The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By DAVE MARSTON
Writers on the Range 

The "Energy Gap" Nobody Wants to Tussle With

 

January 4, 2023

Many Western states have declared they will achieve all-renewable electrical goals in just two decades. Call me naïve, but haven't energy experts predicted that wind, sun, and other alternative energy sources aren't up to the job?

Alice Jackson, a former CEO of Xcel energy's Colorado operation, was blunt at a renewable energy conference in February 2020: "We can reliably run our grid with up to 70% renewables. Add batteries to the mix and that number goes up to just 72%."

Grid experts now say that Jackson's number is 80%, but still, how will that utility and others produce that missing pow...



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