Clean Energy Resource Basics
Clean Energy includes demand and supply-side resources that meet or reduce energy needs with less pollution than conventional, fossil fuel-based generation resources. In general, the Clean Energy Wins initiative defines “clean energy” as solar, wind, and energy efficiency as well as alternative transportation fuels that do not rely on oil.
Here is some basic information on clean energy resources. You can learn more by clicking on each link.
Renewable Energy refers to energy generated partially or entirely by non-depletable resources such as solar and wind. Renewable energy can be generated through small scale installations (e.g. rooftop solar panels) or in large centralized facilities (e.g. wind turbine farms). Other types of renewable energy can include low-impact hydro power, geothermal energy, biomass, and natural gas derived from biological resources (e.g. biogas).
Energy Efficiency refers to using less energy to provide the same or greater amount of activity. Energy conservation refers to using less energy but also engaging in a reduced amount of activity. Examples of energy efficiency technologies can include high efficiency lighting, combined heat and power, and replacing inefficient equipment with high efficiency alternatives.