Let's Discuss Smart Choices for State's Considering Solar Green Energy Laws
- Apr 12, 2021 4:50 pm GMT
Many States have passed and while others are considering new green energy mandates. While many of these new green energy laws have been created for most of the more progressive states, unintended consequences have developed because the full equation of green energy was not considered by lawmakers. The full equation for green energy is energy storage, (where and how to store excess green energy being produced while the sun is shining or the wind is blowing). Without energy storage, the excess energy needs to go somewhere of which it gets dumped on the transmission grid causing issues for this aged system. Right now, Arizona gets to reap these benefits and during certain times gets paid by California to take its excess green energy. However, Arizona power customers doe not see any benefit from this as the power industry in Arizona gets their annual rate increases. Therefore the power utility in Arizona is only beneficiary. The big loser in this equation is our aged transmission infrastructure and states not able to store excess energy when it is being produced.
I was part of a proposed project in Arizona that was proposing to construct a $5.5 Billion 2,000 MW energy storage facility near Seligman Arizona at Picacho Butte. This was a traditional energy storage facility using an upper and lower reservoir to store energy in water in the upper which would turn on at night for 10 hours and pump water up to the upper reservoir all day when there was excess peak energy. See video from ITC proposed project.
There needs to be a better discussion between energy generators (especially green energy), transmission companies (our Grid), and state lawmakers to address this issue and ensure there is a safe, environmentally friendly, energy storage systems on the grid that can better manage this paradigm shift to green energy laws and projects. This will have significant importance with President Biden's Infrastructure Bill is passed.
Let's start this conversation with our state lawmakers and power companies.
I look forward to hearing your feedback.