December third I participated in “Isfahan City Renewable Energy Conference” that was held at the Medical University of Isfahan. Speeches and presented information changed my viewpoint about the role of renewable energies in Iran’s future development.
While renewable energies have great benefits for the environment, and investment in this field has been widely welcomed in the world, renewable energies merely cover 0.3 % of Iran’s energy supplies. Because of non-competitive price and high initial investment costs, there is no hope of dramatic change in renewable energy production in the near future.
Even if private sector shows a remarkable growth, it cannot improve the situation of cities; According to the national power network distribution policy, export surplus policy, and the increasing demand, fossil fuel power plants, which are the major contributor to air pollution, will not close. Thus talking about renewable energies is more decorative to enhancing quality of life or preservation of the environment.