In recent years, renewable energy (aka, green energy) has pretty much become a buzzword. From green energy technology initiatives to the Green New Deal, the ‘global green energy rush’ is skyrocketing.
Our primary sources of energy, fossil fuels, are running out, and burning them causes pollution (greenhouse gas emissions) — a leading cause of global warming.
Extracting fossil fuels, through mining and drilling have serious consequences for our environment and health. That’s why new forms of clean energy are emerging to help us reduce our dependence on ‘dirty energy’ sources.
You may have heard of this green energy movement, but you may also be wondering what exactly is renewable energy, and more importantly — why should you care?
What is renewable energy?
TL;DR: Renewable energy is clean energy that comes from natural resources, such as the sun, wind, and water (think: solar, wind, and hydro energy).
Why is it better?
First off, with renewable energy, we never need to worry about things like the sun and wind running out like fossil fuels will. Plus, they have far fewer negative consequences for our environment, since they can replace fossil fuels.
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), if 80% of the US’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2050, we can reduce emissions by around 81%.