NOAA - SOLAR AND WIND CAN SUPPLY MOST OF US POWER BY 2030, WITHOUT HIGHER ELECTRICITY PRICES

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26 january 2016

Switch to Clean Energy Can Be Fast and Cheap

Strategically placing solar and wind farms across the U.S. could compensate for power lulls during cloudy or calm days

By Umair Irfan, Scientific American from ClimateWire on January 26, 2016

Wind and sunshine could power most of the United States by 2030 without raising electricity prices, according to a new study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Even when optimizing to cut costs and limiting themselves to existing technology, scientists showed that renewables can meet energy demands and slash carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity sector by 80 percent below 1990 levels.

The study, published yesterday in the journal Nature Climate Change, factors in energy demand, costs and, crucially, the role of weather.

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