27 May '13, 10am

Breakdown: Penetration of #Renewable #Energy in selected markets #Portugal, #Germany, and #SanFrancisco

Breakdown: Penetration of #Renewable #Energy in selected markets #Portugal, #Germany, and #SanFrancisco

What is noteworthy is that the article discussed inputs, not consequences. For societies there are two important consequences: cost and envrionmental protection (Health, etc.). Energy is about 10% of the gross national product of the U.S. If you double energy costs, it reduces resources for everything else. In terms of environmental protection, the big issue is climate change. If judge by those standards, Iceland and Norway rank high because of luck: abundant hydro and geothermal resources. Sweden (half nuclear and half hydro) and France (large nuclear) rank high with low-cost electricity and low greenhouse gas emisisons. Germany and Denmark rank near the bottom in Europe with high-cost electricity and large carbon dioxide emissions per person because they have to burn coal to keep energy costs down. Germany's massive expansion of coal to provide backup for renewables and ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013...

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