All energy is subsidized. No energy technology has been developed and competitive without state support. Traditional fossil fuels have been subsidized for up to 100 years. Despite the growth in low carbon sources of energy, fossil fuels remain dominant in the global energy mix, supported by subsidies that amounted to $523 billion in 2011, up almost 30% on 2010 and six times more than subsidies to renewables.
Wind energy has become a mainstream technology and is already cheaper in Australia and Brazil than conventional energy sources. Wind power is already directly competitive with conventional energy sources in many markets around the world, such as Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and parts of China and the US.
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