A study recently published in the online journal Energy Policy claims that the state of New York – home to the city that never sleeps – could run completely on clean electricity by mid-century. Is this for real?
Thirteen environmental experts collaborated on the study, which analyzed the economic and engineering practicality of meeting the state's energy demands entirely with renewable sources. They agreed that transitioning towards green energy would not only increase overall efficiency, it would decrease consumptions rates and level energy price points.
Oh, yeah – and it’s the environmentally responsible thing to do! The level of carbon in our atmosphere has exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. More cases of asthma are being reported than ever before. Our water wells are being tainted by acid rainfall. Where does it end? With our extinction, like the dinosaurs?
Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and one of the authors on the study, spent over two years hammering out the details, which proposed wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal energy as preferable alternatives to fossil fuels and nuclear power. Biofuels would be used as a temporary power source during the transition, and then eventually phased out.
“Look at South Dakota,” says Jacobson. “In 2011, 22% of all their electricity was produced from wind power. Can you believe that? If you look at where they started from, maybe five years before that, it was ZERO. Suddenly it’s 22.3%. That's even more than Denmark! And the price of electricity in South Dakota went up only 2 cents per kWh from 2003 to 2011, whereas the average in the U.S. went up 3.6 cents per kWh. So it wasn't more expensive, that's for sure.”
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