California bans the sale of gas generators

Announcement - Help us fight the BOTS! Please report all spam including stuff in your inbox!

OffGridInTheCity

Active member
Joined
Dec 15, 2018
Messages
1,801
This article https://news.yahoo.com/california-law-bans-small-off-174600432.html explains that CA will no longer allow small gas engine sales - including *generators*!!

What the heck? How are you supposed to charge anything with the grid down, the wind isn't blowing, you don't have a water source, and its cloudy/night-time in an emergency! I can understand things like lawn-mowers but generators are making me shake my head - so no more home backup Generacs and things like that? I love Solar (and Wind / Water if I had any) but seems like generators are needed.
 
Last edited:

Korishan

Moderator
Joined
Jan 7, 2017
Messages
6,579
Ohhh, the bill doesn't take effect until 2035. That'd be plenty of time to get something in place.
Also, I'm sure there'll be some pushback for some admendments. You may have to have a "professional" installation of a generator (like a Generac or such) and not a DIY project. And also, that generator would need to be inspected on a yearly basis or some nonsense.

That does suck overall, though. But almost 15 yrs away is a quite a bit of time to get prepared. And besides, there'll be at least 2 more Governors between now and then and that law may get repealed.
 

OffGridInTheCity

Active member
Joined
Dec 15, 2018
Messages
1,801
I'm reading "...The new rule will be implemented by January 2024, or as soon as regulators determine is "feasible," whichever date is later...." in the article - which is only 3 years away. Where did you see the 2035 date?
 

Korishan

Moderator
Joined
Jan 7, 2017
Messages
6,579
1634440132676.png


Gotta click on the "Click here to read more" button. Altho, I just noticed that that is "vehicles".

However, considering that it also says "feasible" and "which ever is later", it make take them 5 years to figure that time frame out anyways. Because even in 3 years, that's not feasible. even 5 years isn't. 10 years would be closer, imho. Because outright banning them in 3 years would put a "lot" of ppl out of business. And a huuuge overhaul for state/private run entities, like linesmen for example.
 

ziporah

Member
Joined
Apr 26, 2021
Messages
47
Yesterday I discovered a nice device, it is still expensive (from what I've read), but it gives an alternative for the gas generators:
it's a pellet consuming hot water generator. The heat is used to drive a sterling engine, which can produce up to 500W on 240V, this can then be used to charge batteries. I haven't discovered any higher power engines, but this looks certainly a valid alternative
 
Top