Both countries and private users can benefit from clean energy. They not only care for the environment by using clean energy but also to save money.
The world consumes an average of 3000 kWh of electricity per person every year (distributed unevenly between countries that consume 200 and others that consume 15000). Beyond the numbers, behind this is the need to reduce consumption to avoid negative effects on the environment, and to replace the use of non-renewable energy with green energy.
The transition from non-renewable energies to renewable energies is everyone’s job. It is a commitment that governments must make in terms of legislation, large companies (because they are the ones that offer different energy alternatives and also those that consume the most), and finally each user, who makes the decisions at home.
However, many myths circulate behind the adoption of renewable energies. One of them is that green energy is necessarily more expensive than traditional sources.
Today, I’ll explain why renewable energy can be more economical, both at the macro-level (for states and companies) and for individual users, and how each can contribute from his place to this passage.
According to Clean Energy ORG, in some countries, it has already been shown that clean energy can be cheaper. A Latin American example is Uruguay, where generating conventional thermal energy with imported fuels, costs more than the US $110 MWh, while its wind energy costs US $64 MWh. Uruguay’s commitment to clean energy has allowed it to save an enormous amount of money.
Energy prices correspond to the resources each country has. Therefore, a country with abundant hydrocarbon reserves and limited extraction costs will have a lower conventional energy cost than another country without those reserves or with other costs. On the contrary, a country that has natural resources of excellent quality (such as wind and solar) will be able to produce renewable energies more economically than other types of energy.
The passage to clean energy is not only in the hands of the country’s leaders but also of the consumers. In order for there to be renewable energies in a country, greater consumer awareness is necessary in order for this passage to be a viable option.
But, as Clean Energy ORG explains, there are many companies that are analyzing and ensuring higher percentages of clean energy in their supply matrix. According to one businessman: “It is a project that has to make sense from the economic point of view, and also from the cultural point of view”.
We can all do a lot, from small daily behaviors to larger decisions, such as those we make when building or renovating our home.
It is to be hoped that in the near future many more possibilities will open up, such as transforming users into clean energy generators. But, there is already a lot to be done today.
Also, many countries are viewing clean energy as a commitment to sustainability. The signing of the Paris Agreement and its complementary documents by almost 200 countries, is a clear symptom that there is increasing awareness and commitment in this regard, and Latin America can be a relevant actor in this new challenge by incorporating these forms of clean energy.
But there is still a long way to go, and everyone plays a big part in the clean energy movement. From a country’s decision to vote on a law to pass to our decision to choose to vacation in a lodge fed by green energy, or something as small as disconnecting appliances that are not in use, we can all do something to move towards this new paradigm.