Thu, Aug 23 2012 at 2:29 PM
alright, it is actually very difficult to find stats on electricity consumption by city. Las vegas is estimated at 23 TWh, L.A. is aprox. 26 TWh, and san diego is at approx. 25 Twh. All of these figures I have actually rounded down.... So that is still, a total of 74 Twh... I apologize if you just regurgitated another stat, but in total, including current and planned projects, calorado has 2.4793 GW of installed capacity of Wind turbines. Even if this ran 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it only amounts to 22 TWh.... while in actuality the amount would be closer to 10 TWh as 50% capacity factor is high for wind turbines. At a 50% capacity factor, they would still need 17 GW of generating capacity to power these three cities.... again 50% is higher than average. So unless colorado has a backer backing 15 GW of wind turbines, which would amount to projects costing well over 100 billion dollars, Im doubtful. In comparison, new nuclear reactors operate at 90+ capacity factors... current Canadian reactors can run at above 93%... and this is baseload power... You would need to install 9.51GW of nuclear power... You could easily do one plant per city with multiple reactors. I am from ontario, and from three plant sites, we have 12GW of nuclear power generating over 80TWh of our electricity demand (or equivalent to the global production from solar energy in 2011) from three sites....