Dramatic Changes in Costs Shifting the Debate on Renewable Energy
The standard refrain from opponents of renewable energy is that it is expensive and too variable for a stable grid. These arguments have always been exaggerated, so several European countries have high RES penetration without serious problems. But now the arguments against RES have an obviously expiring shelve life. They have simply been out-paced by technological and economic developments.
The latest news comes from a new January 2018 report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Their conclusions:
I have argued that the global warming issue is bogus and that the data do not support the hypothesis that human activities are a major driver of climate. CO2 levels in earth's history have been many times higher than today (we are actually lower than "normal") and have not correlated with temperature changes in the climate. But I equally contended that renewable energy is the future and that the technological and economic advances will moot concerns about the impact of fossil fuels in the near future. Based on the IRENA report and data, this time is pretty much at hand.