A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s already happening

The ongoing debate around whether it’s feasible to have an electric grid running on 100 percent renewable power in the coming decades often misses a key point:  many countries and regions are already at or close to 100 percent now.

According to data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, there are seven countries already at, or very, near 100 percent renewable power: Iceland (100 percent), Paraguay (100), Costa Rica (99), Norway (98.5), Austria (80), Brazil (75), and Denmark (69.4).

The main renewables in these countries are hydropower, wind, geothermal, and solar.

A new international study, which debunks many myths about renewable energy, notes that many large population regions are “at or above 100%” including Germany’s Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Hostein regions, New Zealand’s South Island, and Denmark’s Samsø island. In Canada, both Quebec and British Columbia are at nearly 100 percent renewable power.

Last summer, China’s State-run Xinhua News Agency reported that “Qinghai Province has just run for seven straight days entirely on renewable energy … only wind, solar and hydro.” This was part of a test by the country’s State Grid Corporation to show a post-fossil-fuel future was practical.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has projected that by 2040, Germany’s grid will see nearly 75 percent renewable penetration, Mexico will be over 80 percent, and Brazil and Italy will be over 95 percent.

BNEF was not looking at what could theoretically happen by mid-century if countries pushed as hard as required by the Paris Climate Accord. They were just looking at business as usual over the next two decades.

A study out earlier this month found, “Indonesia has far more than enough pumped hydro storage sites to support a 100% renewable electricity grid.” Storage is one of the most straightforward ways to integrate wind and solar power into the grid,  to account for the times when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine. . .

Source: ThinkProgress.

Source: A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s already happening

4 thoughts on “A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s already happening

  1. How trump is secretly funding massive NASA Geoengineering projectss to combat rising CO2 levels and climate change. And no this is not typical rightwing conspiracy crapola, from sockpuppets who think massive petrol burning is ok, CO2 changes are Ok, and climate change is fake.. It shows the duplicity and cynicism, of Trump and how he really does not care about people.

    There probably are not so many chemtrails. It is done with rockets, ballons, and drones. 

    This anonymous commenter thinks NASA and or some other groups, did a huge geoengineering experiment last winter and fall. They think the mini-iceage meme was generated by trump trolls and cia sock puppets to detract from the Massive Trump Funded Geoengineering Operation last fall, winter, and spring in the southern parts of the United States.

    It effected the southwest USA and southeast USA, maybe elsewhere, from research, these things occured in the southern USA

    1. There was a weird cooling in the southern United States. 

    2. There was a strange mist in the air for months, that was similarly noted in many places.

    3. There were lower than normal temperatures for months and precipitation increases. 

    4.There were sigificantly higher levels of small particulate levels in the air in cities from Phoenix, to San Antonio, in Georgia to Florida. Even Salt Lake City and Des Moines.

    5. Strange KILLER flus, bronchitis.Lung FIBROSIS. 

    There are conspiracy trolls in the alternative media that are spooks. That is how trump got elected. CIA operative trolls, at fox news and elsewhere claimed it was from sun cycles and solar minimums. Perfect set-up for geoengineering in the upper atmosphere and probably lower atmosphere that was coordinated.

    Record 130 degree temperatures in the southern hemisphere, poles melting contradict a solar minimum.


    • Fascinating article, Nick. What do you know about the jet stream? I think I read somewhere that the jet stream has moved (due to global warming) and this is responsible for much of the colder weather.


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