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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day - Green Energy

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The term Green energy is used to describe sources of energy which are considered environmentally friendly and non-polluting.

Green energy is commonly thought of in the context of electricity, heating, and cogeneration, and is becoming increasingly available. Consumers, businesses, and organizations may specifically purchase green energy in order to support further development, help reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity generation, and increase their nation’s energy independence. Renewable energy certificates (Green certificates, or green tags) have been one way for consumers and businesses to support green energy. Over 35 million homes in Europe, and 1 million in the United States, are purchasing such certificates.

Additionally, some governments have drafted very specific definitions for green energy or similar terms which may be eligible for subsidies or other support for specific technologies.

Several working definitions used for green energy. These include:

* An alternate term for renewable energy.
* Energy generated from sources which do not produce pollutants (e.g. solar, wind and wave energies.
* Energy generated from sources which are considered environmentally friendly (e.g. hydro (water), solar (sun), biomass (landfill) or wind.
* Energy generated from sources which produce low amounts of pollution.
* Energy that is produced and used in ways that produce relatively less environmental impacts.

Green energy includes natural energetic processes that can be harnessed with little pollution. Anaerobic digestion, geothermal power, wind power, small-scale hydropower, solar power, biomass power, tidal power and wave power fall under such a category. Some definitions may also include power derived from the incineration of waste.

Some organizations have specifically classified nuclear power as green energy. However, the Nuclear Energy Institute avoided classifying nuclear power as green energy when it initiated a public awareness campaign using the catch phrase clean air energy.

Medium or large-scale hydroelectric power or sources of air pollution such as burning biomatter or petroleum, consume water and are often excluded from the label 'green energy'.

No power source is entirely impact-free. All energy sources require energy and give rise to some degree of pollution from manufacture of the technology.

Green Energy News covers clean, effecient and renewable energy sources. Find out how green energy can benefit you!


Tybalt said...

Thanks for sharing such great information and reminding me that today is an important day. =^_^=

Annie Mosaic Cat said...

Wow. Your post is very informative! I tried to educate and inspire the kitties too.

Diamond said...

We are not sure when Earth Day is. We switched off the lights on Earth Hour and I looked out the window to see if there were any feral cats wandering in the garden. They made a lot of noise. I could see better with the lights off, so that was a good idea. We should do it every night.

Samantha & Tigger said...

Hey Diamond, that is some great information you shared. Thanks!!
Your FL furiends,

The Cat Realm said...

Happy Earthday!!! And thanks for the information!

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Wowie, that's some very good information Diamond! Happy Earth Day to you!

catsynth said...

Happy Earth Day!
Thanks for all the useful information about green energy.

And thanks for the really nice feature and collage you made for Luna on House Panthers today! You're very talented :)

jan said...

Our human says if she could harness our doggie energy, she could rule the world.

Misty the alpha Poodle

-d ma said...

excellent info. if i could harness theo's energy i'd be able to heat my house all winter long.

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

Happy Earth Day!

jenianddean said...

Thanks for sharing the info! Happy Earth Day!

Sorry I haven't been visiting much the last week or so. My mom has been out of town and I need her thumbs to type and use the mouse.

Take care!
-Jasper McKitten-Cat

Mickey said...

Have a great Earth Day :)
Thanks for the facts too :)
Purrs Mickey

Bounce, Lucy and Trixie said...

We always learn so much neat stuff from you. Our beans love the earth and try to be as green as they can. Kitties are naturally green!

Lux said...

Very informative - thanks for sharing!

-d ma said...

you have posted a lot of great info this week...

p.s. i see mr. slowey had a decent outing.