Google. What haven’t they done to make our life easier? Now they want to make renewables cheaper than coal, and I for one hope they can figure out how to make that happen. If they do, we all win.
Their working hypothesis is that within 10 years (and $100,000,000 later) renewable energy can be cheaper than using coal to generate electricity. Here’s my question…how many years after that (and how many more zeros on the balance sheet) will it take to make it as reliable as coal?
Here’s the thing…cheap electricity is only a bargain if it works all the time whenever it is needed. For everything renewables can do, there is no way to make the wind blow on command or the sun to break through the clouds on dreary day (not to mention nighttime).
A news story in the Reno Gazette last Wednesday stated “But if renewable projects are more favorable, a lack of transmission lines needed to route energy produced at wind, solar and geothermal plants into the power grid remains a challenge.”
“Those renewable sources are where they are and can’t be moved around,” said Tom Darin, an attorney for Western Resource Advocates.
As I’ve stated, ideas like the one Google proposes is a situation where everyone wins, let’s just keep in mind that providing affordable and clean energy requires more than just one silver bullet to provide the answer, it is an endeavor so vast that it requires silver buckshot.