Afternoon TEA: One hundred percent renewable energy “defies the laws of physics”
- 1,600 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar capacity—more than 11 times the U.S.’s current capacity—would have to be added, at a cost of around $1.5 trillion.
- 900 GW of energy storage—900 times more than is currently installed—would be necessary to compensate for when the weather is not conducive to wind and solar, at a cost of $4 trillion.
- 200,000 miles of high voltage transmission to get wind and solar energy to major metropolitan areas would cost another $700 billion.
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