Now, don’t misunderstand, we totally support renewable energy. But with so much focus on renewables, we tend to take our eyes of the ball. With Irma and Harvey as our most recent attestations of global climate change, our goal has to be to reduce the greenhouse gases that are causing it. Period!
It’s not about reaching 50% or 100% total renewables in 30 years. That is far too late to do us any good. Never underestimate the power of economics!
Our biggest obstacle to achieving greenhouse gas reduction is cheap, plentiful natural gas. Currently, less than 15% of our energy comes from renewable sources. Hydro-power and wind produce 85% of that. Solar stands at about 6% of renewables. We use more biomass than we do solar for that matter. And, that only accounts for the electricity we generate. We rarely give a thought to the fossil fuels we use for heating which at least equals our electricity consumption.
If we are really serious about cleaning up the atmosphere:
- We are going to have to develop a comprehensive plan that encompasses numerous strategies that can be employed relatively quickly and on a large scale
- It will have to make economic sense. Renewable energy generation alone can’t fulfill the requirement of a scalable strategy in the face of plentiful and cheap natural gas
- Reducing energy waste (which equals greenhouse gas reduction) in our buildings, factories and vehicles has to be a very large part of that comprehensive plan.
Energy Masters can give you direction on how to do your part. Call us today!