MYTHS ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY DEBUNKED
How can we run this world on renewable power sources? The problem raises quite a few fears and concerns.
People have been debating sustainable energy for decades— about supporting it, its place in our energy policy, and its impact.
We see a lot of misinformation being thrown around about renewable energy. But most of these debating points we hear today are based on old facts and opinions that don’t hold up anymore.
So, we set out to look at some persistent myths held by both supporters and critics of renewable energy.
Renewable Energy is Too Expensive
The cost of installing wind and solar energy solutions in recent years has plummeted. As of now, renewable energy offers the most economical solution for new capacity in several countries and regions. The truth is sustainable energy is gaining popularity and becoming one of the most abundant and most affordable sources of electricity
In nearly 60 developing countries, solar power is more affordable than fossil fuels. In fact, IRENA stated that by 2020, wind and solar generation would be the least pricey electricity sources. The economics of renewables benefit from technology improvements and the increase in demand. When it comes to solar and wind generation there is no input costs because they do not rely on fuel. In contrast, fossil fuel extraction, transportation, and combustion are expensive.
Renewable Energy kill birds
Most complaints about clean generation are that it kills birds. Well, turbines do lead to avian deaths, and wind farms have one of the lowest rates of impact on birds of any form of power generation. But cats, buildings, and cars pose more danger.
This is just a myth about Renewable Energy Sources; the truth about the statistic about bird deaths are caused by global warming. It was the effect of global warming, causing changes in bird migration and reproduction patterns, impacting habitats, food and water sources, and nesting places. In some countries like Europe, 92 bird species decline due to a warm climate, while 314 species are endangered in North America.
Myth # 3
Renewables aren’t easy to access.
Yes, it was once true! Companies have difficulty to access renewables, but times have changed, and there was an improvement. Today, most companies can decide their Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs) and turn to a combination of onsite and offsite renewables generation. It is to address their carbon goals, economic goals, varying from investment to electricity budget stabilization.
Renewable energy doesn’t help stop global warming.
Several large-scale human activities are the cause of threatening global warmings, like burning fossil fuels for energy and massive deforestation for livestock production. Indeed, renewable energy alone can’t prevent global warming, but anyone is arguing that renewable energy is useless because it can’t stop global warming. But, renewable energies are the solutions to global warming. They should be pursued as actively as soon as possible if we want to have hope of preventing catastrophic climate change.
Climate change is happening. Some of the essential indicators have been presented on the US EPA website: “Average temperatures have increased across the contiguous 48 states since 1901, with an increased rate of warming over the past 30 years. Eight of the top 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1998. Average global temperatures present a similar trend, and all of the top 10 warmest years on record worldwide have occurred since 1998.
The continuous concerns about climate change have made renewable energy sources an essential component to meet the world’s energy demand. Because of the recent energy technologies, it could reduce CO2 emissions. With this, it is crucial to develop and support renewable energy supply technologies and demand for renewable energy.