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)