No question, 2016 was an extremely eventful year for clean technology. At Scaling Green and Tigercomm, we’re very interested in what 2017 brings. Before we get to 2017, though, here are 10 clean energy stories that industry analysts, ourselves included, consider to be among the most significant in 2016.
As you can see, utility-scale solar PV is now down to the $46-$61 per MWh range, an enormous decline in just the past 7 years. As for onshore wind power, that's also down sharply, to the $32-$62 per MWh range
The bottom line findings are impressive: a median forecast of 24%-30% reductions in wind power costs by 2030 and 35%-41% reductions by 2050; with even greater reductions possible -- possibly more than 50% by 2050 -- in the most optimistic scenario.
By Sarah Lippincott and Mike Casey, excerpt from Social Wind. Spoiler alert: We’ve found that almost every wind energy company is using social media as a limited distribution platform. That’s understandable, because social media is great for distribution as the first, highly targeted, yet far-reaching...
"Last year marked a turning point for renewables...Over the next five years, renewables will remain the fastest-growing source of electricity generation, with their share growing to 28% in 2021 from 23% in 2015."
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is out with the sixth edition of its annual Global Wind Energy Outlook, "looking at the future of our industry out to 2020, 2030 and ultimately to 2050." The full report is available for download at GWEC's website, but for now, here are a few highlights (bolding added for emphasis) and graphs.
It looks like the most dire potential impacts of Hurricane Matthew have been largely avoided, at least in Florida, but check out this post by Climate Central for a reminder of what type of storm surge potential a climate-change-fueled superstorm brings with it.