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No, Rick Perry, California's renewable energy policies aren't dangerous for the grid

No, Rick Perry, California's renewable energy policies aren't dangerous for the grid

When Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered a 60-day review of the “long-term reliability of the electric grid” on April 15, he might as well have cited California’s energy policies as the target of his inquiry.

California, after all, is the nation’s leading supporter of renewable energy, which fossil fuel advocates maintain is destabilizing the grid. Regulations and incentives that favor solar and wind power, Perry’s memo said, have “caused the erosion of critical baseload resources ... destroyed jobs and economic growth, and … threaten to undercut the performance of the grid well into the future.” In other words, Perry has already decided what the study should find: Its purpose is to...

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