Wind and Solar Carry Higher Megawatt Prices


Economic Policies for the 21st Century recently published a lengthy article titled America Should Avoid Germany’s Failed Energy Policy. Found an interesting price comparison of renewable energy vs standard forms.

These problems with green energy help to explain why only 4 percent of U.S. energy comes from wind and solar. Data from the Energy Information Agency show that, for plants entering service in 2019, levelized wind power costs will be between $64 and $175 per megawatt. Solar power will cost between $155 and $195 per megawatt. For comparison, conventional natural gas fired plants produce energy at a levelized cost of $14 per megawatt. Nuclear comes in at $71 per megawatt, comparable with efficient wind farms. The costs to consumers from renewable energy mandates are even higher when tax incentives are included.