California is scrambling to replace power due to the San Onofre nuclear plant shutdown. Natural gas plants would do the job yet several beach cities oppose them. What they don’t understand is renewable energy isn’t baseline power, it doesn’t generate 24/7. Without reliable baseline energy, power supplies could be problematic.
If taken to its extreme, these cities could have no backup power when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow. Moreover, depending on solar farms for daytime base-load power creates a fast ramping-down problem at sunset each day when the sun’s radiant energy is fading.
Wind energy typically isn’t available until early morning hours, if at all. The only reliable backup is natural gas-fired power plants.