It’s a universal truth: renewables mean higher costs - Judith Sloan

Judith Sloan in the Australian August 11, 2018

It’s a universal truth: renewables mean higher costs

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Ms Sloan asks the reader to "Tell me anywhere in the world where a higher penetration of ­renewable energy has been associated with lower electricity prices."

And then attempts to prove her case by citing Denmark and Germany,

"It certainly isn’t Denmark, which went crazy about wind power and has some of the highest electricity prices in the world.

It also isn’t Germany, which fell in love with wind and solar power — yes, solar power in Germany — and has some of the highest electricity prices in the world."

As this graph shows, after a quick analysis of electricity prices compared to renewable energy uptake in 31 countries, there is very little correlation that can be demonstrated.

Ms. Sloan even defeats her own case by using Texas as an exception to the rule making her first statement incorrect. It is now a “rule" not a “universal truth”?

Another example of lack of correlation is shown in this image from this Clean Energy Council page comparing Australian states.

There are numerous studies showing that the environmental component of electricity prices is not large, and the increases in electricity prices are mainly caused by other factors.

I am not saying that their is not an increase in costs associated with going down the renewable path. I suspect in the long run all costs related to electricity production will be cheaper with renewables. The variables are too numerous for me to prove that, but the selective use of data (and I don’t know which data Ms. Sloan actually uses) is self serving claptrap.







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