Workers install equipment for an ocean thermal energy conversion experiment in 1994 at Hawaii's Natural Energy Laboratory. Credit: A. Resnick, Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc.
Renewable energy is important because of the benefits it provides. The key benefits are:
Renewable energy technologies are clean sources of energy that have a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies.
Energy for our children's children's children
Renewable energy will not run out. Ever. Other sources of energy are finite and will some day be depleted.
Jobs and the Economy
Most renewable energy investments are spent on materials and workmanship to build and maintain the facilities, rather than on costly energy imports. Renewable energy investments are usually spent within the United States, frequently in the same state, and often in the same town. This means your energy dollars stay home to create jobs and fuel local economies, rather than going overseas.
Meanwhile, renewable energy technologies developed and built in the United States are being sold overseas, providing a boost to the U.S. trade deficit.