A recent LA Times article raises fears that clean energy might make the electric grid less reliable. The article gets some key facts wrong. Clean energy, key to fighting dangerous climate change, is manageable and getting cheaper all the time.
First, clean energy is not just the whim of some special interest group: there is a global scientific consensus that we must cut our use of fossil fuels in order to reduce dangerous carbon pollution. Renewable energy is one of the keys to doing so: it is available now and costs are coming down fast. There is good news on this front: utilities in Colorado and New Mexico recently got regulatory approval to purchase the equivalent of several large power plants of wind and solar power because it is cheaper than any alternative, including dirty fossil fuels. . . .