Renewables to Provide More Energy Than Fracked Gas

Bloomberg: “New wind turbines and solar panels worldwide will provide more energy over the next five years than U.S. shale-oil production has over the past five, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.”

“The leading renewable-energy technologies will add the equivalent of 6.2 million barrels of oil a day to the global energy mix, exceeding the 5.7 million barrels a day pumped from U.S. shale oil wells since 2010 … Goldman Sachs said the biggest shift will occur over the next decade as demand for renewable energy, LED lighting and plug-in vehicles accelerates.”

“’Wind and solar are on track to exceed 100 gigawatts in new installations for the first time,’ the analysts wrote. Solar and wind energy are saving a gigaton of carbon dioxide emissions annually and the market for four leading low-carbon technologies is now worth more than $600 billion per year.”

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  • pisher

    This is so encouraging on one level.

    On another, as a bird watcher, I’m seriously afraid those wind turbines are killing unacceptably large numbers of birds, and almost nothing has been done to find ways to stop the collisions. Birds mainly migrate at night, and constantly collide with office towers.

    We need the energy, and we need to stop putting more carbon into the atmosphere, but we also need to be responsible for the fate of our fellow travelers on this planet.

    • moderatesunite

      this is one of the “concerns” that is simply not true.
      The average wind turbine kills only 1-3 birds per year, dozens of times fewer birds than the average building with windows of the same height.
      and the average feral cat kills hundreds of birds annually.
      nevertheless people are working on newer designs to prevent the deaths of birds and bats.

      • cat’s are godawful for birds

        • moderatesunite

          they really are, domestic cats are one of the animals that can wipe out a native ecosystem if they aren’t kept under control.

      • cat’s are godawful for birds

      • pisher

        Even though there’s no problem, they’re working on new designs.

        Right.

        There are no reliable stats, and we already have nearly 50,000 wind turbines here. Soon to be exponentially more.

        The cat thing is real, but being a nation of cat lovers, we’re hardly likely to do anything about it, other than feed the feral cats, and create colonies of them near endangered bird nesting sites.

        Parks authorities in New York are already collaborating with the cat colonists. No matter how much you feed a feral cat, he still wants to hunt. It’s his thing.

        • moderatesunite

          One of the reasons they are working o it is because they have caught so much flak over the issue.
          there are some real problems, for instance eagles and other raptors sometimes hunt around wind turbines putting them at increased risk, so the birds killed are occasionally from rarer/ more threatened species, also bats in somewhat larger numbers have a been killed by being attracted to a dangerous air pocket when the turbines are turning.
          The sheer number of them being built also means that it could become a bigger issue in the future if designs are not improved now.
          nevertheless the issue is greatly exaggerated, and if your primary concern is bird watching, then the issues with wind turbines aren’t even close to the scale of other threats they face.

    • embo66

      Take heart! There are quite a few newer wind turbine designs that are much safer for birds, plus there are a lot of other techniques being used to keep them away from older ones. And it’s important to protect not just birds but bats as well.

      The following article is almost two years old:

      http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/01/birds-bats-wind-turbines-deadly-collisions

      • pisher

        Let’s assume the new turbines work.

        You think they’re just going to get rid of the older designs already there right away?

        Climate change is bad for birds too, obviously.

        It’s not wind power I have a problem with–it’s human greed. We are not done sucking this planet dry.

  • embo66

    This is stunning — terrific! — news. More people need to hear it and know it.

    All I can add is: Thank the gods Obama has been our president for the last 7 years — and that a Democratic Congress passed a stimulus that included serious money to get all these new energies really going.

  • JamesInCA

    A peculiar choice of comparison points, though. So new wind and solar will provide more energy in coming years than fracking did in past years — but wouldn’t it be more meaningful to compare to petroleum in the same upcoming period? And the implication that LED lighting is somehow related to this growth is … weird.

  • JamesInCA

    A peculiar choice of comparison points, though. So new wind and solar will provide more energy in coming years than fracking did in past years — but wouldn’t it be more meaningful to compare to petroleum in the same upcoming period? And the implication that LED lighting is somehow related to this growth is … weird.

  • MVH1

    I think of those poor countries Putin punishes by shutting off the pipeline in the dead of winter if they cross him. What a great thing for them. And what a great thing for us. Utility bills shouldn’t be such a huge percentage of the average family’s disposable income.

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