Following global warming stories can often be disheartening. While parties bicker back and forth to determine whether or not the planet is impacted by global warming, real progress towards becoming energy independent passes us by. That is why the recent news that Denmark is now finding that wind power is the cheapest
form of energy that they have is comforting.
There is still work to do, even in Denmark which is situated in a prime area to capitalize on wind power on the coast. Denmark is set to increase their wind energy capacity in the coming years and beginning in 2016 the cost of wind power will be approximately half the cost of coal and natural gas plants, costing about 4 cents per kilowatt hour.
By 2025, Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is event in belief that it will become a carbon neutral city which is a major feat for any city, and even more for a capital city with a large population.
Once one major city is able to become carbon neutral, there is great potential for other nations to join the club and for carbon emissions to be reduced further. Many of the news articles citing the acceleration of carbon burning and damage to our environment fail to calculate the impact that these programs can have once they get rolling and other cities emulate Copenhagen.
Renewable energy is within our grasp and not only is wind power expanding across Europe and the world, but so is solar power and hydro power. The cost of solar panel have continued to drop and become more accessible. This gives me great hope that carbon emissions can continue to reduce and many positive environmental and economical benefits can be reaped as a result. While some form of carbon burning fuels will likely be needed to meet demand surges as well as to pick up for the night time needs when solar panels can’t kick into effect, the less reliance on carbon burning fuels the better off we are.
Further, the real benefit to this news is the cost benefits of using wind power as governments will have a real incentive to continue to use it going forward. While Denmark is well situated to take advantage of the resource of wind, the other options for renewable energy benefit other areas. Once these technologies are built out and in place, there is great faith that humans can move beyond fossil fuels and truly capture the awesome power of renewable energy.