alternative energy

variants: or less commonly alternative power

Definition of alternative energy

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

Examples of alternative energy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Solar companies and other leaders in the alternative energy industry are poised to be among the bigger beneficiaries of a Biden White House, but that potential windfall may already be priced into the stocks. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "These stocks and sectors could thrive under Biden," 10 Nov. 2020 Polsky, an attorney, favored funding for alternative energy to help counter sea-level rise. David Lyons,, "Tina Polsky elected to state Senate; Chip LaMarca wins second term in state House," 3 Nov. 2020 These include connecting wind and solar firms to the grid and minimizing waste, storing power and transmitting it from distant regions where most alternative energy is generated to China’s power-hungry industrial and urban hubs. Chong Koh Ping, WSJ, "Carbon Pledge Lifts Wind and Solar Stocks in China," 22 Oct. 2020 The Middle East is home to the world’s biggest oil exporters but governments are increasingly pushing for the development of alternative energy sources to meet growing demand. Nicolas Parasie,, "Dubai’s Alcazar Energy Weighs Sale, Green Bond as Part of Review," 2 Nov. 2020 Biden came armed with talking points about his plans, from tackling Covid-19 to providing more subsidies for alternative energy sources and less for oil and gas. NBC News, "The final debate: Who won? What claims were true or false?," 23 Oct. 2020 The trend toward alternative energy should endure no matter who wins the White House, said Mizuho analyst Anthony Crowdell. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Renewable-Energy Stocks Are Getting a Biden Bump," 11 Oct. 2020 The change is intended to reflect the group’s evolving prioritization of alternative energy sources including renewable diesel, biodiesel, and renewable gasoline. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Renewables set to dominate electricity growth," 13 Oct. 2020 At the same time, alternative energy is expected to continue to post gains. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Renewable-Energy Stocks Are Getting a Biden Bump," 11 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of alternative energy

1959, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2020

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“Alternative energy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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