Electric power generated in 2017 by wind turbines in Germany exceeded the amount from hard coal and nuclear reactors for the first time, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems reports. Wind power in Germany has an installed capacity of about 54 gigawatts, outstripping all other main sources of electric power. On Nov. 23, about 46% of Germany’s electrical generation came from wind farms, according to WindEurope.org.
The financial firm Lazard reports that the life-cycle cost of nuclear power ranges from $112 to $183 per megawatt hour, while wind power ranges from $30 to $60. And the cost of utility-scale solar photovoltaic generation is $43 to $53 per megawatt hour. Adding storage, solar photovoltaic comes in at $82 per megawatt hour, down from $92 just a year ago.
— Brian Parkin, Bloomberg, Nov. 24, 2017; Philip Warburg, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Boston University.
So you lobby for crippling government regulations against nuclear power, see that those government regulations crippled nuclear power, use that to show that nuclear power is inherently ineffective, and use that to justify further regulations against nuclear power. That’s amazing! You guys are worth every cent the coal industry pays you.
The checks from the coal industry must have been lost in the mail because we’ve never seen one. Considering how they promote coal, president Trump and the EPA’s Scott Pruitt may have gotten all the coal kickbacks that are available.
As an environmental and peace organization, we are committed to renewable energy, not just reducing our carbon footprint. We oppose nuclear energy due to its inextricable link to nuclear weapons, but also due to its never-ending legacy of radioactive waste. See our report: Nuclear Power: Dead in the Water it Poisoned; http://nukewatchinfo.org/reports-studies-publications/nuclear-power-dead-in-the-water-it-poisoned/
Even in our northern Wisconsin office the electricity comes completely from solar power. We can convert to 100% renewable energy and we do not need nuclear reactors. For a couple of ways, see https://www.ted.com/talks/amory_lovins_a_50_year_plan_for_energy or https://news.stanford.edu/pr/2015/pr-50states-renewable-energy-060815.html.
That is the only solution that allows for the survival of ourselves and the rest of life on Earth.
-The Nukewatch Team