posted on Jan, 17 2014 @ 09:02 PM
Spain is the first country in the world to draw a plurality of its power from wind energy for an entire year, according to new reports by the
country’s energy regulator and wind energy advocacy group Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE).
Wind accounted for 20.9 percent of the country’s energy last year — more than any other enough to power about 15.5 million households, with
nuclear coming in a very close second at 20.8 percent. Wind energy usage was up over 13 percent from the year before, according to the report.
The news is being hailed by environmental advocates as a sign that Spain, and perhaps the rest of the world, is ready for a future based on
renewables. But the record comes at the end of a very rocky year for Spain’s renewable energy sector, which was destabilized by subsidy cutbacks and
arguments over how much the government should regulate renewable energy companies.
Well, the world certainly isn't going to transition to renewables without some incredible temper tantrums but overall I think this is a good sign and
something that people should be talking about. The main problem with renewables is loss of profit that will dynamically change the world economy.
Fossil fuels is the primary driving force of the world economy, abandoning such isn't going to be smooth. On the other hand it's important to note
what fossil fuels cost us. War and global warming being chief among the costs but the other is that every oil and gas company is heavily subsidized by
governments over the world. Also... jobs. Renewables will not employ even a fraction of people that fossil fuels do but personally I think that
vacuums tend to be filled, especially in a world unburdened of energy costs. The cost of living would go down dramatically, more people might be freed
up to pursue careers that they actually want as opposed to careers that they need to pay the bills with.
The major drawback to wind power, is our winged friends... birds, bats, insects getting killed by the extreme low pressure that exists behind these
massive turbines. Of course this is overdramatized by fossil fuel shills and the people that buy their nonsense but nevertheless is a problem and one
I hope a solution for is found soon.
Overall I think the top problem with renewables is this... we keep waiting for governments to invest more heavily. Why? Why are we waiting for the
slowest solution? There's a growing divestment from fossil fuels movement, why don't we spread the word about it and encourage we, the private
citizens, to invest in renewables ourselves?
Spain shows us that it can be done. Their methodology leaves much to be desired. We can use what didn't work for them to grow from.