You'd think that with all the engineers who hang around denier blogs there'd be one or two who knew something about designing a power grid sourced from renewable energy. Not so. They are hopeless. There's an article at WUWT today where some chap has had a shot (archived here). He's made a real mess of it. No planning. No decent distribution system. Not even a national grid let alone a smart grid. He started with just wind and natural gas and only added PV some time later as an afterthought. Given the low cost of wind (and solar), he went way over budget. Probably gave the contracts to shonky mates. It was a woeful design and his planning was next to useless. It wasn't long before patched his flawed design by resurrecting an outdated filthy coal plant.
That's what can happen when you hand the reins to incompetents.
Thank goodness we're not relying on WUWT's engineers is all I can say. You can read his dismal attempt here if you want to.
From the WUWT comments
kamikazedave puts no faith in people's ability to design energy systems that are fit for purpose. He does put his faith in conspiracy nuttery, and he's an alarmist of the denier kind:
August 9, 2015 at 10:19 am
Problem #12: The country declares bankruptcy, thereby ending all subsidies to renewable energy sources. Since reliable forms of energy were phased out long ago and no money is available to bring them back to life, civilization reverts back to the Stone Age. Millions (billions?) of people die from starvation or exposure to the elements. Al Gore, James Hansen, Gavin Schmidt as well as the rest of the indulgent bums declare “Mission accomplished.”
I have to agree with Ted G when he says the WUWT article is a must read. But only if you are thinking of getting a WUWT engineer to design an electricity supply and distribution system. Get some properly qualified people on the job, not a bunch of incompetents.
August 9, 2015 at 10:55 am
This is a must read for any level of government, bureaucrat, green energy dreamers and most important for the citizens who have to pay the bills through higher taxes, higher energy bills Etc..
One thing to note this is actually happening in Canada’s largest province Ontario. The amount of government bullying , pressure and rule changes that restrict any kind of local descent against green policies, green at any cost is not the answer and in the end cost twice as much, it also epitomises a top down government approach – Our way or the highway!
This is how 3rd world government act – only this is in North America . Im sure there are similar examples all over the USA and the world?