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The Business Case for Renewable Energy: a Cost-Benefits Analysis

The debate in the renewable energy sector re. cost vs. benefits has taken an unforeseen turn. As part of the U.K.’s national discussion about its membership in the E.U., Business for Britain claims that EU rules mandating the use of renewable energy may have cost Britain up to $156.5 billion dollars. It’s a fact that European businesses now pay twice as much for electricity than companies in the U.S., according to Bloomberg. While both the U.K. and EU are already working toward getting 20 percent of their energy from renewables by 2020, the EC has recently proposed a new energy and climate strategy by which member nations will increase energy savings by 30 percent by 2030, reduce greenhouse gases by 40 percent, and increase the amount of renewable energy consumption to 27 percent. The sticking  point? A projected high cost. Unless benefits show up better at the bottom line, the U.K. could balk at continued participation in the ambitious effort to grow renewables.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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