Supporting Renewable Technologies and Local Renewable Energy for Your Home and Business
Local renewable energy is defined as energy that is generated from resources within a specific geographical area. These resources can be locally, nationally, or internationally. The movement began about a decade back, leveraging the development and scale-up of solar and wind technologies that evolved worldwide after California was first pioneering offshore wind and solar deployment at the end of the 1980s. The growth since then has been incredible and these technologies have grown to the point where they are now at the forefront of many national and international markets. The reason for this is simple… efficiency.
Today’s economic times have had an enormous impact
on the choices, we make in our daily life. Choosing inefficient energy sources is not only harmful to our pocketbook – it is detrimental to our efforts to protect the environment for future generations. Choosing sustainable and localized energy solutions gives us the ability to take the energy we currently consume and convert it into energy that creates less pollution while allowing for a much more rapid return on investment than the consumption of our current limited supplies of energy supplies would allow. This means far lower energy bills for you, your family, and your business. It also means a cleaner healthier planet for us all.
How does Local Renewable Energy fit into this equation?
The key here is decarbonization. There is a huge need for a complete overhaul of how electricity is produced and delivered. There are many initiatives in place globally to move this initiative forward. Many states and utility companies are leading the way with initiatives similar to California’s “California Clean Energy Mandate” and many other state and utility efforts. However, the federal government needs to step up to ensure all electricity produced is clean and safe.
The Federal Clean Energy Act
is a step in the right direction, but it is far from being enough. As more states look to develop more on-site renewable resources, and as utility companies look for ways to reduce their carbon footprints, the Federal government will need to step up as well. We need a plan from Washington to ensure that all our power plants and hydroelectric dams are running only using clean and reliable technologies. Our fossil fuel resources should not be used to create electricity anymore, and in fact, we should be trying to limit our use of them entirely.
Utilizing Local Renewable Energy for our homes and businesses
is the perfect solution to reducing our dependence on foreign oil and creating a healthier planet for us all. With the cost of oil and natural gas rising, the development of new, more efficient, and more widespread renewable technology on-site and off-site by local governments and utilities are gaining momentum. For example, by the end of this decade, on-site wind and solar power energy projects will provide enough electricity to provide for the entire electricity needs of the city of Fresno, California. And by the mid-2010s, new sustainable energy technologies should be able to provide for the needs of cities like Clarksville, Tennessee; Elko, Nevada; Fresno, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada, the amount of electricity produced by residential wind and solar projects should equal the electricity needs of cities like Tucson, Arizona, or Naperville, Illinois.
How much electricity does your home consume each month?
If it is anything close to what you use, then you are consuming an enormous amount of fossil fuel energy. Should you switch to cleaner, more abundant energy alternatives like wind and/or solar power? The time has arrived for you to start thinking about it. In the words of one environmentalist, “The time for decisive leadership is now.”