Renewable energy sources are on course to overtake coal and become the planet’s biggest source of electricity generation by 2025, so says the International Energy Agency.
They are crediting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, for the new momentum in renewable energy.
According to its “main-case forecast,” the IEA expects renewables to account for nearly 40% of worldwide electricity output in 2027, coinciding with a fall in the share of coal, natural gas and nuclear generation.
Currently, locally, Imperial Irrigation District is getting 40% of its electricity from renewable sources, 35% from natural gas, 3% from nuclear, zero from coal. However, IID is getting 16% of its electricity from what are called ‘unspecified sources on the open market’ where its generation source cannot be traced.
As for the California Power Grid, which Southern California Edison is part of, it is getting zero energy from coal, 9% from nuclear, 16% from the expensive spot or open market, 47% from natural gas, and 19% from renewables.
As the sun gets stronger throughout the day, the supply of renewable power increases, and the dependence on fossil fuels goes down.
When it is dark, there is no generation from the sun, but perhaps some generation from wind.
Solar panels, outside, with sunshine and puffy clouds above.
Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR