CHARBONNEAU – One big grid is the solution to secure electricity
Posted on March 13, 2021 in Charbonneau, Local Voices, Page One // 1 Comment
PROFESSOR MICHAEL D. MEHTA of Thompson Rivers University makes a number of good points in his recent article regarding a secure electrical system.
However, he’s thinking in the wrong direction when he suggests that the solution is microgrids.
The recent electrical blackouts in Texas have focused the problem of electricity security. In a state that prides itself on independence and abundance of energy, it was the height of irony that they should suffer from an electricity shortage that left people freezing in the dark.
Texas’ problem was that its electrical grid was too small. In an attempt to avoid federal regulation, Texas constructed a grid that is a virtual island. So when the cold snap hit, when wind turbines froze and natural gas generators quit, they had only themselves to rely on.
David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.
Thanks for the informative column. Storage of energy is truly the key problem to solve. They have achieved enormous success with cars which makes one wonder if the same could be done for homes. Is it conceivable that solar/wind energy on sunny/windy days could be stored in batteries of some sort over a long duration?