A Look at the New Energy Policy in the United States
When most people think about energy, they envision their own home, and their use of energy as a way to heat their homes, cook their meals and keep their homes comfortable. They do not realize that most of our energy use today goes far beyond this. Energy consumption includes power plants that generate electricity and gas as well as furnaces that heat water and produce steam for our homes. In addition to these power plants, many people do not realize that our energy use includes all of the things that make up our appliances. It would be impossible to consume all of the energy used in our world today if we did not have electricity and gas flowing through our power plants, factories, mines, and water treatment plants.
Renewable energy has become the lowest-cost alternative in the energy industry.
Switching over to renewable energy is no brainier. Geothermal energy is powering homes and businesses all over the world; geothermal fuels such as wood, gas, coal, and sugar cane are being harvested from beneath the Earth’s surface. Geothermal heating systems using wood and paper towels are also becoming commonplace.
The development of science and technology has opened up many new energy resources.
Among the most promising are solar, wave, and geothermal technologies. All three of these energy resources are quickly becoming mainstream as more people begin to realize the importance of preserving them.
As the cost of energy increases
the government has implemented several policies that promote energy efficiency. One such policy called net metering allows electric companies to sell excess electricity produced by their facilities to the consumer. This has resulted in dramatic increases in both residential and commercial electricity rates. In response to the need for cleaner energy and to encourage utility companies to use less non-renewable resources, the government has established several competitive auctions for surplus electricity.
The administration has also developed several programs
to improve our nation’s environmental performance. These include the Climate Action Plan, Energy Star, and the Efficient Home Energy Rating program (EPER). These three initiatives are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pollution, and increase energy efficiency. The first initiative of the new administration focuses on increasing the use of biofuels. Biofuels offer a clean-burning fuel with limited emissions and can be used in place of petroleum-based fuels.
The second initiative of the new administration encourages utility companies
to utilize “green” sources of electricity such as wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower. These alternative forms of energy are becoming more popular with each passing day. While hydropower is still relatively new to the American power sector, geothermal power is making strides forward as well. Both sources are increasing in popularity and are expected to play an increasingly significant role in the energy sector in the next decade.