Renewables alone can’t provide the energy our state needs to sustain its economy and quality of life
As California continues to focus on a 100% clean-energy future, it must develop efficient, responsible and sustainable solutions that benefit consumers.
Recent reports from Californians for Energy Independence and others note that renewable forms of energy such as wind, solar and hydroelectric generation aren’t sufficient for base-load energy usage, at least not now. They can’t provide the power our state needs to sustain its economy and quality of life. The technology, infrastructure and reliability aren’t there. California, where the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow, must have a reliable electricity grid. Energy blackouts in the world’s fifth largest economy are simply unacceptable.
But California’s path to a clean-energy future doesn’t mean we have to rely solely on renewable energy. Or that we eliminate oil and gas production.
Instead, reports say we need an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy that incorporates all forms of energy – fossil fuels as well as renewables – to ensure we have an affordable and reliable energy supply to meet California’s vast energy needs.
Responsible energy development must include oil and natural gas in its mix. In doing so, we can ensure that cars and trucks can still run, factories can still operate, and homes and businesses have the daily energy they rely on to power them into the future.