It has been another record year for renewable energy, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and rising costs for raw materials around the world, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
About 290GW of new renewable energy generation capacity, mostly in the form of wind turbines and solar panels, has been installed around the world this year, beating the previous record last year. On current trends, renewable energy generating capacity will exceed that of fossil fuels and nuclear energy combined by 2026. (The Guardian, 1 Dec 31)
My comment: Great news! And this despite the lobbying of vested interests. Whether this trajectory will bring us safety from climate chaos I don’t know. There is a limit to the market penetration of renewables, as I found out when negotiating to have panels put on our roof – nearby trees made it unviable and a significant expense for dubious benefits.