The truth about renewable energy: Inexpensive, reliable, and inexhaustible

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We’ve all heard the common myths about renewable energy: It’s
expensive; it can’t be relied upon; there just isn’t enough of it to
meet our energy needs. But as technological advances and plummeting
costs drive explosive growth — U.S. installed wind capacity has grown
sevenfold to nearly 47 gigawatts in the last seven years — real-world
experience is shattering long-held assumptions every day. Even ardent
supporters of renewables may be surprised by what we’re learning.

Renewable energy actually reduces electricity prices for businesses and consumers. A new analysis [PDF] conducted by Synapse Energy Economics on behalf of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid
found that adding more wind power to the electric grid could reduce
wholesale market prices by more than 25 percent in the Midwest region by
2020 — $3–$10 per megawatt hour (MWh) in the near term, and up to
nearly $50 per MWh by 2030. Those savings would be passed along to
consumers through lowering retail electricity prices by $65–$200 each
year.

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