Energy generation by fossil fuels is one of the leading contributors to global CO2 emissions which lead to climate change. The push towards renewable energy sources is a necessity of our time.
Renewable Energy has started making its mark on the energy production industry already, and the future is full of hope. Brazil has recently recorded just 5.4% of its total energy was produced with fossil fuels in the first quarter of 2023, compared to 10% in the first quarter of 2022.
Energy production in Brazil is being forefronted by its Hydroelectricity plants, with the wind energy and solar energy industries taking huge strides to overtake fossil fuels. Brazil has lowered its emissions from the energy industry by 29% in Q1 2023 compared to Q1 2022 (3.7 million tonnes of CO2). This reduction in emissions does not mean that Brazil is generating less energy, in fact, Brazil has generated 4 terawatt hours more energy in the same time.
The United Kindom has also empowered its wind power as it is now the majority source of electricity in the country. Roughly 33% of the country’s energy requirements were fulfilled by its wind farms, and April saw a record output from solar energy.
The UK aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2035 at least in its energy sector. This goal is a steep one, but natural gas not being the major contributor to the country’s electricity is a good first sign towards achieving carbon neutrality.
Spain experienced a taste of bliss for about 9 hours on May 16th when the country’s green energy sources like wind, solar, and hydropower produced more power than the country required. An energy surplus like this has happened in the past on days when energy consumption is low. However, this event occurred for the longest time on record, in the middle of the day between 10 am and 7 pm, on a typical working day when energy consumption is highest.
Even Finland has been generating so much clean energy that energy prices fell below zero. This doesn’t mean that the citizens of Finland were paying nothing, or even getting paid to consume electricity. People pay a markup on the electricity and often pay agreed rates for power instead of the raw market price. The drop in energy prices was driven by Finnish people consuming less electricity due to an overall energy crisis all across Europe.
Renewable energy sources like wind, solar, hydro, and nuclear are our only hope towards a future even existing. Climate change is worsening each day and It will not heal if we continue exploiting nature for the profits of corporations and their owners. Changes need to be made and they need to be made now. Nature will heal itself, but if we leave it to heal on its own, we will not survive.