03/04/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/05/2021 02:20
It's easy to get confused talking about clean, renewable, and green energy. The terms are often used interchangeably, but they don't always have the same meaning. While there is a lot of overlap, subtle differences can have an effect on the environment and government credits for production.
To fully understand the differences between clean and renewable energy, you need to know what the terms mean. This way you know you're using clean renewable energy and reducing your carbon footprint.
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Clean energy is defined as energy that releases minuscule or zero amounts of radiation, carbon dioxide, and chemical contaminants into the atmosphere and soil according to NCSEA. Examples of clean energy sources include wind and solar energy that do not emit pollutants into the environment.
Like wind-produced power, solar energy is also clean. Power is generated by sunlight without emissions. Both are clean energy sources, along with geothermal, hydro, and biomass but it doesn't automatically mean that these sources are renewable. This is why you don't want to use the terms interchangeably unless you know that your clean energy is also renewable.
Renewable energy is in theory inexhaustible. It means that there is a continual source of energy. However, renewable energy isn't always clean. Some renewable energy sources do emit pollutants over the threshold of what is considered 'clean'.
It often depends on state legislation on whether a renewable energy source meets the parameters to also be considered clean power. For example, as of summer 2019, the majority of U.S. states have a 'renewable portfolio standard' in place, but not all of them require clean energy sources. There is currently no federal standard in place to unite policy conditions.
The cleanest renewable energy source is a tie between solar, wind, and geothermal heat. Smaller hydro plants also produce clean, renewable energy. It's the larger hydro plants that can emit pollutants that limit it to being only renewable, instead of clean energy.
Unlike clean energy types that produce little to zero emissions into the environment, green energy does release a small amount of pollution. Compared to fossil fuels like coal, the greenhouse gases are negligible, but there can still be an effect on the environment.
Due to the low amount of radiation, gas, and other containments, green energy does not threaten animals and plants with loss of habitat or extinction. Even though clean energy is the best way to counteract pollution, climate change, and possible species extinction, using green energy is a step towards lowering your impact on the environment.
Not only is wind energy clean, but it's also sustainable. The same also applies to solar power. Sustainable energy is power that automatically renews. The supplies can't be depleted no matter how much energy is uses. Wind will continue to turn the turbines, and the sun will provide solar energy as long as it produces light. Sustainable energy can keep the power flowing for generations.
Other sustainable energy sources include tidal and geothermal energy. These are also considered clean sources if production doesn't emit pollutants into the environment.
Some people also consider nuclear power a sustainable energy source. There is more nuclear power available than humans can ever use during their existence. However, the supply of nuclear energy is exhaustible. There is a finite amount even if it is never completely used up.
Renewable, green, and sustainable energy can all be considered clean energy sources if only a minuscule amount of containments are released into the air, soil, and water. Ideally, clean energy emits zero pollutants. Learn more about this on the Energy.gov website.
Some examples of clean energy include,
Clean energy will be a major part of the future. With incentives being given by state and federal governments to companies that create and use clean, renewable energy it makes sense to look at these alternative sources of energy.
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