The high cost of a zero-emission California
By Dan Walters | Sept. 24, 2018 |
It’s time again, boys and girls, for more fun with numbers – this edition being about electrical power generation and consumption in California.
For simplicity’s sake, we’ll use round numbers reflecting official state and federal data.
Electrical power is measured and priced to consumers by the kilowatt-hour, which is 1,000 watts of energy, about what a coffee maker uses, flowing for one hour. But in larger scale, officials use terawatts, each a billion kilowatts.
Californians burn 300 terawatt-hours of juice each year, 70 percent of which is generated in-state and more than 40 percent of which comes from natural gas- or nuclear-powered plants here or elsewhere.