Myth: “Renewable energy is too unreliable…Reliance on wind energy caused the South Australia blackout this year…And if we get a cloudy and windless day, we’ll have no electricity.”
Research consistently shows that renewable energy is reliable and capable of providing baseload power. The key is to get a mix of renewable sources, including wind, solar, hydro and geothermal. It’s also important to remember that, even on a cloudy day, solar energy can still be generated.
We already generate enough renewable electricity to power almost 4 million homes. Austria generates 68 per cent of its total electricity from renewable sources, while Sweden generates 67 per cent of its electricity from renewables.
The South Australian blackouts, in September 2016, were not caused by renewable energy sources, but by damage done to the poles and wires. The heavy winds were so strong they caused the transmission lines to fall (just take a look at the image below). In other words, renewable energy was not the reason the network failed.
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Baseload power is a myth - even intermittent renewables will work
No renewable energy didn't cause South Australia's blackout