Thought Jeff at least might be interested…..
I guess I can only respond with bemusement.
And a bit of outrage. We saw last winter in Texas (a state with mild winters, relatively speaking) that power outages are killers. I’ve read estimates of as many as 700 people dying from that.
So, by all means, build your windmills. Build your “grid scale” batteries. But God help you when you hit a patch of disagreeable weather and manage to kill a few thousand people.
The good news is, no matter how much the ideologically captured elites wish it were otherwise, energy is one of those things where the public is on a hair trigger.
Lots of things can quietly slip under the radar, but a sharp increase in energy prices is felt by everyone, and right away.
It’s the kind of stuff that gets pols kicked out of office.
Back in the 80’s during my utility days, there was a newsletter published by a retired engineering professor from (IIRC) Colorado State called “Access to Energy”. His underlying point, which is as true now as it was then, is that the difference between poor countries and rich countries is literally nothing more than access to cheap and abundant energy. That’s it.
If you have cheap and abundant energy, you will be (or quickly become) rich. You can’t help it.
If you don’t have cheap and abundant energy, no matter what you do, you will be poor.