One Trillion Watts of Wind and Solar


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There are now one trillion watts of wind and solar installed around the world, according to new figures from BNEF.

It took a few decades to get here, but it’ll only take five years to do it again — and nearly 50 percent cheaper. Now that we’ve reached the terawatt scale, the true acceleration begins.

This week on the podcast, we'll contextualize that landmark for renewables.

Then, we'll discuss Tesla’s privatization debacle. Musk claimed on twitter that he has a plan to take Tesla private. Insiders said he didn’t. The board said it was never notified. Securities lawyers said Musk is flirting with the law. We’ll explain what’s going on.

We end in Germany, where a new commission is planning an end to coal in the country. Can it be a model for other industrialized countries?

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Recommended reading:

  • BNEF: World Reaches 1,000GW of Wind and Solar, Keeps Going
  • New York Times: Tesla Directors, in Damage Control Mode, Want Elon Musk to Stop Tweeting
  • GTM: A Timeline of Tesla's Privatization Saga
  • GTM: German Commission Grapples With an End to Coal: ‘The Biggest Story No One Is Talking About’

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