- Sep 5, 2017
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I realize my wording wasn't very precise, but what I meant is replacing natural gas power generation with renewables. Solar and wind backed up by large scale power storage. Solar and wind have become some of the cheapest ways to generate electricity and power storage is getting cheaper every year thanks to advances in battery technology.
To be fair, that's happening - renewables are increasing, gas is decreasing, and coal is in the midst of collapse. There needs to be an effort to reduce gas use in other areas too.
I think improvements in energy storage is the key to wind and solar in playing a bigger role. Without it, I'm not sure there is enough surface or Europe to paper with panels and wind mills and accommodate their inherent inconsistencies.
It would be nice as well if they were able to make significant advancements in tidal or wave power. I know the pilot project in the Bay of Fundy looked promising until the tide literally torn the turbine apart and the company ran out of money. There is another demonstrator staring up using a different approach.