Sometimes wind and solar power produce more electricity than the local grid can handle. Better energy storage and transmission could move extra energy to where it’s needed instead of shutting it off.
The process of manufacturing gallium-doped solar panels was under a patent until last year. It’s only now that this method has started to pick up steam.
The socio-economic and political factors that keep conventional energy out of reach of the poor can do the same with renewable energy.
The US electricity grid is actually five regional grids, and it’s hard to share power between them. A macrogrid could bridge the gaps, making electricity cheaper and more reliable.
Ramping up fossil power sources is no longer a good option in an energy-supply crisis. Bring in the weather forecasters.
Electricity is only one part of the green energy puzzle we need to solve.
Consumers can play their part in reducing carbon emissions by choosing to shift their energy use to when renewable generation is at its daily peak.
Those endless cups of tea while working from home are unlikely to add much to your electricity bill. But coronavirus poses other problems for the electricity sector.
Effective engineering solutions to tackle climate change already exist but there is a desperate lack of conviction to address the emergency.