Page 10: "Some 3,000 MW to 10,000 MW of new construction of gas-fired plants are underway". (Remarks: Their 10.000 wind turbines produce an insignificant amount of electricity - see graph on Page 36 - which led to blackouts, and ultimately to flight of business out of the State).
Page 29: Promote CHP (combined heat & power) at the consumer level,
particularly in the commercial and institutional sectors: Small conventional
generators produce electricity, and the "waste heat" is applied to on-site
thermal requirements -- process steam, space or water heating -- instead
of going up in smoke as it does in large power plants.
Encourage DG (distributed generation, i.e. electricity production at the consumer level by ground heat-pumps, solar photovoltaic panels, small wind turbines, and fuel-cells using hydrogen or other renewable fuels).
Pages 30: Investments will be made to improve energy efficiency in buildings,
energy-using equipment and appliances.
Solar panels will be installed on schools and municipal buildings.
The State will further encourage photovoltaic solar energy through volume buying, which will reduce prices for individual homeowners.
Page 31: Demand-response programs, including time-of-use or "real time" meters and electric rates, will reduce or shift power demand off the peak hours, thus reducing chances of outages or price spikes. It is estimated that the peaks can be reduced by 10% (meaning: less power plants to be built).
Page 40: Installed capacity of windpower will increase by 1,000 MW (the
equivalent of one large conventional gas-fired plant). But in view of the
unreliability of wind, they shall only be counted as 200 MW in California's
"dependable capacity" - or "peak hour capacity". Remarks: This may
be done without damaging additional landscapes and bird populations, by
replacing ageing turbines with new, more powerful ones.
Commentary: What is remarkable in this Plan is that the Californians, who pioneered windfarms, are now turning their backs to them. And the same is happening in Europe with the Danes: They went full steam ahead covering their countryside with wind turbines, only to decide now that subventioning more of them would be too much of a drain on the Budget for too little electricity, with great environmental and social costs.