This is not a revolt; this is not a war. It is an adaptation, and while something like the shale-boom may lose excitement and appreciation, it has an extreme long-term impact. This is the future of renewable energy and there is a simple and compelling trend for three decades of progress.
We have been using wind and solar power for about 30 years now, it’s hard to believe. The renewable power-generating technology behind this type may be much older, but the first solar and wind generation data only date from 1990.
The fact that Europe was not the first to embrace solar and wind technologies is even more surprising. Today, only in 1997 was the greenest globe joined the two.
In the last twenty years, the energy world has changed.
Some sources of renewable energy have always been around. Taking Iceland and its geysers, for starters. With its geothermal deposits, Iceland is the world’s leading producer of renewable energy. Or it’s Costa Rica: for over two straight months, over two years, the small nation has produced 100% renewable energy.
It was also the United Kingdom which was justifiably proud of having more renewable energy than fossil fuels generated in 2019. It is worth noting perhaps that nuclear power has played a major role in this non-carbon generation — 26.5% of the energy mix — while renewable energy purists oppose nuclear power as an alternative to fossil fuels. Nevertheless, it is a non-emission energy source and deserves a place among non-carbon sources.
The list of examples illustrating worldwide progress in the production and use of resources will continue. But if something makes economic sense, it will be beneficial. The main value of all these cases. It takes us to the topic of renewable energy prices and their role in raising the use of renewable energy systems.