Solar & wind competitive with fossil fuels by 2025 - NREL

Solar & wind without subsidies could be competitive with conventional power gen by 2025 in the US if located in high quality solar and wind sites.

Solar and wind power could be cost-competitive — without federal subsidies — with conventional power sources if new renewable energy development is focused around highly productive locations, according to a new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). As is often the case, this assumes fossil fuels (e.g., natural gas) retain their huge subsidies in the form of externalities, which common citizens (and disproportionately the poor) pay through illness, early death, healthcare bills, higher health insurance premiums, disasters relief, and so on.

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