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A l t e r n a t i v e E n e r g y S o u r c e s P a g e | 1 Alternative Energy Sources Rich Pugh CM220-18 Rough draft
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A l t e r n a t i v e E n e r g y S o u r c e s P a g e | 2 Today’s energy sources are at risk of running out in the near future. The worlds rising energy needs will soon outgrow the reserves we have for oil and coal. We need to move onto greener sources of energy and reduce our impact on the environment before the damage we do is irreversible. We have many alternative sources of energy available to us and the technology is available to implement them into energy grids. Wind, solar, and hydroelectric power are the alternative sources of the future because of their availability and earth friendly impact on the environment; compared to coal, fossil fuels, and nuclear power. Despite the concerns of how to implement these alternative energy sources and their costs, the benefits on the environment by doing so now will long outweigh the costs. Solar energy is one of our most untapped resources we have available to us today. Our deserts are a viable source of solar energy and should be used to produce the energy needed to support the worlds growing needs. Its unrealized potential is one that should be looked into for our future energy needs. The possibilities are endless as to the suns use in everyday power consumption. “Every two weeks the sun pours more energy onto the surface of our planet than we use from all sources in an entire year” (Pearce, 2009 p.1 par.1). With this thought in mind, we could theoretically retire all use of today’s current energy sources of coal, fossil fuels, and nuclear power. This can be done with the use of photovoltaic solar panels on roof tops in remote areas and use of solar generating plants in our rural areas. By using photovoltaic solar panels, consumers could free themselves of having an energy bill for life. Surely the first time investment would be large, whether it is large or small scale production of solar energy, but in the long run our wallets and our environment will be better off. Today’s current global power consumption is about
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A l t e r n a t i v e E n e r g y S o u r c e s P a g e | 3 12.5 trillion terawatts and by 2030 it is projected to reach 16.9 trillion terawatts with current energy sources and by using alternative sources of energy that demand would be brought down to 11.5 trillion terawatts (Jacobson, Delucchi, 2009 p.3). This would be a significant savings in electrical power, meaning less power would need to be produced to meet global needs and increased savings would passed along to the consumer. Thermal solar energy plants, however, are not useful close to the shore of any country due to high volume of cloud cover. In that case, I would opt for using water energy sources. Water energy sources are the “wave” of the future, so to speak.
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