Author Topic: Addressing climate change  (Read 8225 times)

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Offline TimG

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Re: Addressing climate change
« Reply #90 on: May 27, 2019, 04:34:20 pm »
If solar is cheaper, we're going to start seeing more and more leading businesses (not bad ones that fail) turn to solar.
It is not that simple. If the market was left to sort it out then solar and wind would rarely be used where there is a grid because because they are not baseload or disapatchable which makes them implicitly less useful than other power sources. Governments can and have attempted to rig the market by dumping costs on non-renewables or the grid rather than subsidizing renewable power directly (e.g. with renewable mandates). In such a rigged market it could be profitable to run a solar/wind plant but it is important to remember that the market was rigged. Simply taxing fossil fuels more is rarely enough to make up for the costs incurred dealing with the unreliable nature of solar/wind.