alternative energy


variants or less commonly alternative power
: usable power (such as heat or electricity) that comes from a renewable or green resource
alternative energy sources/technology

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The ranch seamlessly integrates with the surrounding nature and uses alternative energy sources, a purifying and regenerative water system and natural materials. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 2 Mar. 2023 And as in most types of alternative energy, thorium power faces a lack of funding for research and of financial incentives for power companies to switch over. David Warmflash, Discover Magazine, 16 Jan. 2015 Such investments in alternative energy can ultimately help insulate the region and the nation from future dependence on Russian oil and gas. Gretchen Cuda Kroen, cleveland, 24 Jan. 2023 Therefore purveyors of alternative energy might have expected nothing but warm greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. James Freeman, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2022 If confirmed, the breakthrough at the Lawrence Livermore Lab could bring this dream of limitless and safe alternative energy closer to reality. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 12 Dec. 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this year and its use of energy to put economic and political pressure on European nations have added urgency to Poland’s search for alternative energy sources. Fortune, 29 Oct. 2022 After first working on issues involving alternative energy, Kashkari was asked by Paulson to look at the housing market, which following a long run-up was suddenly tanking. Michael Steinberger, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2023 New York Times Is a dam in rural Portugal a key to our alternative energy future? Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, 4 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alternative energy was in 1959

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Cite this Entry

“Alternative energy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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