Clean energy is unlimited resources with nearly zero pollution. Clean energy creates electricity by turning energy all around us into usable forms while producing little or no pollution or global warming emissions. The movement of wind and water, the heat and light of the sun, warmth in the ground, carbohydrates in plants — these are all natural energy sources that can supply electricity in a sustainable way.
Manmade emissions increase the temperature of the planet. Our air, water, and environment are harmed by pollutants like mercury, arsenic, and sulfur dioxide, and electricity production is a major reason why. Power generation from coal and other fossil fuels produces more than a third of U.S. global warming emissions, contributes significantly to air pollution, and has costly and adverse effects on public health.
Renewable energy technologies generate electricity with almost no pollution or carbon emissions and have the potential to significantly reduce our reliance on coal and other fossil fuels. By expanding renewable energy, we can improve air quality, reduce global warming emissions, create new industries and jobs, and move America toward a cleaner, safer, and affordable energy future.
Electricity can be generated from a range of sustainable resources, but wind, hydroelectric, and biomass currently account for the majority of renewable energy production. Each source of energy comes with its own set of technologies, benefits, and limitations. This diversity of energy sources makes clean energy applicable for almost every business type.
Together, if we pursue clean energy solutions here in America, clean energy could reliably provide up to 40 percent of U.S. electricity needs by 2030.