By 2030, renewables will account for 70 percent of new power supply worldwide, according to projections released Monday from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Bloomberg analysts examined gas prices, carbon prices, the dwindling price of green energy technology, and overall energy demand (which, in the U.S. at least, is on a massive decline), and found solar and wind beating fossil fuels like coal and natural gas by 2030.
…Guerrero also sees the development of solar energy as just one component of an overall green economy along the lines of Van Jones work, and has developed a statewide forum plan to further implement this vision. The plan includes regional surveys with local live event public forums including instant interactive voting from the audience where labor, industry, advocates, activists, investors, and policy makers sit down at the same table to work through each stakeholder’s issues on both the technological, and social economics levels in addition to not only market and correct our economy with the innovation of solar, but the entire cornucopia of what makes a green and equitable economy.
Some folks don’t want to have a conversation about the whole energy picture — including the significant ecological costs of renewables — but hope to create broader societal support for “green” energy by only talking about the upsides. Discussing the downsides of Big Wind and Corporate Solar only strengthens the fossil-fuel lobbies that are hell-bent on cooking the planet, goes their argument.
Regardless, Japan’s facing rolling blackouts until next Winter, and it’s undeniable that if the country had more distributed power generation like Germany’s roof-based solar PV system, the entire country would be much more resilient in the face of catastrophe.