Is Wind the Next Nuclear? What the nuclear stagnation tells us about the challenges that lie ahead for wind energy
- Apr 14, 2021 8:07 pm GMT
Levelized costs of electricity often dominate the energy and climate debate. Green advocates like to believe that if we only invest enough in wind and solar, the resulting cost reductions will soon put an end to fossil fuels. While this is already a strongly oversimplified viewpoint, a narrow focus on cost makes such simplistic analyses even less useful.
This article will elaborate by example of two clean energy technologies that face very different non-economic barriers: nuclear and wind.
The Nuclear Stagnation
When technology is new and exciting, people only see the positives. It’s only when we reach meaningful market shares that undesired impacts are felt, and public opinion turns negative.
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