It is possible: clean energy, cow power, and other solutions that will help us in the green transition.
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Renewable energy has achieved price parity with fossil fuels in some markets. See: Sustainable Energy in America Factbook 2014 (Bloomberg New Energy Finance).
Renewable electricity generation costs touched all-time lows allowing renewables in some locations to underprice fossil-fueled competitors. Prices of solar modules have declined by 99% since 1976 and by about 80% since 2008.” (pg. 3)
Global turbine prices declined by roughly 35% over 2009 – 2013.” (pg. 38)
The U.S. solar industry employs more people than coal and gas combined. In 2013, solar industry employment grew at ten times the national average rate of just 1.9 percent. Read more here.
As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it’s used. Centralized, coal-fired power is over. Read more.
BC farmers are turning farm waste into renewable electricity and fertilizer – it’s cow power!
A large-scale wind, water, and solar energy system can reliably supply all of the world’s energy needs, with significant benefit to climate, air quality, water quality, ecological systems, and energy security, at reasonable cost. The obstacles to realizing this transformation of the energy sector are primarily social and political, not technological. With sensible broad-based policies and social changes, it may be possible to convert 25% of the current energy system to WWS in 10–15 years and 85% in 20–30 years, and 100% by 2050. (Delucchi and Jacobson 2011)
The Rocky Mountain Institute is helping transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future. They engage businesses, communities, and institutions to advance market-based solutions and cost-effectively shift to efficiency and renewables.
With the right policies and aggressive energy efficiency improvements, coal can be eliminated from China’s energy mix by 2040 and around 80% of electricity can come from renewable sources. Over the period 2011-2050, the total costs of such a system would be cheaper than one dominated by coal. Learn more.
The Renewable Energy Futures Study (2012) found that all regions of the United States could contribute substantial renewable electricity supply in 2050, consistent with their local renewable resource base. The renewable energy resource base of the U.S. is both abundant and diverse. There are many technology pathways to achieve high renewable penetration levels.
Ontario has been the centre of utility-scale solar power development in Canada so far, thanks to its economic incentive programs. But developers are hopeful that falling prices for solar panels will enable them to break into Alberta’s merchant market. Read more.