What is a renewable?

You hear the term “renewable” all the time – but what does it mean?

Simply put – a renewable is energy collected from resources such as wind, sunlight, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat. If it never runs out – it’s considered renewable.

Renewable energy sources, once operational, do not release greenhouse gas emissions or pollution.

Today, using renewables, you can heat or cool your house or generate electricity to charge your smart phone.

While renewables aren’t our main sources of energy – they’re growing. The International Energy Agency says in their 2015 Medium Term Renewable Energy Market Report that by 2020 renewable energy sources will make up 26 percent of the power generation mix. That's enough renewable energy generation to meet the combined demand for electricity of China, Brazil and India. 

For more information check out these links:

Natural Resources Canada: about renewable energy

U.S. Department of Energy: renewable electricity generation

The business of energy innovation: GLOBE 2016
Leaders, innovators and change makers gather for GLOBE 2016 Summit in Vancouver
The energy mix around the world

Where you live can have a big impact on the forms of energy you use.

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