Study Finds NY Can Be 100% Renewable by 2030

New York State could get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and earn back its infrastructure investments in 10 years, according to a study by a team of researchers.

The researchers’ plan calls for 271 GW of energy with a mix of 40% offshore wind, 10% onshore wind, 10% concentrated solar, 10% mega PV plants, 12% commercial and government rooftop solar, 6% small residential PV, 5% geothermal, 1% tidal, 0.5% wave and 5.5% hydroelectric power, the majority of which is already in use.

The benefits of a switch to all renewables are many. With all these systems in place, the study claims energy demand would be cut by about 37%. The drop in emissions would prevent about 4,000 deaths per year and cut the annual cost of pollution by $33 billion.

Since all the energy would be produced within the state, the paper claims the switch would result in a net gain of jobs.

Going a step further, the researchers envision a state where all cars are rechargeable and all heat and hot water also comes from renewable sources like geothermal, solar thermal and electricity-powered heat pumps.

All this sounds to me like a great alternative to hydrofracking.

(h/t Blue & Green Tomorrow)

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  1. […] solar and wind will not be able to supply all of our energy needs (although audience members evoked this recent study which claims otherwise). When asked about the controversial Spectra Energy pipeline that would […]

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