Yet Another “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”

Promptly after California issued its electric car mandate, the grid operator is asking people to avoid charging electric vehicles over the coming Labor Day Weekend, in order to avoid blackouts.

“The power grid operator expects to call on Californians for voluntary energy conservation via Flex alerts over the long weekend.

During a Flex Alert, consumers are urged to reduce energy use from 4-9 p.m. when the system is most stressed because demand for electricity remains high and there is less solar energy available. The top three conservation actions are to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights. Lowering electricity use during that time will ease strain on the system, and prevent more drastic measures, including rotating power outages.”

My Volt gets most of its charging at night, when it is not in use. The electricity to charge electric cars has to come from somewhere. Looking at the weight of these vehicles, my guess is that the total energy consumption of these vehicles is higher than the IC vehicles.

If we want to get off fossil fuels, it is necessary to replace them as the base load source. And that means nuclear.

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