Definition of Renewable Energy and Power By A New York Electric Company
"Going green" has a lot to do with recycling, or reusing what's already within the cycle of consumption. In years past this word tended to have a strict use for eco-friendly activities, such as separating garbage, administering papier-mâché, or growing tulips in a garden urn formerly used as a bathroom appliance. Now the heat is really on to find ways to save energy. Concerns over depleting resources compounded with a heavy global reliance on fossil fuels has encouraged environmental activists, government officials, and citizens alike to turn to both public and private energy sectors to work out a plan that can change how our current energy spending habits affect the planet's supply of natural resources and the quality of life for future generations.
Although fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, and petroleum are still the primary energy sources in the U.S, the growing trend is for consumers to request that their energy supply be generated by renewable resources such as wind and solar energy. Many utility companies now have renewable energy plans, and some states such as New York have adopted free-market energy policies that allow consumers to switch from their primary energy provider to an ESCO, many of which tout renewable energy. Signs that many communities are opening up to renewable sources are widespread. Local municipalities are investigating biofuels for mass transit (busses), solar panels for commercial and residential electricity as well as wind turbine technology to deliver the power of the 21st century.
Along with solar power, wind power, and biofuels made from biomass, other renewable sources include hydrogen, geothermal energy, tidal electricity, and hydropower. They are renewable because, unlike fossil fuels, which are limited to organic material that takes ages to evolve, they come, directly or indirectly, from sustainable places like the sun, heat within the earth, and/or fresh organic matter. Water is a major component in tidal electricity and hydroelectricity, which are renewable because water that flows through turbines is not altered in the process.