- It is simply impossible to provide enough energy storage to make renewables reliable.
...The likely cost would be many times GDP.
Clearly this is economically impossible.
Despite this impossibility, present government policies and utility practices are driving toward massive grid penetration by renewables.
This reckless drive must be properly constrained and managed, in order to protect reliability.
- American grid reliability must be maintained.
- ..our working estimate of the required storage is an amazing 250 million MWh.
- America today has less than 20 thousand MWh of grid scale battery storage, which is next to nothing.
Grid scale batteries today cost around $700,000 a MWh.
For 250 million MWh we get an astronomical total cost of $175 trillion dollars just to replace today’s fossil fuel generated electricity needs with wind and solar...
- None of this impossibility is being considered in today’s reliability assessments.
Not by the States, the utilities, NERC or FERC...
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