New bill mandating solar energy

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“We need to let the technology drive the innovations in alternative energy and not put mandates out there that may be unachievable.” If it becomes law, the bill would make California the second state after Hawaii to require LSEs to rely on 100% renewables by 2045.Last February, Maryland legislators voted to require that 25 percent of the state’s electricity be generated by so-called “renewable” sources beginning in 2020.But “renewable” also includes energy generated from the burning of plant matter, animal manure, methane and trash — fuels that are neither environmentally clean nor healthful.Some supporters admit that “renewables” aren’t perfect, but they argue the energy sources are better than how electricity is generated now.Scott Dance wrote about a coalition of special interests who want to mandate that half of Maryland’s electricity to come from renewable sources (“New campaign seeks to require half of Maryland energy to come from renewable sources,” Sept. Our goal is dramatically different than the coalition’s...Wind and solar are sporadic sources whose production often declines on especially hot or cold days when electricity demand is high.

But wind and solar hardly ever replace coal plants.Now, they are considering an additional requirement that 50 percent of electricity come from renewables by 2030. Shane Robinson, a Democrat, wants 100 percent renewables by 2050.According to proponents, these mandates will help protect the environment, create “green” jobs and improve human health.“Transitioning to a 100% carbon-free future in an economy the size of California’s requires persistence, commitment and vision,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association.In urging his colleagues to vote against the bill, Republican Sen.

Solar and wind can be used for this “peaking” demand, if they are available on a particular day.

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