March 21st marks National Renewable Energy Day. This day highlights the dangers of over-exploiting fossil fuels and creating awareness about the benefits of using renewable energy sources. In addition, it is essential to recognize and reflect on how everyone’s individual use of energy impacts the world.
Promoting national energy resources is important because the Earth’s resources are not infinite. Some examples of renewable energy sources include solar, wind, hydropower, biofuel and geothermal energy. One of the most significant advantages of using renewable energy is that it does not emit harmful greenhouse gasses into the environment and is produced naturally. As a result, these resources are replenished continually and do not cause harm to our environment.
Renewable energy technologies are vital in counterbalancing the harmful effects caused by climate change. According to the World Health Organization, between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 deaths. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through better transport, food and energy-use choices can improve health, particularly through reduced air pollution. As renewable energy technology advances and becomes more accessible to consumers, we can begin to decrease the planet-warming effects of fossil fuels. The EIA‘s latest data reports that renewable energy sources accounted for approximately 12.4% of U.S. energy consumption and 19.8% of electricity generation.
Energy Independence & Dwindling Resources
The U.S. largely depends on fossil fuels for its energy sources which are unsustainable long-term because it is detrimental to the environment. Achieving energy independence in the U.S. is attainable by accelerating renewable energy technologies. By diversifying our energy sources and increasing green energy, we can free ourselves from the implications of habitual reliance on foreign oil. Experts predict the U.S. only has enough natural gas reserves to last roughly 89 years, making our dependence on fossil fuels untenable.
Consumer Access to Renewable Energy
Not all renewable energy suppliers offer their customers the same pricing and benefits. For example, in states with monopoly utility, consumers are obliged to the rates provided to them if they choose to use green energy products to power their homes. Meanwhile, consumers in states with retail choice benefit from the competing prices and benefits of an energy plan derived from renewable energy.
National and global expansion of clean, sustainable and renewable energy portfolios is the key to resolving issues pertinent to climate change, waning resources and U.S. energy independence. We are on the right path to embrace our future path.