Renewable Energy Myths Debunked

Renewable Energy Myths Debunked

New technologies always come with their naysayers and skeptics, but renewable energy has sure seen some wild theories and conspiracies. While legitimate problems in renewables do need solving, it’s clear that renewable energy is a bold path forward in the reduction of climate change risk, increased energy independence and cleaner air for generations to come. In this blog we look at three sources who debunk common, or not-so-common, renewable energy myths. Let’s get started.

Myth Primer

HowStuffWorks Robert Lamb’s article, “5 Myths About Renewable Energy,” forgoes the loonier notions out there concerning new world orders and Area 51 battery packs. Instead, his article looks at five of the bigger renewable energy myths making the rounds. Here are the myths debunked in his article:

#5 – Clean coal is the answer

#4 – Solar energy doesn’t provide enough juice

#3 – Wind turbines are noisy, costly bird killers

#2 – Renewable energy is worthless without government incentives

#1 – Renewable sources can’t replace fossil fuels

Read the HowStuffWorks article here.

Academic Viewpoint

An opinion piece from two academics, published by the Yale School of the Environment, provides a more scholarly viewpoint. They point out that renewable energy skeptics argue that because of their variability, wind and solar cannot be the foundation of a dependable electricity grid. The article corrects that assumption by noting “the expansion of renewables and new methods of energy management and storage can lead to a grid that is reliable and clean.” They debunk three myths:

Myth No. 1: A grid that increasingly relies on renewable energy is an unreliable grid

Myth No. 2: Countries like Germany must continue to rely on fossil fuels to stabilize the grid and back up variable wind and solar power

Myth No. 3: Because solar and wind energy can be generated only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, they cannot be the basis of a grid that has to provide electricity 24/7, year-round.

Read the Yale School of the Environment article here.

World View

Over at the World Economic Forum, Schneider Electric Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Emmanuel Lagarrigue writes in his article: “perceived obstacles for the mass adoption of clean, renewable energy technologies are quickly becoming outdated.” His article debunks these two myths:

Myth: intermittency makes renewable energy unreliable

Myth: the energy transition will be too expensive

Read the World Economic Forum article here.

Bonus Myth

Bottom Line

Renewable energy myths ignore the reality that this technological innovation is the future. At the core of that future is renewable energy development – turning raw land into electric load that can serve the needs of countless generations to come.

Amshore has developed sustainable energy solutions for utility companies and independent power producers looking to expand their renewable energy projects throughout North America. Over the past 20 years, Amshore has originated and developed solar and wind energy facilities generating 2.9 gigawatts of power covering over a half a million acres.

Cas Purdy

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Amshore develops sustainable energy solutions for utility companies and independent power producers looking to expand their renewable energy projects throughout North America. Our experienced team of developers help clients find, evaluate and create projects that reduce climate change risk, increase energy independence, and provide cleaner air for future generations.

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