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Do more electric cars…. equal more brown outs?

July 23, 2019

….people still haven’t found a good way to deal with the heat instead they just let their air conditioners run full blast 24 hours a day. I am sure we all remember the brown outs that hit California in early 2000 true it was promulgated by some shady dealings by the electric companies themselves but it was exacerbated by the heat wave the fact that they would not build new coal or nuclear power plants and in a lesser instance by the electric cars California was promoting.

Those that were around when we had the blackout of 2003 when 45 million people in eight U.S. States and another 10 million in central Ontario went without power for up to two days would understand what real loss of electricity means! Or how about the Northeast blackout of 1965 where another 30 million people were without power for 13 hours. Either way even in 2003 electric vehicles were only a minuscule draw on the power grid and did not have anything to do with the loss of power, one can only imagine what it will be like when the percentage of electric cars is up at 30%.

Today in 2019 we have states across the nation setting goals of various percentage for electric car usage and some are even looking at restricting the use of anything but vehicles run by electricity. That is just pandering to the ‘green movement’ because whomever is promoting it has no common sense… after all if we have power shortages today when its hot, and more than 750,000 electric vehicles on the road in the US, what do they think will happen when 30% of the vehicles on the road are electric cars?

Those new state mandated electric vehicles
will add an additional strain
on the electric grid
and without any increase in
power production
it is a disaster
waiting to happen.


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2019 1:16 pm

    The Electric car owners I know set their chargers to charge overnight- when many power companies offer “free nights and weekends” (8pm – 6am)

    What it ends up doing is enabling the large power generation facilities (that can’t ramp up and down easily) to level out their production through the night, when demand typically falls to a tiny fraction of the day rate.


  2. July 23, 2019 1:27 pm

    A quick search reveals that Texas alone has closed multiple coal fired plants over the recent years and leads the nation in Wind energy.

    “This year, coal has also continued to slide in Texas, accounting for less than 24 percent of electricity generated. That’s down by nearly 9 percentage points from last year. Luminant, the state’s largest electricity generator, announced late last year its plans to shut down three large coal-fired power plants in 2018 for financial reasons.”

    “The closure of the Oklaunion Power Station is the latest in a string of shuttered coal-fired power plants across the state: Since 2011, at least six have been mothballed, scheduled for retirement or closed altogether, casualties of cheap natural gas and a booming renewables sector.”

    “AWEA officials say Texas is the national wind industry leader, producing nearly a quarter of all U.S. wind energy. That means if Texas were a country, it would rank fifth in the world for wind power capacity with nearly 25,000 megawatts (MW) installed.

    Texas is also number one in wind energy jobs in the country, with more than 25,000 Texans working in the industry. AWEA says wind power is contributing to a boom in American renewable energy jobs. The group highlighted data from the Bureau Labor Statistics, which says wind turbine service technician is the second fastest growing job in the U.S. after solar installer, and the U.S. added 8,500 wind power jobs last year.

    So where do those electric cars get their power?
    More and more, it’s from clean renewable energy or nuclear.

    ““The future of Texas is solar, wind and storage with a tiny bit of gas.” She noted that even without Deely and the other plants, the state power grid hummed along through 2018’s summer, despite seeing record levels of electricity use.”


  3. Jon Rukavina permalink
    July 23, 2019 8:32 pm

    What is the range of these cars these days?
    What happens to these batteries in a major collision?
    Going up to N. Mn. from the Twin Cities is about 220 miles. Probably take me 2 days to get there with a totally electric car, especially in the winter when the charge not only takes longer but doesn’t last as long because of colder weather.
    Takes a fossil fueled plant to build these cars & batteries unless their natural gas powered which according to Pelosi’s brilliance isn’t a fossil fuel. Sheesh!!


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