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Why dont we use more renewable energy?

Why is it that we do not use more renewable energy resources for our environment?

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Melanys’s Answer

Unlike natural gas and coal, we can't store wind and sunshine to use when we need to make more electricity. If the wind doesn't blow or the sun hides behind clouds, there sometimes isn't enough power for everyone.
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Vern’s Answer

The American electrical grid is a massive machine that was built over a 100 year period. The grid is in a constant state of change. Some of the changes include: 1) increasing supply to meet future demands; 2) improve safety; and 3) reduce costs. Because of the complexity each change requires approval by utility operators, the public utility commision; local agencies; contractors, and investors. For example, a rather simple residential solar array needs to be authorized by a PUC regulation; permitted by the local building department; recieve an approval to connect to the utility provider; be designed by the installing contractor; and paid for by the homeowner(investor). To make matters worse some state legislatures (Florida and Arizona come to mind) have passed legislation that protects power plant operators, utilities and investors from lower cost renewable energy technologies.

On the other hand, some state legislatures have passed legislation that strongly supports new renewable energy projects. California is a prime example of the second approach. In the case of California now routinely get more than 80% of their power from renewable sources (solar, wind, geothermal, and small hydro) and non-fossil fuel sources (large hydro, nuclear, biogas) for short periods of time. For example, on April 29, 2022 California was able to support 95% of consumer demand from renewable energy sources.

If you want you can explore more about the California Electric Grid at https://www.caiso.com/Pages/default.aspx

All this said, if we want renewable energy to grow more rapidly we will need more people in the many of the following jobs:

1) Scientists and engineers to create better technologies that cost less,
2) Engineers to design and build the manufacturing capacity,
3) Manufacturing workers to operate manufacturing systems,
4) Community activists for gain support for renewable energy progrms and projects,
5) Government policy makers to implement renewable energy programs and projects,
6) Contractors to manage renewable energy construction projects,
7) Installers to actually install and mantain renewable energy equipment, and
8) Financial people to create programs to pay for all of the work.

This begs the question which career path do you want.

Vern recommends the following next steps:

Find out what is required by your local utility and building department to install PV solar in your commuinity.
Talk to a solar installer to see if they can install solar your home, how much would it cost, and how long would the return-on-investment (ROI) be.
Talk to a many local politicians to ask what they are doing to increase renewable energy in your community.
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Angela’s Answer

It's hard to adjust to the new actions. Most people dont know much about renewable resources or the process start. Education, information, and stats is a start!
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Romeu’s Answer

because many companies have different interests and most of time renewable energy is more expensive. It depends basically on supply demand balance, in several countries the availabilty of renewables is limited, thus more expensive. However, it is going to be a question of time as new technologies to generate renewables are becoming more affordable and easier/faster to adopt.
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