All this sounds very good, but a reasonable person has to ask, if it is such a good idea why aren't power producers unvesting large amounts in the production of solar power inn desert regions?
You tell me? Why aren't they?
Why aren't homeowners installing solar panels and wind turbines on the roofs of their houses? Why aren't the owners of large commercial buildings doing the same? Even with large subsidies (cost transferred to other consumers) the response has been tepid at best. Wind turbines on rooftops would generally require significant structural strengthening of roofs as well.
Significant structural strengthening?! what about when you dont have an ozone over your head then, huh, what then Einstein? Solar panels are piss easy to install and who mentioned turbines on a roof, duh anyone can see that aint going to work unless you live in a windmill, not thought about turbines powering house another way then? say like big ones on the ground, not seen them then? hmmm? And why do you pick at ideas and not actually back it up with any substance?
Why do environmental activists "put pressure on local governments and utilities to supply money for these causes?
The answers involve several factors, the most limiting of which is the far greater cost of solar and wind power, even in the most favorable locations, compared to coal gas or nuclear power. Here I include both capital cost and operating cost. Protagonists are given to cite data for the comparative capital cost of coal or nuclear power per KW capacity to wind and solar and note that though wind & solar are still more expensive, the difference is only 20% - 40%. however when one considers the power actually produced over time, the fact that the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine all the time must be included. The capacity factor (% of theoretical capacity actually generated over a several month period) is at best only 30% for the most modern large wind turbines and not more than 40% even in the Mohave desert. (For the past 10 years our nuclear plants have averaged a capacity factor of about 90% even including periodic shutdowns for refuelling.) THus the capital and operating costs of wind and solar power per KW-Hr of energy actually generated is more than double that of conventional sources, and that isn't going to change anytime soon.
Well aren't you the informative one, it doesn't cost shed loads to install solar, nuclear and wind power, for fucks sake we spend more on arms. You failed to see the advantage of these powers and that is they are GREENER FOR THB ENVIRONMENT, incase you hadn't noticed that is what this debate is. My point is cost shouldn't come before death, you chose costs rather then save the planet, that has got to be the most stupidist, selfish ignorant reason, duh do you not want to save the planet then? Screw the costs stupid you wont have a life, duh and double duh.
Moreover because of the daily variability in power produced, wind and soalr don't eliminate the requirement for reserve coal and nuclear powerplants operating in standby.
Oh shut up, greener fuels can power us and incase you didn't know we are running out of options or don't you like to live huh? dufus
The net effect would be an enormous increase in the cost of energy - one large enough to wreck our economy.
So you're a ******* economist now how smart. Give me a break, wreck our economy you have no idea that it'll create jobs, no Mr george the only economy it'll wreck is the big fat cats sitting on the top who don't give a **** about wrecking our environment coz they naively think it wont happen in their life so **** em, that is exactly what is going on, wreck the environment not the nice tidy fat profits made out of oil and coal.
Another ironic factor is that zealous environmenatlists have stoutly opposed the required expansion of our electrical grid and even the construction of wind farms and solar power stations because of their effect on habitat and the environment.
Oh the irony is just so ironic, do YOU have a better idea then? And calling me an opinionated snit shows that you cannot control your emotions, like your arguments totally unstable.