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Understanding Renewable Energy Sources

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The United States is a leading energy consumer for both domestic and industrial purposes. This means that energy sources and technology are constantly changing to meet the high demand. With such a large-scale energy consumption, Atlantic Energy wants to ensure that clean and environmentally responsible energy is being produced.

That is why Atlantic Energy stands out and raises the bar in promoting energy efficiencies to reduce the energy used in the production of products and services.

Atlantic Energy is working to reduce electrical consumption on a large scale with our LED lighting Program. It essentially involves encouraging our customers to revert from the old school lighting system of incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs to a more energy-conscious solution.

At Atlantic Energy, we feel that we have the responsibility of creating awareness on renewable energy sources. That is why Atlantic Energy has pioneered an offering of 100% renewable energy to all our loyal customers.

Renewable Energy Sources- Why Are They Important?

Why should we all care about this? Why is Atlantic Energy putting in all this effort? The world seems fine, right? Wrong. That is far from the truth.

Can you imagine that as per 2017, only 17% of United States’ electricity generation was from renewable energy? What does that say about the country or our environmentally responsible strategies? Simple. Our carbon print is getting larger by the day from the emissions of non-renewable energy sources like coal and oil. And the worst part is that we are using technology to make that all happen. Most machines and vehicles are powered by either coal or oil respectively.

The ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful rays is getting damaged and harmful greenhouse gases are being released daily. Oil spills are a common feature on the shores and ecosystems which is both economically damaging and harmful to animal species. Technology seems to be causing so much evil when it should, in essence, be used to make the world better. Right?

Renewable energy sources, on the other hand, captures the magic from ongoing natural processes. That is wind, water, sunshine, geothermal heat and biological processes. They create energy efficiencies by minimizing the amount of energy input in a constant energy service like powering equipment or lighting.

Most renewable energy sources do not emit carbon when generating energy. They are carbon free. And others, like biofuels and biomass, are carbon neutral. Carbon neutral meaning that they are renewable energy sources that release a balanced amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

How to Get Clean Energy Close to Your Home

Atlantic Energy can bring renewable energy sources a step closer to your home. As a renewable energy company, Atlantic Energy promotes energy efficiency by being a provider of clean electricity and natural gas. We source our electricity from natural sources like hydro, wind and water.

Amount of Renewable Energy Currently Being Produced In The USA

The production of renewable energy sources was limited in the 18th and 19th century as it was seen to be expensive to generate. The hesitation carried on to the 20th century as there were inconveniences such as:

• Cloud cover that limited the chances of effectively harnessing solar power • Drought spells that limited the available water for hydropower

• Wind farms could not make enough electricity in low wind days.

However, the late 20th century and early 21st century ushered in a new openness to renewable sources of energy. Solar, wind, and biofuels seemed to be a favorite of many.

As per 2012, renewable energy sources global production was at 22%. In 2016, the United States, in particular, derived 10% of its total energy from renewable energy sources. At the same time, the United States used renewable energy sources to produce 15% of its total electricity generation. In 2017, it rose to 17%. It is expected that in 2020, the U.S will use renewable energy sources to produce about 22% of its total electricity.

Numbers do not lie, and currently, those numbers are pretty low. That is why we at Atlantic Energy have taken on an environmental responsible title by providing renewable energy sources for energy efficiencies.

States That Use the Most Renewable Energy

Some states are doing better than others in reducing their carbon print. We can tell this by looking at the total percentage of electrical energy generated by renewable energy sources. The ranking is as follows:

1. Washington

With a total installed capacity of an astounding 23.884 gigawatts (GW), Washington is the leader in renewable energy sources. Hydropower and wind are the main contributors of energy.

2. California

Following in with 16.460 GW, California has the perfect blend of wind, geothermal and wind power.

3. Oregon

With 10.684 GW, Oregon uses a bit of Biomass, landfill gas and hydropower taking the largest renewable energy source share.

4. Texas

Texas stands at 10.985 GW with windpower taking only 1 GW. The state, however, does not use hydropower.

5. New York

New York City is at 6.033 GW with hydropower being the leading contributor then followed closely by wind, landfill gas and finally biomass.

6. Alabama

Sweet Alabama is at 3.855 using only biomass and hydropower.

7. Iowa

Iowa is at 3.782 GW renewable capacity derived from wind, hydropower, landfill gas and biomass.

8. Montana

Montana’s clean energy stands at 3.085 GW renewable capacity derived from hydropower and wind.

9. Idaho

Idaho stands at 3.140 renewable capacity with hydropower and wind energy making up its profile.

10. Arizona

Finally, Arizona stands at 2.901 renewable capacity deriving most of its energy from wind, solar, biomass and hydropower.

States That Are Falling Short

In no particular order, the states of Louisiana, Kansas, South Carolina, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Kentucky, Utah and Maryland fall below the green zone. These are just a few states, while quite a number of other states in the United States fall below the accepted standard for renewable energy production.

What To Do?

However, Atlantic Energy is here to remedy that flaw. We believe that our work in reducing global emissions is complimentary. It involves supplying our

willing customers with renewable energy sources and at the same time encouraging them to use energy efficient products such as our LED lights.

Do not think of only greenhouse gases as the only villains. There are other harmful pollutants like nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter.

However, that can all be prevented by? You guessed it. Going Green with Atlantic Energy. Be part of our journey. Together, if we join hands, we can be the movement that utilizes renewable natural resources instead of relying on harmful resources that hurt our environment and may run dry someday.

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