An interesting legal case on the capabilities of electricity grids to accommodate renewable energy has been underway in the US. In a 2015 PNAS article, Stanford (Woods Institute) based Jacobson et al claimed that with appropriate care electricity grids could operate with 100 per cent renewables.
A study, also published in PNAS by Clack et al, found that the “analysis involves errors, inappropriate methods, and implausible assumptions.” The grids needed fossil or nuiclear to be stable.
Jacobson sued for $10 million in damages. A court and subsequent appeal found there were no grounds for doing so and that the lawsuit was purely to silence debate. The defendants (the journal and Clack) have now filed for $600,000 damages under anti-SLAPP — for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation”.
The Woods Institute, with a $23 million annual spend, also features Michael Mann, another serial litigator who seeks to prevent debate, and Obama climate booster Jonathan Pershing) and has on its staff the notorious Paul Ehrlich as a Fellow.