Renewable Energy 101

Why Renewable Energy?

Electricity generation is the leading cause of industrial air pollution in the U.S. Most of our electricity comes from coal, nuclear, and other non-renewable power plants.

Renewable energy sources can be used to produce electricity with fewer environmental impacts. It is possible to make electricity from renewable energy sources without producing CO2, the leading cause of global climate change.

Diversifying energy supply and reducing dependence on imported fuels creates economic and environmental benefits, generating energy that produces no greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and reduces some types of air pollution.

The decarbonization imperative is moving the electricity sector toward the goal of net zero emissions with a massive increase in renewable energy.

So what is renewable energy?

With the promise of a clean energy future, renewable energy is sustainable energy derived from natural resources that replenish themselves over a period of time without depleting the Earth’s resources. These resources also have the benefit of being abundant, available in some capacity nearly everywhere, and they cause little, if any, environmental damage, unlike fossil fuels. Energy from the sun, wind, and thermal energy stored in the Earth’s crust are examples.

As renewable use continues to grow, the key goal in implementing renewable energy is to modernize electricity grids for safe and secure clean energy generation for the future.