By Bob Unruh
But fossil fuels save residents from a dark and icy New Year
A new report from the Independence Institute has revealed how fossil fuels saved Colorado’s grid.
“Coloradans might want to begin brushing up on their German. At least enough to be familiar with the word Dunkelflaute, which roughly translates to ‘dark doldrums.’ The term describes a weather pattern of low wind and limited sunlight that makes generating electricity from renewables nearly impossible,” the report said.
The event is common in Europe during the winter – “hence the German name.”
And just recently it created a “devastating spike in gas prices in the U.K. while forcing Germany to supply nearly half of its electricity needs from coal,” the institute reported.
Neither is Colorado immune, it said.
In fact, over the New Year, “between December 30th and January 2nd, Colorado’s wind fleet (with its roughly 4,500 MW of installed capacity) went from producing 2,000 MWh of electricity down to the negatives on multiple occasions. Solar generation similarly flatlined on January 2nd, when overcast skies arrived in the state,” the report confirmed.