3 Factors Holding Back Renewable Energy

While renewable energy still has a long way to traverse before it competes on an apples-to-apples basis with hydrocarbon-based fuels, plenty of inroads have been built. Still, Southern  (NYSE: SO  ) CEO Tom Fanning recently outlined three limitations with renewable energy. Holding back the sector are long distances from demand centers, intermittent supply, and government subsidies.  

Some recent players in the solar industry are working to solve the first problem, but more uncertainty surrounds the later two. Check out the following video for more insight into the future sustainability of renewable energy sources. 

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  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2013, at 4:36 PM, brookarcher wrote:

    Perfect storm for investing. Uncertainty keeping stock prices of renewables down, yet, we all know renewables are the future. Follow Warren Buffett's strategies, when other's are selling, you've got to be buying. Now's the perfect time to get invested in renewables while they're inexpensive. Westinghouse Solar just started a bottom bounce correction Friday. Looking for a large upside gain this week. (WEST) $WESt.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2013, at 6:15 PM, agsb2 wrote:

    There are 4 things holding back renewable energy and this is a biggie. It is contrary to a law of thermodynamics which says energy cannot be created. Unlike the laws of Washington, this law has no exceptions, either they work for everybody or they work for no one. Prove that this law is wrong and you will win the Nobel prize and be proclaimed the greatest scientist in the world.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2013, at 7:04 PM, Bascombpchurch wrote:

    The underlying reason for alternative energy is to mitigate global warming AKA climate change, by halting the march of atmospheric CO2 to 450 ppm. We are now at 400ppm and adding 2 ppm per year. ALL the efforts of the USA to substitute alternative energy sources for fossil sources are not gonna do it. Such efforts are SWAMPED by the CO2 emissions from China, India and the developing world. We here in the USA are wasting time, money and effort chasing the impossible. we ought better be spending time, money and effort preparing for the consequences of warming!

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2013, at 11:22 PM, ershler wrote:


    WTF; photovoltaics use quantum mechanics, hydro and solar covert kinetic energy into electrical energy and the other renewables follow the same thermodynamic laws as fossil fuels. Renewable energy doesn't claim to create energy; they get it from the Sun just like fossil fuels; except for geothermal that gets energy from the Earth's core.

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