The Future for Renewable Energy

Renewable energy has many advantages that will help to maintain and expand its place in world energy supply:

• Renewable energy resources are enormous—hundreds of times beyond the needs of world energy consumption in 2000.

• Advances in technologies are reducing manufacturing costs and increasing system efficiencies, thereby reducing the cost of energy from renewable resources.

• Negative environmental and health impacts of renewable energy use are much fewer than those of fossil fuels and nuclear power.

• Many renewable energy technologies can produce energy at the point of use, allowing homeowners, businesses, and industry to produce their own power.

• There is strong support for renewable energy from people around the world.

• Many governments have programs that support renewable energy use to limit the emission of greenhouse gases and thereby reduce the threat of global warming.

As fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas become scarce, they will become more expensive. Some experts believe that demand for oil will exceed production capability within the next twenty years.

Using energy conservatively and efficiently, no matter how it is produced or where it comes from, is the most economical way to consume energy. Simply turning off lights and computers when they are not in use can save an individual household or business money and reduce the environmental impact associated with producing electricity.

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act


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