Plunging temperatures, higher prices: Why renewables could be the answer | Five for the Weekend

Plunging temperatures, higher prices: Why renewables could be the answer | Five for the Weekend

Commentary Unlike natural gas, clean energy sources do not suffer from wild price fluctuations, an advocate argues (Image from Flickr Commons) Happy Weekend, All. It’s Capital-Star Editor-in-Chief John L. Micek , subbing in for Associate Editor Cassie Miller , who’s taking some well-deserved time off. I’ll be your host this week and next for the Friday Five . With Thanksgiving just a few days away, and the holiday season creeping up on us with astonishing speed, it won’t be too long now before we’re all breaking out the winter coats, and setting our thermometers higher (if some among us have not done that already). Those plunging temperatures will also bring with them pricier utility bills (especially this year), since most of us get our heat and power from electrical and natural gas sources. But as one environmental advocate argues, this also might be the time to give some serious thought to switching over to such renewable sources as wind and solar energy. Why? The bottom line: clean energy sources do not suffer from wild price fluctuations, Mandy Warner , of the Environmental Defense Fund , argues in a recent blog post . Citing data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) , Warner points out that households that “primarily use natural gas for space heating will spend an average of 30% more on heating this winter than last year. That’s a big deal for Pennsylvania “where over half of households use natural gas to heat their homes, and […]

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