I think at long last, we are passing a tipping point on renewable energy, in particular solar and wind energy. The article below references it more as a turning point, but the public and industry are seeing the dividends that are presented with healthier and environmentally safer energy, which also is producing jobs. Further, the cost of production is falling so dramatically, it is close to being on par with other sources. And, when the cost of water loss, clean-up, maintenance, healthcare, environmental degradation, and litigation are valued for fossil fuel produced energy, the comparative cost of renewable energy is even more compelling.
Please do read the attached article called “Solar and wind just passed another big turning point.” But, keep the following tidbits in mind as you do:
- Amazon, Facebook, Google and other companies that manage electricity intensive data centers are powering them with solar energy.
- Aldi, IKEA, Target and Walmart and other cost-conscious retailers are powering (or have significant targets to power) stores with solar energy.
- 10% of the power produced in the oil-rich state of Texas comes from wind-energy. An even higher percentage of power is produced by wind energy in Iowa. Ranchers and farmers like leasing vertical space to wind mills, with some North Carolina farmers getting $5,000 per windmill per year.
- The City of Burlington, VT is 100% powered by renewable energy. They have not had a utility rate increase for consumers in five years.
- At the end of last year, there were 170,000 US solar energy jobs, which have been growing at double-digit rates for the past several years.
- In a recent survey of Republican voters by ClearPath a conservative group, 75% favored greater use of renewable energy and 56% said climate change was real and man-influenced. A group called Conservatives for Clean Energy is very active in the push for renewable energy, so this is more than a progressive voter issue.
- Finally, we need to be more concerned by the use of water in the energy acquisition and creation process. Fossil and nuclear fuel have to boil water into steam to turn the turbines which turn the generators. Although the process is usually repeated, the water that is eventually released into the river source has diminished. Plus, fracking uses a huge amount of water that cannot go back into the system with its added fracking chemical toxins.
Thanks for your interest and sharing my concerns and hopes.