Shocker! Renewable Energy Costs Too Much In California

I know, you’re shocked

A new report [PDF] from a ratepayers advocacy group found that the price of electricity in 59 percent of renewable energy contracts signed by the state’s three big utilities exceeded the market price referent, or MPR for all you utility junkies. (snip)

According to the report, 77 percent of the contracts signed by Pacific Gas & Electric were above the MPR, as were 41 percent of those inked by Southern California Edison and 47 percent of deals with San Diego Gas & Electric.

Regulators keep the terms of those contracts in a black box, so it’s impossible to know just how much more utilities are paying for renewable energy. Most contracts are for solar power.

California requires that 20% of all energy come from alternative sources (not nuclear, of course), and, it looks like Big Energy has worked with Big California Government to fleece the citizens.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for alternative energy sources, as I have have written time and time again. It’s funny, though, how we have been told time and time again that these “renewable energy sources” will be cheaper and greener, yet, seem to be more expensive.

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7 Responses to “Shocker! Renewable Energy Costs Too Much In California”

  1. Trish says:

    Yawn. We know this, but I guess Californians are too dense to get it!

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  3. david7134 says:

    I don’t think you understand. The plan has not kicked in. You see, the way this works is for us to be taxed to death, destroy our current energy network, ruin American business, eliminate our wealth and basically send us into third world status. Then, because we are not collectively producing as many pollutants, we will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases by about 1%. That is until the next volcano errupts. But imagine how good it will make the liberals feel. Gore, with all his money, will be happy living in a country, other than the US, that has a higher standard of living, but he will know that he stopped our polluting efforts.

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  5. Doomed says:

    Scattered across the west are hundreds of gigantic windmills spinning to the wind and producing electricy.

    All that electricity is then sent back to California.

    Why you ask?

    Well it seems that Californians dont want windmills or solar panels in their states but they dont mind littering the landscapes of Utah, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska with windmill farms for as far as the eyes can see.

    And then losing up to 57 percent of the power generated to line loss as the electricity joins the grid and must be shipped 1500-2200 miles back to California.

    If the farms were built in California at the same prices as they are in Nebraska the state would enjoy cheap power, because the power could enter the grid and travel 100 miles rather then 2200 miles.

    Its one of those head shakers in our business…but oh well PG&E pays well.

  6. I live near Tehachapi. The mountain has I don’t know how many windmill generators. The power goes to the LA Basin, not here. Even Edwards AFB, where I work, has to get electricity from the dams on the Colorado River. I see the power lines, OK?
    The city of Los Angeles has a facility in Mojave. This is in Kern County for crying out loud. The Aqueduct flows by the south side of Palmdale……..going to………….LA. I guess the desert just doesn’t count.

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