Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Why is renewable energy important for the future of our society?

There are several important reasons that make renewable energy extremely important for the future of our society. Renewable energy still has a long way to go in order to replace fossil fuels and become primary source of energy consumption but things have been lately definitely moving in the right direction. But let us focus here about the future impact of renewable energy on our society.

Positive environmental impact is certainly one of the most important reasons. Fossil fuels when burn, create harmful greenhouse gas emissions and our planet is already feeling the impact of climate change. By using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels we would significantly decrease the current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, and this would have positive environmental impact for our entire planet.

Renewable energy is not all about environment as it can also give strong boost to our economy in form of new jobs. The number of people employed within the renewable energy industry is rapidly growing, giving many countries an excellent option to boost their economies in this post-recession period.

Renewable energy can improve our energy security by reducing the need for foreign oil import. The global oil market has been characterized by extremely volatile prices and our dependence on oil continues to grow. By switching to renewable energy and using more domestic renewable energy sources instead of importing foreign oil we would drastically improve our energy security and energy independence, not to mention the fact that our money would stay inside our borders instead going to OPEC countries.

Renewable energy offers plenty of options to choose from such as solar and wind.

Renewable energy offers variety of different options to choose from. What this means is that countries can choose between sun, wind, biomass, geothermal energy, water resources, etc, depending on the potential of each of these sources.  

The prominent position in global politics. The global clean energy race is very important and winners in this race will experience many political as well as economic benefits in years to come.

Abundant potential of many renewable energy resources. Our sun for instance has almost unlimited potential. Wind, geothermal, biomass – all of these sources have excellent potential to satisfy our energy needs.

Renewable energy can help in fight against poverty by playing part in electrification of many rural areas in developing world. In these rural areas renewable energy is much cheaper energy option to satisfy energy needs as compared to traditional energy solutions.

Renewable energy can also help improve political ties between countries by sharing technological know-how. Some large renewable energy projects could even be joined works of two or more different countries.