Kotkin: State Energy Shortage Looms Amid Shift to Renewables

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– In much of the country a powerful energy boom is providing a serious stimulus to economic growth. But California is lurching toward an anticipated energy shortage that will further exacerbate the state’s already deep geographic and class divisions, according to Joel Kotkin, an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. California has committed the state to getting half of its electrical power from renewables such as wind and solar, up from 16 percent today, within the next decade, Kotkin writes. This drive has meant the rapid abandonment of electricity generated by nuclear power as well as natural gas which together comprised nearly 70 percent of all electricity production in 2015.

Kotkin writes that some believe California could soon return to the kind of crisis we faced in 2000 and 2001 and may be vulnerable to rolling blackouts. These policies will fall particularly hard on working-class Californians who already suffer the nation’s highest rate of people living in poverty. They also tend to live in less-temperate geographies such as the Inland Empire, the high desert and the Central Valley. Expect the recent moves to expand the ranks of the million Californians who spend 10 percent or more of their household income on energy-related expenses.

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