Monday, August 26, 2013

California's Smoke Signals

Good Wall Street Journal article on the issues with CA's green initiative.  The premise is that the renewable power facilities are located hundreds of miles from their intended destination.  This makes them prone to failure from earthquakes and raging fires.

Take San Diego Gas & Electric, which last year completed a 120-mile transmission line from Imperial County wind and solar farms at a cost of $1.9 billion. According to a 2008 draft Environmental Impact Report, "there were 33 reported power outages resulting from 16 distinct wildfire or lightning events" between 1986 and 2005 along an existing transmission line running through the valley.

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