What is Renewable Power?
Renewable energy is a fast-growing sector of the energy industry, but renewables are as old as the sun, the wind, the waves and other of the earth’s natural replenishable energy resources.
Fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal are finite, nonrenewable resources. And they are “dirty” carbon-based resources that when extracted can be environmentally destructive and when burned for energy, emit harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Renewable forms of energy produce little to no air pollution or greenhouse gases.
As wind and solar technologies have improved, their energy costs have decreased and consumer desire for “clean” energy has increased. In 2019, 17 percent of U.S. electricity generation was from renewables. In Texas last year, wind power contributed 24.8 percent and solar contributed 3.8 percent of power to the electricity grid.