ALEC on WIZM Radio: Unreliable Power Sources Put People at Risk
These systems are unreliable and put people at risk.
ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Director Joe Trotter recently joined host Mike Hayes on WIZM radio in La Crosse, WI to talk about the regulations that will keep our high energy prices.
Joe Trotter: One of the biggest issues with these new technologies is ensuring that they are actually connected to the grid in the proper way. One of the things you see, especially in states like Maryland, there’s a ton of solar farms, a fair amount of wind power, but they’re not connected to the grid in a way that they provide the power when it’s necessary. One of the things we’re working on at ALEC is a new model ALEC policy on power generation reliability. He says you need to make sure before taking legacy systems offline that the new systems are up and running and actually able to generate what voters need.
Mike Hayes: The evidence is clear in states like California, for example, that are really pushing the envelope, requiring electric cars to be the only cars on the road by, what, 2035? Then very soon, only electric trucks. And then they already started telling people at home, turn off your air conditioner during peak seasons. Lower it. Do not charge your car at this time or at this time. That doesn’t sound like on-demand power. It sounds like energy when we tell you it’s available.
Joe Trotter: Yes. There is a disconnect between reality and what they would like to be true, especially in California. You can’t have electric vehicles without electricity, and the state is a mess when it comes to electricity. Right now they have to extend the life of their nuclear plant, which is great, as long as it’s safe. They have to bring in generators. Mandated chosen technologies do not work as they should, especially during the hottest and coldest months of the year. People will not be able to charge their car. It puts people at risk. You don’t have refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, people who use well water pumps, things like that, they need electricity. So going to those systems that aren’t as reliable really puts people at risk.
Mike Hayes: Right. Well, so when you have to decide, let’s see, do I charge my car so I can go to work or not charge my car, as the governor suggested, so I can have air conditioning, but I have to choose . I can either plug in my car or plug in my furnace and be warm this winter, one or the other. You know as well as I do that the American people are still far too selfish to say, “I’m not doing this.” I’m American, and I have rights, and you can’t tell me what to do. The situation doesn’t bode well for the future, and that’s what bothers me more than anything.