Human activity is overloading our atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other global warming emissions, which trap heat, steadily drive up the planet’s temperature, and create significant and harmful impacts on our health, our environment, and our climate.
The concept of obtaining energy from renewable sources has some powerful appeal these days. Unfortunately, obtaining those resources is definitely a lot more expensive. In fact, some of the resources are intermittent and can lead to more problems. But it doesn’t mean that we just lose hope on finally being able to use energy from sources that no longer will run out.
Anyway, let’s talk about the potential and realities of renewable energy as we get closer to realizing its widespread use.
Renewable energy is actually competitive
You may not believe it, but renewable energy has become cheaper. A good example is the solar developers from California that signed a contract for power that is priced way below the projected price of natural gas. Moreover, wind power developers have gone through lengths to sign long-term agreements with different entities, the purpose of which is to provide 3 cents a kilowatt-hour charge, something that’s way cheaper than any other existing power source.
Renewable energy production creates more jobs when compared to fossil fuels
A recent national study revealed that job creation in clean energy Innovations outperforms fossil fuels by a ratio of 3:1. This suggests that for every dollar that is put into clean and renewable energy, there is a creation of jobs three more times than what oil or gas industries create for the same amount. Likewise wind energy industry is responsible for creating over 75,000 jobs. That number can even grow bigger if twenty percent of our energy is transitioned to wind source.
The fact is renewable energy has what it takes to improve grid quality
Texas in 2011 almost got itself into a power emergency due to failing power plants; buy catastrophe was prevented because the state saw the potential of building wind farms to provide a practical power alternative source.
To add to that, the world can actually reach a certain point wherein the energy we use will come from renewable sources, thereby preventing or minimizing the negative impact on electric grid reliability. Several nations are already developing ways to use renewable energy sources, and the thing is they’re really successful in it. Denmark for instance is already getting more than 20% of its electricity from renewable energy Inventions.
Renewable energy is the clean form of energy and also its sustainable!
Renewable energy is a form of clean energy that is provided by natural sources present in nature. The main forms of renewable energy are: solar, wind, hydro, biofuel and geothermal (energy derived from heat generated under the earth’s surface) and these sources are all continually replenished!
The power of renewable energy
One wind turbine can produce enough electricity to power up to 300 homes!
If it could be properly harnessed, there’s enough sunlight that falls on the earth in just one hour to meet the world’s energy demands for a whole year! Our whole energy problem would be solved if we could somehow find a way to harness solar energy more efficiently.
Unlike fossil fuels, renewable sources of energy like hydropower, wind, and solar do not directly emit greenhouse gases. Did you know? Scientists believe that greenhouse gasses are the culprits behind global warming.
Surveys show the world’s resource base for geothermal energy is larger than the resource base for coal, oil, gas, and uranium combined. Let’s use this fact to raise awareness and action.
Biomass is currently the largest U.S. renewable energy source with more than 200 existing plants providing electricity for 1.5 million American homes.
The way forward
To conclude, we can rightfully say that any investment made in renewable energy will be considered as cost-effective. In America, five states that lead the race in the wind and solar energy integration are seeing the lowest increase in electricity prices since 2005. While most other states experienced an average increase of 1.8 cents, the five states enjoyed a slight increase of 1.35 cents on average.
Is renewable energy the game changer to a world so dependent on fossil fuels? We think so. Many others also believe that the full-fledged switch to renewable energy is coming and it’s only a matter of time before the global energy market is dominated by renewable energy choices. We’re hopeful! Our planet’s future and well-being depend on it!