A panel of energy experts expressed optimism that renewable sources can contribute to 50% of electricity production in the next 25 years. At the AAAS annual meeting in Vancouver, the session on a smarter electricity grid discussed both policy and technological challenges of improving delivery of power.
The panel focused on the technical challenges of reducing wasted electricity and anticipating future needs. However there appeared to be a consensus that the while the technological challenges were difficult, the policy would be the main driver in improving the grid and transitioning to renewable energy. If there is not a public and political will for cleaner and more efficient energy sources, there will be a continued reliance on fossil fuels, which are currently the cheapest source of power.