In a more environmentally friendly and healthier world, you can save more.
Use energy more wisely and efficiently, and rely only on clean, renewable and less environmentally damaging energy sources. The question is what concrete steps we can take now to get closer to the world we want to live in.
The Green Sector
The clean energy industry has generated hundreds of billions of economic activities and is expected to continue to increase over the next few years. Countries that invent, produce and export clean energy technologies have great economic opportunities.
The renewable energy resources, including wind, solar, water, bioenergy, geothermal, nuclear and bioenergy, will help in ensuring America’s continued leadership in clean energy.
In coming years, the Energy sector will be shifted toward a cleaner, more domestic and safer energy future.
Green energy is:
- Clean:Green energy, including green electricity, is clean energy. This means that it has little or no environmental impact and does not release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that contribute to global warming like fossil fuels.
- Independency: The various forms of green energy mean that more places on the planet have the potential to harvest this renewable energy. This means that we can collect more energy here in the United States, making countries less dependent on energy from foreign countries.
- Relatively Cheap: Prices continue to fall thanks to economies of scale as demand for green energy continues to grow. Please consider this. Between 2010 and 2012, costs associated with wind power fell by 20% and prices fell by more than 80% since 1980.
- Renewable: Green energy sources eliminate the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These sources are also renewable energy sources. In other words, it was not created from finite materials such as fossil fuels.
- Suitability: You have seen the environmental and financial benefits of turning your home into an eco-friendly home. The good news is that these benefits will increase as green energy continues to gain popularity in the market.
- Variety: A variety of green energy sources include wind, geothermal, hydropower and solar energy. Wind and hydraulic power generate energy through the movement of air and water, and geothermal and solar power generate energy through heat. But they all provide reliable energy and protect the environment.
Benefits of Clean Electricity
The use of clean and renewable resources for electricity generation has both environmental and economic benefits:
- Consists of unlimited renewable sources.
- Does not harm the earth like fossil fuel extraction.
- Does not release carbon dioxide (CO2), mercury, nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2), or particles into the air, water, or soil. Commonly cited effects of these harmful pollutants include climate variability, mercury poisoning, smog, acid rain, and respiratory illness.
- Helps protect the environment for future generations.
- Many forms of renewable energy use little or no water.
- Creates job opportunities in the US green job sector. In 2011, clean energy job creation outnumbered fossil fuel-related jobs by 3-11 times.
- Supports internal energy sources and helps secure the future of American energy.
- Brings development to rural areas where renewable facilities are often deployed to take advantage of large spaces and potential resources.
Go Green – Source of Global Warming
Power generation is the largest source of global warming emissions in the United States. The use of fossil fuels, especially coal, is declining due to the closure of old and inefficient coal-fired power plants.
Today, the country appears to be heading towards a power system dominated by natural gas. Although cleaner than coal, it is still a fossil fuel, producing significant global warming emissions, and poses other health, environmental and economic risks.