The concept of renewable energy has always been thrown around. Just what is it, exactly? Join us as we delve a bit deeper into the concept that has so many vested in its application. The world is warm and it’s only getting warmer. Experts say that this is because we keep burning fossil fuels. Oil, which contains fossil fuel and the subsequent emissions, are responsible for a rapid decline in our planet’s health. It also does not help that this is a limited resource. This means that prices get driven up as the supply dwindles.
This means that more and more of us cannot afford to pay for the energy we consume. This also means that there is a need for an alternative source of energy.
What is renewable energy?
This concept refers to any energy that is harvested from renewable sources. Emphasis must be placed on the fact that these resources naturally replenish over time. Perfect examples of renewable energy are: wind, geothermal heat, sunlight, and rain. There are many other examples but are still subject to research.
What benefits are there from using renewable energy?
Studies have shown that our activities and existence have placed a significant strain on the planet that we live in. The sheer amount of carbon dioxide produced on a daily basis, coupled with other global warming emissions, drive up the temperature of our planet.
The production of energy is responsible for much of the emissions that harm our environment. Down the line, it’s going to hurt us—big time.
Renewable energy prevents that from happening. There are little no emissions when renewable energy is used. If our carbon emissions are severely limited by turning to renewable energy, our planet can be given a chance to bounce back from global warming.
Jobs are created
If Europe gets massive support for renewable energy, the jobs it can create is incredibly substantial. On a global scale, over 7 million jobs are linked to renewable energy industries. With such a figure at the bare minimum application of renewable energy, consider the implications if it becomes the preferred source of energy.
There is no short supply
Unlike oil and fossil fuels, renewable energy makes use of naturally occurring and naturally replenishing resources. An issue with most nations is the rising cost of energy. It simply is no longer affordable for some.
In the rules of commerce, if the supply is low but demand is high, the prices are high. If something so readily available is made the primary source of energy, what are the odds that power costs would still be high?
What is the problem?
There are policies that hinder the mass usage of renewable energy. As there is very little support for its application and installation, initial costs can be high. However, the long-term benefits of it cannot be emphasized enough.
This is why a lot of European agencies are galvanizing together to put renewable energy into the international spotlight. Let’s hope they succeed.