Renewable Energy Is The Future

Renewable Energy Is The Future

While not the first state to do this, you will soon find that many energy providers in the Lone Star state are starting to get their power through means of alternative energy.

Alternative energy comes in lots of different forms – the sun, the wind, the ocean. Lots of people rely on alternative energy and a time is coming when it might make the shift from an alternative to a necessity. However, these alternative forms of energy are not without their flaws and this article will explore both the pros and the cons of the various kinds.

Hydroelectric Energy

The Hoover Dam is a prime example of this. The dammed water is used to drive a turbine and generator thus, creating power. Old-fashioned water wheels are another great example.

Pros:

  • The water used to create the power can always be reused.
  • There is no chemical reaction in producing the power which means no pollution and no waste.

Cons:

  • Dams can seem like quite the logistical hurdle in terms of cost.
  • Dams can’t be built everywhere; there needs to be enough water.

Wind Power

You might have seen fields full of these large, white turbines that resemble enormous versions of those pinwheels you can buy in toy stores. By itself, a single turbine might not seem like much, but farms of them can produce enough power to sustain some of the larger cities and towns.

Pros:

  • As long as there is oxygen and the world keeps on turning, there will never be any shortage of wind.
  • No harmful pollution or byproducts.

Cons:

  • Despite their sleek design, these are not the most idyllic-looking devices and can detract from the scenery and nearby property value.
  • Wind is not always a constant thing and, in periods of less wind, less energy is generated.

Solar Power

Whether it’s passive or active, you see solar power being used in a number of different things. Houses have solar panels installed on roofs to capture the sun’s heat, exterior lighting can actually be power by solar energy and even the International Space Station gets most of its power from the sun.

Pros:

  • As long as there is a sun, there will be solar power. It isn’t dying any time soon.
  • Again, like the previous types of energy, no pollution or harmful byproducts.

Cons:

  • It’s not always sunny in Texas or anywhere else in the world. Expect to take a hit on the cloudy days.
  • Solar arrays and other forms of collection stations can be exorbitantly expensive.
  • As you can see, there are good and bad things about alternative energy sources. However, as we continue to use up what remaining fossil fuels we have, the good will soon outweigh the bad. Alternative energy isn’t going to be an alternative for very much longer – it will be the future of Austin, Texas, and the rest of the world.



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