So if we really have about 500,000 electric cars on the road by 2015 as our leader suggests and take out all those nuclear plants (we know that is coming) and close all those nasty coal plants (courtesy of the EPA) as then let's just pause a minute to think what that means. It really means decarbonizing the electric grid.... hmmmmm.
To decarbonize the national grid would require another 30 - 40 GW of green generating power, or "the equivalent of a hundred large offshore wind-farms," according to the chief economist of the CCC. These would need to be large indeed. Assuming a rated capacity per turbine of 5 MW, and a capacity factor (actual output) of 30%, we have 1.5 MW for each. Thus we need around 20,000 - 27,000 turbines to produce 30 - 40 GW of power. So that means 100 wind-farms with 200 - 270 turbines each. If one turbine per day were manufactured, no mean feat given present manufacturing capacity, the process would take 55 - 74 years to complete, with the installation of them as a separate effort. As noted in previous posts, there is the further question of whether there will be sufficient quantities of rare earth elements (REEs) available on the world markets to make the turbine magnets which need about one tonne of neodymium per 4 MW of rated capacity. At present Nissan can't even make enough LEAFs as a result of that shortage.
Dollar getting clubbed like a baby seal today, oil through the roof.
So I wonder when the govt acknowledges the importance of coal.