Wind energy versus nuclear energy reduction in reduction of carbon dioxide

There are many who argue that renewable energy sources particularly wind will be helpful to reduce carbon dioxide emission.This appears to be a romantic illusion. A recent analysis accessible at:
http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/ib_11.htm is very revealing.

The report relies on data published by the Energy Information Administration and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The author finds that if wind energy were to reduce carbon dioxide, the savings would be so small as to be insignificant and so expensive as to be impractical.

“Achieving the oft-stated goal of getting 20 percent of U.S. electricity needs from wind by 2030 would require a total expenditure of more than $850 billion. Yet the likely carbon-dioxide savings from that expenditure would be just 2 percent of global emissions in 2030”, the report concluded.

The report estimated that if US wants to install wind energy to provide 20% of electricity by 2030, it would impose a tax on U.S. electricity consumers of $45 to $54 for each ton of carbon dioxide that was removed.The consequent increase in tariff will be 48% over the current price of residential electricity in coal-dependent regions of the country.

According to the analysis a carbon tax at that level would be 23 to 28 times higher than the carbon-taxation regime now being used in the eastern United States. It would greatly exceed the carbon tax recently imposed in Australia and be more than three times as costly, on a per-ton basis, as the European Union’s Emission Trading Scheme.

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About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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