Renewable energy experts cast doubt on Biden’s wind power plans

Thomas Catenacci

NS Biden Board of Directors Aggressive plans to transition from fossil fuels to a decarbonized grid may not be achieved, according to energy experts.

For example, to reach President Joe Biden’s net zero emissions goal by 2050, the United States would need to triple its existing transmission infrastructure, follow to a 2020 Princeton University study.

The study concluded that the US would also need to invest $3.4 trillion in transmission line expansion, including lines connecting new wind and solar power generation to the grid.

“The current grid takes 150 years to build. Now, to get to net zero emissions by 2050, we have to rebuild those emissions over the next 15 years and then rebuild even more over the next 15 years,” said Jesse Jenkins, a Princeton researcher and co-author of the study, said, E&E News report.

Since Biden took office, he has commit cut US emissions by 50% by 2030, have a 100% carbon-free grid by 2035 and bring the economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. As part of the program Presidential Clean Energy Agenda, Interior Department announced the plan financing seven offshore wind farms nationwide with a combined capacity of 30 gigawatts (GW) by 2030 in October.

However, the 30 GW capacity proposal is far below the 300 GW that offshore wind farms on the East Coast would need to produce to achieve net-zero, said Tufts University environmental engineering expert Eric Hines said, according to E&E News.

“Once we get past those first 30 GW, we’re really going to give up as an industry,” Avangrid Renewables president Bill White said at a recent conference, E&E News reported. .

Oregon-based Avangrid is a major developer of renewable energy technology owns 50% shares in a wind project off the coast of Massachusetts. The project is under construction and underway to become the first of its kind in the US, which will including 62 wind turbines and generate 800 megawatts per year.

Overall, only 14 offshore projects are under development along the East Coast, E&E News reported. While the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) continues to coordinate with a number of countries on some projects, the agency noted that the United States will need more wind forecasts to meet its energy goals.

According to E&E News, BOEM’s head of renewables, James Bennet, said: “We’re really going to need more capacity.

However, wind energy and solar energy have criticized for being unreliable energy sources because they almost never produce the amount of electricity they are capable of. For example, offshore wind produces only 45% of energy capacity due to its intermittent production capacity, Energy Information Administration data shows. shows.

“We have substituted geographically specific policies for a general policy that wind and solar are generally good and fossil fuels are bad,” said Ryan Yonk, senior lecturer at the Institute for Economic Research. US previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “And that puts the ability to consistently produce energy at a reasonable price in jeopardy.”

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