Renewables Will Loom Large in Energy Production

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Image courtesy of University of Colorado at Boulder

Jan 27, 2016 (COLORADO) Science Daily is reporting that a new study by the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are reporting that electricity could be powered by wind and solar by 2030. According to the new study:

“Our research shows a transition to a reliable, low-carbon, electrical generation and transmission system can be accomplished with commercially available technology and within 15 years,” said Alexander MacDonald, co-lead author and recently retired director of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in Boulder.

This is an incredibly important prospect, since it will make moving away from fossil fuels more likely. One of the models posits these costs:

Even in a scenario where renewable energy costs more than experts predict, the model produced a system that cuts CO2 emissions 33 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and delivered electricity at about 8.6 cents per kilowatt hour. By comparison, electricity cost 9.4 cents per kWh in 2012.

This is important, since the theoretical costs are dropping to the point that they are affordable. This is critical, and will allow San Diego to see the fulfillment of the Climate Change Plan (CAP) recently enacted by the City Council. That said, the goals of the CAP are far more ambitious than this new study allows for.

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