Boom time for wind and solar?

InsideClimate News’ Dan Gearino has a pair of stories that show that renewable energy’s time has finally arrived, after decades of obstruction, underfunding and government support of fossil fuels.

The first story takes a look at the effects of Trump’s solar tariffs on the US solar industry. The bottom line – and good news – is that for a variety of reasons the effects are negligible.

The second story is a round up of three government reports on the state of wind power in the US. The picture they paint is of an industry taking off. From the story:

  • The country’s wind energy capacity has tripled since 2008, reaching 88,973 megawatts by the end of 2017. Wind contributed 6.3 percent of the nation’s energy supply last year.

  • The average price of wind power sales agreements is now about 2 cents per kilowatt-hour, down from a high of 9 cents in 2009 and low enough to be competitive with natural gas in some areas.

  • State renewable energy requirements once were the leading contributor to demand for new wind farms, but they were responsible for just 23 percent of new project capacity last year due to rising demand for clean energy from corporate customers, like Google and General Motors, and others.

  • Offshore wind is going from almost nothing, with just five wind turbines and 30 megawatts of capacity off Rhode Island, to 1,906 megawatts that developers have announced plans to complete by 2023.