Wednesday, May 25, 2011

State's energy system will need major overhaul

California can meet its mandate to slash greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels within the next 40 years - but only with a virtual revolution in energy production and use, said a report released Tuesday. Fossil fuel use must drop dramatically in California, and reliance on renewable energy sources like solar, wind and geothermal power will have to rise significantly, according to the report by the independent California Council on Science and Technology. "The grid as it currently stands is entirely unsustainable," said Jeffery Greenblatt, an energy analyst at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, one of the report's authors. "We're going to see a very different grid in 2050 than we have now." More>