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 Each of those businesses faces challenges — the aviation unit is emerging from the pandemic falloff in air travel, and the power business must adapt to the shift to alternative energy sources. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Fuller said climate change is an existential crisis, and that during the pandemic, the city hired an energy coach to work with residents and businesses to educate them on alternative energy., 26 Oct. 2021 In fact, employees did ask hard questions about climate change, alternative energy, and the company's strategy for adapting or speaking about the topic, including in public forums, like town halls. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 9 June 2021 In a research note, ING found that consumers in the UK are most worried about spikes in energy prices than in investment into alternative energy sources. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 31 Oct. 2021 The falling costs of other types of alternative energy and the significant costs of building full-scale fusion reactors are potential obstacles. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Obstacles to the development of alternative energy is not just applicable to EVs either. Wayne Winegarden, Forbes, 21 June 2021 The Princeton researchers charted two pathways, one where all U.S. electricity is generated by alternative energy sources and a less costly trajectory where sun, wind, water and other renewables account for at least 80% of electricity generation. Shane Shifflett, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2021 The resources include rare semi-precious gems, copper, iron, gold, uranium and lithium, which is essential for alternative energy sources. Lisa Bennatan, Fox News, 22 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of alternative energy

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Alternative energy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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: usable power (as heat or electricity) that comes from a renewable or green resource


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