Renewable energy is energy produced from sources like the sun and wind that are naturally replenished and do not run out. Renewable energy can be used for electricity generation, space and water heating and cooling, and transportation.

Non-renewable energy, in contrast, comes from finite sources that could get used up, such as fossil fuels, like coal and oil.

Types of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy sources, such as biomass, geothermal resources, sunlight, water, and wind, are natural resources that can be converted into these types of clean, usable energy:

  • Bioenergy 
  • Geothermal Energy 
  • Hydrogen 
  • Hydropower 
  • Solar Energy 
  • Wind Energy 

Benefits of Renewable Energy

The advantages of renewable energy are numerous and affect the economy, environment, national security, and human health. Here are some of the benefits of using renewable energy :

  • Enhanced reliability, security, and resilience of the nation’s power grid
  • Job creation throughout renewable energy industries 
  • Reduced carbon emissions and air pollution from energy production
  • Increased country energy independence
  • Increased affordability, as many types of renewable energy are cost-competitive with traditional energy sources
  • Expanded clean energy access for non-grid-connected or remote communities( as islanded communities).

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