By Kathiann M. Kowalski, Energy News Network
Locally generated solar and wind energy could already replace almost three-fourths of electricity made by U.S. coal plants for less than the cost of continuing to operate those plants, according to an analysis released today by two clean energy research groups.
By 2025, the share of “at risk” coal generation will jump from 74 percent to 86 percent, adds the report by Energy Innovation Policy & Technology in San Francisco and Boulder-based Vibrant Clean Energy. “We’re not talking about replacing every coal plant overnight,” said report co-author Eric Gimon at Energy Innovation. “What we’re saying is every coal plant should be looked at.” How do coal plants compare to solar or wind energy in the analysis? Continue reading here.
Additional Recommended Reading
- The Coal Cost Crossover: Economic Viability Of Existing Coal Compared To New Local Wind And Solar Resources, Energy Innovation Policy & Technology. America has officially entered the “coal cost crossover” – where existing coal is increasingly more expensive than cleaner alternatives.
- Article by John Weaver, PV Magazine: Trade your coal for locally sourced solar power by 2025!
Photo by SoCore Energy: Kearney Solar Farm
Kathiann M. Kowalski is the author of 25 books and more than 600 articles, and writes often on science and policy issues. In addition to her journalism career, Kathi is an alumna of Harvard Law School and has spent 15 years practicing law. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Association of Science Writers.
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