Author Topic: Addressing climate change  (Read 8225 times)

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Offline TimG

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Re: Addressing climate change
« Reply #105 on: May 27, 2019, 10:06:22 pm »
Fair enough.  I guess we can just watch what those countries that don't care at all about climate change do with their power grid.
Even then it is not that simple. Uruguay has successfully deployed close to 100% renewables because they have hydroelectric resources that are sufficient to meet the needs of their current population. However, those hydroelectric resources have a finite generation capacity so if the demand increases they will need to build fossil fuel or nuclear plants to balance any additional wind/solar capacity they add. For the same reason this model cannot be replicated in the majority of countries where the needs of their population already exceeds the generation capacity of their hydroelectric resources. That is one of the reasons why Quebec and BC can pretend to be virtuous while Atlantic Canada and Alberta are stuck with fossil fuels. When it comes to electricity generation geography matters a lot and what works in one country may not work in any other.
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