Clean Energy Benefits Energy Systems
Clean energy can help reduce or avoid costly energy system investments:
- Clean energy can help reduce the need for new or upgraded power plant capacity, resulting in cost savings for consumers and avoided emissions from traditional power plant resources.
- Clean energy can reduce the need for power from older, dirtier energy resources. This reduces fuel costs, lowers emissions and can reduce transmission costs.
- Energy efficiency activities or distributed sources of renewable energy located near constrained portions of the electricity grid can help avoid, delay or reduce the need to invest in expensive transmission and distribution system upgrades.
- As electricity moves through the grid, about 6 – 8 percent of the energy is lost. By increasing energy efficiency and distributed sources of renewable energy, we can reduce the amount of lost energy from the grid.