This is something Republicans did – especially one in particular.
Hey can I make that Clear to you all – This is about what a Republican did. But it’s also about a cause that the left is all about.
Georgetown Texas in 2012 decided they would make their electric system 100% renewable energy. Endered into long term contracts for solar and wind energy. Conttracting for more than what the city would need so at times they could sell the excess on the open market and ~gasp~ purchase NON renewable energy from the open market when they fell short.
City leaders had to lock in a large excess of wind and solar power to be able to lend credibility to their 100 percent renewable claim, since wind and solar power can’t be relied on to keep the lights on 24/7/365. And, even with that surplus, there are times when Georgetown draws traditional fossil fuel power from the Texas grid, making the city’s “100 percent renewable” claim nothing more than spurious sloganeering.
But wait, this failed experiment gets even better!
Georgetown’s electric costs were $3.5 million over budget in 2015, ballooning to $6.3 million in 2016, the same year the mayor locked his municipal utility into 20- and 25-year wind and solar energy contracts to make good on his 100 percent renewable pledge.
By 2017, the mayor’s green gamble was undercut by the cheap natural gas prices brought about by the revolution in high-tech fracking. Power that year cost the city’s budget $9.5 million more than expected, rising to $10.5 million last year, according to budget documents reported by The Williamson County Sun.
That results in Citizens of the city paying over 1,000 more for electric than they would if the city had just remained on the Normal system of buying off the open market.
This is why I keep saying over and over and over again, we NEED Natural Gas and Coal fired plants until such time as there is a reliable . . . . again I will stress a reliable 24/7 green alternative.
Just like with Car’s and Trucks. Until there is a RELIABLE alternative to the combustion engine, electric cars are just a pipe dream.
Ah and in case you missed it at the first I’ll say it again. This utter failure was due to some Republicans.