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2023: Renewables? Yes. A Return to Reality? Yes, Please.
- Feb 6, 2023 11:23 pm GMT
This item is part of the 2023 Predictions and Anticipated Trends for the Power Industry - January/February, click here for more
2022 has been a year of reflection and, quite possibly, a shift in the movement towards renewable energy. The energy transition is very real and ultimately very necessary. The energy transition, however, is a classic case of “the devil is in the details.” Let me explain a few examples.
First is electric vehicles (EVs). As a resident of California, I am well aware of our governor’s mandate to end the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035. As someone who has been around electric utilities for over three decades (no, I am not an engineer), I also know that the explosion of EVs that this mandate will bring will also create actual, real explosions on the grid. The infrastructure to handle the additional load of millions of EVs simply does not exist, and getting the necessary infrastructure is a multi-billion dollar, multi-year proposition. There are no real answers as to how this infrastructure piece of the all-EVs-in-2035 will happen, and I haven’t even mentioned the challenges associated with the full carbon footprint of producing and driving an EV for the expected life of a vehicle.
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