Sometimes, we live as though things have no end, as though there is no tomorrow. “Carpe diem” —they say. When it comes to energy sources, this is not a good way of thinking, yet it is what the world has been doing so far. Clean energy is meant to help us use our resources in a more responsible and efficient way, acknowledging that all things do come to an end, and will, if we don’t take care of them.

Clean Energy 101

To define clean energy, it is necessary to understand what a ‘dirty’ type of energy is. Most of our energy comes from fossil fuels, such as coal and oil. How? Well, power stations process these fuels to produce our energy and this process generates tons of greenhouse gas, like methane and carbon dioxide, thus, earning the name ‘dirty’ energy sources. Those gases go up into the Earth’s atmosphere causing it to get warm and generating several other secondary effects like climate change, according to experts. On top of that, these energy sources are non-renewable, meaning that once we used them all up, there’ll be nothing left.

So, what is clean energy? It is energy that is produced from renewable sources like the sun, wind and more. These sources produce very limited amounts of greenhouse gas if any, and that’s why the energy they produce is called clean energy.

Types of Renewable Energy

Clean Energy 101
Solar panels absorb the sun’s rays to turn them into energy

There are six types of clean or renewable energy which are the most common:

  • Biomass
  • Wind Energy
  • Solar
  • Geothermal
  • Hydropower
  • Hydrokinetic Energy, Tidal Power or Ocean Energy

Although fossil fuels do more harm to our environment, renewable sources also have environmental impacts.

Benefits of Clean Energy

Besides being sustainable and eco-friendly, implementing clean energy in Colorado comes with a great set of benefits such as:

  • Minimizes the impact on public health and the environment
  • Broadens the state’s electricity portfolio
  • Generates more jobs

Clean energy can help us live healthier lives. What do you think about renewable energy and in which other ways do you think it can benefit our state?

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