Ean GoodguySeptember 13, 201810990
Maybe you think that renewable energy is costly and will drive up the price of energy production all over the United States. However, this assertion that wind and solar alone have driven up the price of electricity is just too simple. There is no other type of energy sources that are sustainable and can create long-term consumer savings like these sources. In the case of solar especially, one can easily see that this model for energy creation is here to stay. Trust us, it's true.
A new Californian political member and president of the think tank Environmental Progress later wrote two pieces in Forbes in which he insisted that renewables, namely wind and solar, have caused higher electricity costs in the U.S. and overseas. His primary allegation can be summed up in the headline of his first piece is: If solar and wind are so inexpensive, why are they making electricity so high-priced?
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In this case, lawmakers raise some legitimate points, the real narrative, like the grid itself, is more complicated. Politicians argue that 1) the installation expenses of wind and solar have fallen significantly in the preceding decade, 2) during that time we have attached a lot of wind and solar to the grid, 3) wind and solar need backup power and transmission infrastructure, 4) electricity costs have increased in the past decade, and thus 5) wind and solar are responsible for raising electricity charges.
The first two claims are correct: as the expenses of wind and solar have dropped precipitously over the past decade and, as a result, we have installed significant quantities of each.
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Generally, a higher supply of electricity should push down wholesale expenses of electricity, which it has. Between the two pieces, Shellenberger lists off a number of situations that have higher retail electricity expenses now than in the recent past. While that may be true, almost everything is more costly now than it was in the past, too.
Shellenberger points to the Dakotas, Kansas, Iowa, and Oklahoma as models of states in which costs have risen. But once again, this is not conclusive.
All of the EIA data used as proof of cost increases are nominal values, meaning the charges have not been adjusted for inflation. Look at the price of cars, for example. If the average expense of a car in the U.S. was $3,215 in 1967 and $25,499 in 2016, does that indicate the cost of a car increased by 700%? No. Corrected for inflation, the true value of vehicles has only increased by approximately 11% during that time (and, oh, BTW, we also noticed things like improved safety, power windows, and frequently more trustworthy cars).
Federal data show that in the preceding decade the overall inflation-adjusted cost of electricity has fallen, though some parts of that price have increased. The prices of generating electricity (namely from natural gas, wind and solar) have declined, while the cost to produce that power have generally raised.
Wholesale price is only a portion of the full retail price of electricity. We also have to compensate for the wires, poles, and the people that sustain them, and this part of the cost has risen lately, but not outside of historical bounds.
This brings insight of the all-time low prices observed in the solar industry. There is no better time than now for you to go solar. HahaSmart can help you get the deals on solar you have been looking for. Have a start with our price checker tool to see how much money you can save over the next decade by making the switch to clean renewable energy for your house!
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