It should be a golden moment for renewable energy. It is not.
It should be a golden moment for renewable energy.  It is not.

It should be a golden moment for renewable energy. It is not.

April 22 is Earth Day. Crude oil is over $ 100 per barrel. barrel, none wants to pay Vladimir Putin for gas longer, and three-quarters of Americans now believe that climate change is at least in part caused by humans. Good time for the solar industry, right?

“This has been an incredibly frustrating few months in the solar industry,” said Abigail Hopper, head of the Solar Energy Industries Association.

The Ministry of Commerce is investigating whether solar panels imported from Southeast Asia have ties to Beijing and therefore need tariffs retroactively.

“Panels that you’ve bought and maybe even ship to the US while we’re talking, now you do not know what they’ll cost when they get here,” Hopper said.

The trade war between the United States and China causing solar projects to be delayed or canceled, she said.

Wind power is also vulnerable to global supply chain problems, according to Greg Wetstone, president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy.

“A wind turbine is a really complex device with thousands and thousands of parts. Some of these parts are not manufactured here, ”he said.

Those parts can get stuck in Chinese ports shut down due to COVID-19 (right next to the furniture you ordered back in February).

A more persistent problem is lack of infrastructure connecting wind farms to transmission lines, Wetstone said. “The financing is ready, the location is ready. It’s all put together, and we can not get that power online. “

Rising energy prices have renewed interest in new nuclear technology, especially in Europe, said John Kotek, senior vice president of policy development and public affairs at the Nuclear Energy Institute.

“An iron and steel company in Poland is working with U.S. developers of small modular reactors to bring their technology to help decarbonize their supply,” Kotek said.

Of course them pictures of a Ukrainian nuclear power plant on fire will probably not make Americans feel more comfortable with the idea.

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