Economic Benefits of Renewables

It is estimated that to meet the global climate change targets, we will need to invest approx $320 billion a year
between 2020 and 2050, but the benefits would far outweigh the costs.

Whether we like it or not, the economy dictates our lives. It determines the value of our pound, the number of jobs available to the citizens of our cities, the interest rates we pay, and how much we can get away with spending.

Naturally, larger organisations with significant energy usage, stand to gain even more from solar energy, which is why there is a lot of interest among corporate customers at the moment. EnviroTech can play the role of a technology partner and help organisations reduce their dependence on the grid.

For many years, environmentalists have argued for the adoption of renewable energy as a replacement for fossil fuel energy resources. Today governments are singing the same tune simply because it makes good business sense. it is estimated a conversion from fossil fuels to renewables would add $1.3 trillion to the global economy each year.

  

The renewable energy industry supports jobs

Renewable energy development is relatively more labour intensive, so it creates more jobs per pound invested than fossil fuel resources.  On average Renewable energy is creating jobs 12x faster than the rest of the economy, which is evidenced by the fact that the Renewable sector is the fastest-growing sector on the planet. The renewable energy industry has already created 9.6million jobs globally in development, technology, manufacturing, construction, installation, and sales. This number is expected to grow to 24 million by 2030. 

 

Renewable energy projects promote investment in the UK economy

 In 2016 the renewable sector attracted £22.2 billion of investment into the UK, making it 4th in the world in terms of investment into renewables. 
 Perhaps overlooked sometimes, is an economic theory called the ‘multiplier effect’ or commonly known as the ripple effect. This states that a single expenditure in an economy can have repercussions throughout the entire economy, much like ripples spreading across a pond. The multiplier is a measure of how much additional economic activity is generated from an initial expenditure. To highlight this, a research study was carried out in Ohio at a local goods store, and they concluded in that particular place every $1.00 spent in the local store generated a further $1.90 of economic activity in the local economy. This occurs as the pound is re-spent; the store pays its employees, who purchase more goods, all with the same original Pound. 

 

Whilst accurately predicting the multiplier effect for an entire economy is a lot more complicated (if not impossible), the principle still holds true. Therefore, in theory, the £22.2 billion of investment could be worth £64.38 billion. Fossil fuels cannot make this claim, quite simply because we are a net importer of fossil fuels so the money to purchase these goes abroad where the exporting companies benefit.

 

Stability of pricing

Even though oil, coal, and gas are trading a lot lower than their highs. It is the volatility of fossil fuels that is the real crux of the problem. In the last 10 years, oil has traded as low as $28 per barrel and as high as $140 per barrel. That is $112 per barrel difference. The problem with this is that we have no influence on these price movements, and they can have a massive impact on the economy. Volatility can be caused by many things, Wars, Embargos, Policy changes, Supply, and Demand. What’s more, its highly probable that the frequency of such invents will increase as the finite resources diminish.  

 

A further benefit is that the fuel to generate electricity is free, unlike fossil fuels. This means that once the initial investment has been recuperated, other than maintenance the cost is free. 

 

Access to power

It is estimated that around 1.2 billion people live without electricity, this is due to the fact that fossil fuels require an enormous infrastructure to be economical, you cannot simply build a viable coal plant for a village of 200 people that is 100 miles from the nearest grid connection as it is too expensive. However, renewables fix this problem, the implementation of solar panels can provide a simple cost-effective solution the can also make a dramatic impact to people’s lives – These development are known as ‘off-the-grid’ systems as they do not require connection to the national network and are self-sufficient.

 

Security and reliability of power

The National Grid was designed and built to have a nominal amount of very large power plants. Whilst when it was designed this was the most cost-effective, efficient methodology to implement there are shortcomings with this way of doing things. Firstly, the risk of power outages is much greater when you are reliant on only a small number of production units rather than many. There are several examples of this: - 

 

 

The ramifications of these power outages can have a huge impact on the population and the economy. Renewables alters this scenario, being able to build out a larger number of smaller power units, placed in more strategic locations can significantly reduce this risk.

 

The voters want renewable Energy

Despite what you hear from political ideologues and read about in the news.  People want more homegrown, renewable, clean energy. They want this not only because it will make the air they breathe cleaner, but because they know that competition for their money is a good thing and that economic growth will come with the continued growth of a homegrown industry.

 

The Military loves it

Soldiers and sailors are already fans. In the U.S. The Department of Defences’ clean energy investments increased 300 percent between 2006 and 2009, from $400 million to $1.2 billion. They are projected to eclipse $10 billion annually by $2030. Why? Because sun and wind – not gas stations - can be found deep in the Afghani Mountains, in the Iraq desert, and on the high seas. When combined with brilliant new battery technologies that store energy when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining our military has the energy and fuel it needs wherever it goes – rather than waiting for huge, vulnerable tanker convoys. 

 

Huge fuel savings

 It is estimated that to meet the global climate change targets, we will need to invest approx $320 billion a year between 2020 and 2050, but the benefits would far outweigh the costs.  

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The companies’ objective will be to deliver Green energy solutions across the sectors listed. Using innovative and bespoke technology, we aim to reduce electricity spend, reduce Carbon Footprint and help future-proof building stock across the UK and Europe. We work exclusively with renewable energy solutions that best suit the specific needs of the clients and sectors we operate in.

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A study by Stanford researchers found that most countries already have the technology and capabilities to go 100% renewable by 2050.

A study by Stanford researchers found that most countries already have the technology and capabilities to go 100% renewable by 2050.

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