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Are We at an Inflection Point?
Greg Womack -- Oklahoma Financial Adviser Greg Womack -- Oklahoma Financial Adviser
Oklahoma City, OK
Tuesday, June 25, 2024


The transition to renewable energy has been moving forward and may be reaching an inflection point. In 2023, global renewable energy capacity increased by almost 50 percent, reported the International Energy Agency (IEA). Renewable capacity reached all-time highs in the United States, Europe and Brazil. However, the leader in new capacity is China. In 2023, the country "commissioned as much solar PV [photovoltaic] as the entire world did in 2022," stated the IEA's Renewables 2023 report.

In the United States, solar power is responsible for a relatively small amount (3.9 percent in 2023) of all electricity generated; however, solar is growing faster than any other source of electricity. One reason for the growth is Big Tech companies' commitment to clean energy. Four of the "Magnificent Seven" were responsible for "40% of the demand for large, utility-scale solar projects in the U.S. over the past five years," reported Spencer Kimball and Gabriel Cortés of CNBC. 

"To call solar power's rise exponential is not hyperbole, but a statement of fact. Installed solar capacity doubles roughly every three years, and so grows ten-fold each decade. Such sustained growth is seldom seen in anything that matters. That makes it hard for people to get their heads round what is going on. When it was a tenth of its current size ten years ago, solar power was still seen as marginal even by experts who knew how fast it had grown. The next ten-fold increase will be equivalent to multiplying the world's entire fleet of nuclear reactors by eight in less than the time it typically takes to build just a single one of them," reported The Economist.

The IEA forecasted that by 2028 renewable energy sources will generate more than 42 percent of the world's electricity. Wind and solar PV energy sources are expected to deliver about 25 percent of global electricity.

There are some obstacles to renewable energy growth, though. Current constraints include siting, permitting and grids, reported BloombergNEF. From 2000 to 2018, just 20 percent of U.S. renewable energy projects that sought to be connected to the power grid were actually connected.

"Grids were not originally set up for such a fast-paced energy system; their tools and processes were developed in a slower, less volatile world…[Renewable energy source] infrastructures are already available and rapidly increasing. However, taking advantage of renewables requires a power grid that can accommodate these intermittent energy sources," reported McKinsey & Company's Adam Barth and colleagues.

Last week, major stock market indices finished higher with the Standard & Poor's 500 Index chalking up its 31st record high for 2024 during the week, reported Jacob Sonenshine of Barron's. Many maturities of U.S. Treasury bonds finished this week slightly higher than they ended last week.

For more information on how to be financially prepared, contact our office at (405) 340-1717 or email greg@womackadvisers.com 

Greg Womack

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Edmond, OK 73013

Phone: (405) 340-1717


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