Superhuman Renewables Targets

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! It’s Superman.

New York is not the only climate cuckoo’s nest in the United States. Here are four more states promising efforts to install wind and solar power at rates that would exhaust Superman. EIA reports; Four states updated their renewable portfolio standards in the first half of 2019. Excerpts in italics with my bolds.

As of the end of 2018, 29 states and the District of Columbia had renewable portfolio standards (RPS), or polices that require electricity suppliers to source a certain portion of their electricity from designated renewable resources or eligible technologies. Four states—New Mexico, Washington, Nevada, and Maryland—and the District of Columbia have updated their RPS since the start of 2019.

States with legally binding RPS collectively accounted for 63% of electricity retail sales in the United States in 2018. In addition to the 29 states with binding RPS policies, 8 states have nonbinding renewable portfolio goals.

New Mexico increased its overall RPS target in March 2019 to 100% of electricity sales from carbon-free generation by 2045, up from the previous target of 20% renewable generation by 2020. The new policy only applies to investor-owned utilities; cooperative electric utilities have until 2050 to reach the 100% carbon-free generation goal. The target has intermittent goals of 50% renewable generation by 2030 and 80% renewable generation by 2040.

In April 2019, the Nevada legislature increased its RPS to 50% of sales from renewable generation by 2030, including a goal of 100% of electricity sales from clean energy by 2050. Later that month, Washington increased its RPS target to 100% of sales from carbon-neutral generation by 2045, an increase from the previous target of 15% of sales from renewable generation by 2020. In addition, the policy mandates a phaseout of coal-fired electricity generation in Washington by 2025. Nevada and Washington became the fourth and fifth states, respectively, to pass legislation for 100% clean electricity, following Hawaii, California, and New Mexico.

In May 2019, Maryland increased its overall RPS target to 50% of electricity sales from renewable generation by 2030, replacing the earlier target of 22.5% by 2024. In addition, the legislation mandates further study of the effects and the possibility of Maryland reaching 100% generation from renewables by 2040.

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6 comments

  1. Genghis · June 25

    Ron,
    It has always intrigued me is that `100% renewable’ target is the capacity factor or total output. As an example if a State has 100GW output then 100% of Wind/Solar/Biomass has to be 100GW. However the real output of these renewables is approximately 30% so do they overbuild to 300%? Then the query is no wind at night in a freezing State? Follow ‘Wind Farm Performance’ over the last few days, and the fools want us to build more Wind Farms!

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  2. Ron Clutz · June 25

    Genghis, note that the targets are stated as % of electricity sold, thus power produced and delivered. As Bill Gates said in his rant, these lawyers and accountants have no idea how to engineer these imaginary results.

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  3. Bob Greene · June 25

    You can buy renewable electricity produced anywhere to include in your portfolio. For example, California can buy renewable electricity produced in Virginia as part of their portfolio. It never gets there. Also, as a right-minded citizen you can buy “renewable” electricity for your home. That does not decrease the amount of electricity you use from non-renewable sources, you just pay for some amount of renewable kWh. Nice system if you are a renewable producer.

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    • Ron Clutz · June 25

      Clean Energy = Virtuous Energy.
      Perhaps you saw the Dutch TV program telling how they buy Norwegian renewable energy certificates, while the electicity remains in Norway.
      https://rclutz.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/green-electrical-shocks/

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      • Bob Greene · June 25

        Absolutely hilarious. He must be wrong. I’ve used many of those arguments, but not as well, and told by the experts I just didn’t understand.

        But, if you feel the need for some green energy I can make you a deal on some generated on the del Marva peninsula.

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  4. hunterson7 · June 26

    So the billionaire strategy of buying up bureaucrats and legislators to protect their investments is working.
    If even the US is falling for this bull shit, the dark age is closer than I thought.
    Remember that madness spreads in herds, but regaining sanity is an individual experience.

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