Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels  

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Bloomberg has a report on the massive growth in renewable energy and the steady marginalisation of fossil fuels - Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels. The article notes that even with low oil, gas and coal prices, renewable energy investment has still powered ahead.

One reason is that renewable energy is becoming ever cheaper to produce. Recent solar and wind auctions in Mexico and Morocco ended with winning bids from companies that promised to produce electricity at the cheapest rate, from any source, anywhere in the world

This last graph is interesting, showing how much power is generated in the UK from coal - things are almost back to where they were at the start of the industrial revolution.

2 comments

obviously don't like the truth.
The whole picture needs to be included not just the installed devices. I am not a supporter of fossil fuels or nuclear. I am concerned about continuing business as usual and its devastation of the earth and humanities future.
Solar and wind energy collecting devices and their auxiliary equipment have an industrial history. They are an extension of the fossil fuel supply system and the global industrial infrastructure. It is important to understand the industrial infrastructure and the environmental results for the components of the solar energy collecting devices so we don’t designate them with false labels such as green, renewable or sustainable.
This is a challenge to ‘business as usual’. If we teach people that these solar devices are the future of energy without teaching the whole system, we mislead, misinform and create false hopes and beliefs. They are not made with magic wands.
These videos are primarily concerning solar energy collecting devices. These videos and charts are provided by the various industries themselves. I have posted both charts and videos for the solar cells, modules, aluminum from ore, aluminum from recycling, aluminum extrusion, inverters, batteries and copper.
Please note each piece of machinery you see in each of the videos has its own industrial interconnection and history.
http://sunweber.blogspot.com/2015/04/solar-devices-industrial-infrastructure.html

Renewable energy can replace all other forms of power - be they fossil fuelled or nuclear.

Electric vehicles can replace oil fuelled vehicles.

There is nothing complicated about this and no reason to be believe that because we used lots of fossil fuels in the past that we need to continue doing so in future.

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