds. So you cannot look at just the cost for building a wind or
>solar farm. You need to include the backup power source.
>It does not matter if it is a cloudy or windless day, fossil fuel
>can produce the lowest full cost electricity.
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