Renewable Energy Debate

March 15, 2019 – Volume 29, Issue 11
Can alternative sources replace fossil fuels? By Matt Mossman



Prentiss, Mara , Energy Revolution: The Physics and the Promise of Efficient Technology , Belknap Press, 2015. A Harvard University physics professor explains how current renewable technologies can meet global energy demand.

Sivaram, Varun , Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet , The MIT Press, 2019. The chief technology officer at India's largest renewable energy company describes the state of the solar energy industry and its role in the global transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Usher, Bruce , Renewable Energy: A Primer for the Twenty-First Century , Columbia University Press, 2019. A Columbia University business professor analyzes economic and other forces that have produced rapid growth in the use of wind and solar energy.


Bade, Gavin , “10 trends shaping the electric power sector in 2019,” Utility Dive, Jan. 2, 2019, State and local governments will increasingly adopt policies promoting the use of renewable energy this year, even as the Trump administration rolls back environmental protections and works to prop up the coal industry, according to a reporter who covers the utility industry.

Coren, Michael J. , “Electricity from renewables topped coal in Germany for first time in 2018,” Quartz, Jan. 5, 2018, A science reporter says solar, wind and biomass sources accounted for 40 percent of the electric power used in Germany last year.

Gerdes, Justin , “Record-Breaking Massachusetts Offshore Wind Auction Reaps $405 Million in Winning Bids,” Greentech Media, Dec. 17, 2018, Unexpectedly high bids at a state auction of offshore wind-development rights may signal more attempts to build wind turbines off the country's coastline.

Hill, Joshua S. , “Trump Imposes 30% Imported Solar Tariff, Threatens 23,000 Jobs In 2018,” CleanTechnica, Jan. 23, 2018, President Trump's decision to impose levies on imported solar panels and modules will have a devastating impact on the U.S. renewable energy industry, according to industry representatives.

Pierre-Louis, Kendra , “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accelerate Like a ‘Speeding Freight Train’ in 2018,” The New York Times, Dec. 5, 2018, Climate scientists say that, despite the rapidly increasing use of renewable energy, planet-warming emissions likely rose to record levels last year.

Roberts, David , “There's now an official Green New Deal. Here's what's in it,” Vox, Feb. 7, 2019, An energy writer analyzes the environmental and social policy goals included in the federal climate-change action plan introduced by newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Storrow, Benjamin , “Renewable Energy Is Surging, but Not Fast Enough to Stop Warming,” Scientific American, Nov. 14, 2018, The costs of wind and solar power will have to fall even more quickly than they are now to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate change, some experts say.

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“Energy Storage Gains Ground,” Norton Rose Fulbright, Aug. 9, 2018, Executives at companies working to advance battery technology for storing renewable energy discuss the opportunities and challenges their industry faces, as well as regulatory reforms they would like to see.

“Renewables 2018 Global Status Report,” REN21, 2018, Countries are increasingly relying on renewable power sources, but that progress has been uneven across sectors, with slow adoption of renewables for heating, cooling and transportation, according to a global network of renewable energy policy stakeholders.

“The Danish Energy Model: Innovative, Efficient and Sustainable,” Danish Energy Agency, undated, Energy officials in Denmark explain their country's long-term approach to using renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency.

Motyka, Marlene, Andrew Slaughter and Carolyn Amon , “Global renewable energy trends: Solar and wind move from mainstream to preferred,” Deloitte Insights, Sept. 13, 2018, A global professional services firm says a combination of supply and demand trends is helping solar and wind power compete successfully with conventional energy sources.

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