11 Problems plaguing renewable energy (part 2)

We continue our article series on the most disturbing issues that hinder renewable energy from really taking flight. In the first part of our series, we discussed some of these problems and we continue our look at them here, starting with No. 6 on the list.

6. Remote location of renewable energy systems

The Department of Energy claimed that most of the optimal locations in the U.S. to put up renewable energy stations are far from their intended users. As a result, the government is expecting massive costs and low efficiency of energy use due to long transmission lines.

7. Low percentage use of renewable energy in power grid

Here’s a startling fact: Daniel Simmons, who works as VP for Policy of the Institute for Energy Research, said that renewable energy comprised only 2.3 percent of U.S. energy consumption for much of 2015. This minimal use may not justify the continued government subsidy for this energy technology.

8. Low expansion potential

According to this news article, most of the optimal sites to put up solar and wind energy systems are already in use. In other words, the capability to expand renewable energy systems to more locations isn’t that promising.

9. Low price of natural gas

Cost-wise, natural gas is still one of the most practical energy sources in the U.S., easily trumping the exorbitant initial costs of using renewable energy. Solar and wind energy may be considered to be friendly to the environment, but the Department of Energy says that natural gas use has led to the downtrend in CO2 emissions for the country.

10. Huge potential of nuclear energy

Nuclear power plants are gradually becoming the best alternative for coal-fired power stations because of their low radiation emission and better safety. They also defeat renewable energy in terms of required space for infrastructure.

11. High risk of corruption

A number of scandals rocked the world of renewable energy, after some companies were exposed to cheat their way into having their technologies adopted by governments.

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These problems seem to paint a bleak picture of the future of renewable energy. However, as technology breaks ground in terms of increasing efficiency and improving the existing power systems, it should only be a matter of time before we can enjoy – and really reap the benefits – of solar and wind energy.

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