Al Fin Energy provides us with the follow facts on the cost of generating electricity in the United States by source.

Generation cost per kilowatt hour:

Natural gas: 3.5-4.5 cents
Coal: 4-5 cents
Hydro: 4 cents
Nuclear: 8 cents
Wind: 7-9 cents*
Solar: 15-50 cents

* Of course wind is not available on demand, and the capacity factor is only between 20% and 30% at best. Most wind occurs at other than peak demand times, making wind less than worthless.

Question: Why as a country are we investing billions of dollars in the most expensive option (solar) and ignoring the cheapest (natural gas), especially when the U.S. is the “Saudi Arabia of natural gas”




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