Types of Renewable Energy
The energy industry has plenty of confusing, even intimidating, terminology. When it comes to Renewable Energy, however, there’s a clear explanation.
Renewable Energy is a specific type of energy production that uses resources that can be renewed continually. Some of the most popular types include:
- Solar energy: converting the energy of the sun into electricity and heat through solar panels
- Wind energy: using huge turbines to capture moving air for energy
- Hydropower: harnessing moving water to create power
- Geothermal energy: converting the heat created deep in the Earth to energy
- Biomass: capturing the methane gas emitted by decomposing material for energy creation
The specific way that each of these methods use naturally-occurring, non-limited resources to generate energy is what makes them renewable. But this is not the end of the story.
Renewable Energy Solutions
Though you may not live near a wind turbine farm, a hydroplant, or a solar farm, renewable energy is still within reach with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). RECs enable consumers who don’t live near renewable energy plants to still invest in renewable energy.
How can this be? Well, since energy is like flowing water, there is no way to separate what’s renewable with what isn’t in the power lines. That’s where RECs come in. RECs are created for every Megawatt hour of energy produced by renewable generation. Energy providers can purchase RECs on behalf of the consumer.
For more about all the methods used to generate energy, go to www.energy.gov/eere/education/eere-energy-101-video-series.
Renewable Energy and Sustainable Choices
We are limited in the amount of natural resources we have, and this limitation cannot be taken lightly. Utilities, suppliers, and consumers together need to make a change in the way we exist or the future may be very dark—literally.
When you need to consume energy, invest in renewable energy wherever possible. Combine renewable energy with energy-efficient devices like LED bulbs, and your personal impact on the environment will be leaps and bounds better.
Start Using Renewable Energy
Investing in renewable energy is a great way to add sustainability to your daily routine without much work. To learn more about your renewable energy options, check out our go greenTM options. We offer great rates and will help you make the best energy choices for you, your family, and your budget. To see if solar energy is an option for you, check out IGS Solar. The more consumers use renewable energy, the more energy utilities will see their value and, eventually, retire less sustainable methods of generation in place of renewables.