Background: Solar and wind power produce more electricity than nuclear…

Deepak Gupta July 10, 2022
Updated 2022/07/10 at 7:14 PM

We live in a global village that consumes more and more electricity. Although there are many ways to produce electricity, the planet needs to bet more on “green, safe and sustainable” alternatives. As such, touted as an important moment, solar and wind installations in the United States generated more electricity than the country’s nuclear plants for the first time last April.

Despite producing cheap electrical energy, nuclear power plants will increasingly be able to compete with solar and wind energy. But… coal still dominates the planet!

Increasingly, solar and wind energy are the sustainable alternative

According to an analysis of data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) carried out by the research organization SUN DAY, solar and wind produced 18% more electricity than nuclear in April. During the month, renewables accounted for 29.3% of all US electricity production, an all-time high.

Despite some setbacks such as the COVID pandemic, grid access issues and disruptions in global supply chains, solar and wind remain on the move. And they are increasingly a global alternative.

According to Sun Day executive Ken Bossong, solar production in the US between January and April 2022 increased 28.9% year-on-year, according to the analysis, while coal production declined 3.9% and nuclear 1.8%.

The news follows a study released last week by energy company BP, which showed that solar and wind power provided more than 10% of global energy for the first time last year.

However, despite progress in renewables, BP said coal remained the dominant fuel for global energy production in 2021, with its share rising to 36%, up from 35.1% last year.

More solar plants are needed

The war, in the first half of 2022, delayed the implementation of several projects to increase solar energy collection plants. Furthermore, in the US, the installation of such platforms stagnated during the first quarter of 2022, amid concerns about retroactive tariffs resulting from the US Department of Commerce investigation into the alleged evasion of anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

According to a study by the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie, in this period only 3.9 GW was achieved during the quarter, down 24% from the previous year.

Although these data are focused on the reality of the USA, the rest of the world has been guided by a reaction. As such, this data could be an incentive to deploy more solar and wind stations instead of nuclear power stations. The latter, due to various problems with the price of energy, gained ground in acceptance in several countries, previously totally against this type of energy.

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