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

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Carbon emissions vary by country, according to the study: Mining farms in Canada emit the least amount of CO2, owing to the availability of alternative energy sources in the country. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Mining For Bitcoin Can Require More Energy Than Actually Mining," 6 Nov. 2018 Think about it, says the founder of the New York Center for Nonviolent Communication, Thom Bond, a 63-year-old peace activist and former philosophy major with a professional background in engineering and alternative energy. Kate Branch, Vogue, "How to Survive Thanksgiving Drama With This Smart Conflict-Management Strategy," 15 Nov. 2018 Last year, Everlane launched its first denim collection made at Saitex, a factory that recycles 98% of its water, runs on alternative energy, and repurposes byproducts to make bricks for affordable housing. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everlane Debuts New Collection Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles," 25 Oct. 2018 It’s past time to stop pushing so hard for carbon cuts before alternative energy sources are ready to take over. Bjorn Lomborg, WSJ, "U.N. Ignores Economics Of Climate," 9 Oct. 2018 The one-time partner of Unicorp President Chuck Whittall, Maher later launched Solar Blue alternative energy company. Mary Shanklin,, "Partner on energy projects, Baldwin Park convicted," 20 Dec. 2017 But that 2019 budget request submitted in February was roundly rejected by Congress, which appropriated funding for alternative energy research above the level the Trump administration requested. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: White House seeking more clean energy cuts despite congressional opposition," 27 June 2018 Interest also appears to be growing in Anchorage, part of the rising popularity of alternative energy. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "On Anchorage’s windy mountainsides, turbines could reduce homeowners’ dependence on the grid," 16 May 2018 The program would provide subsidies and loans to help Chinese firms acquire foreign competitors, develop advanced technologies and dominate key sectors such as alternative energy, robotics, telecom and artificial intelligence. Keith Bradsher And Jane Perlez, New York Times, "Is Trump Serious About Trade War? China’s Leaders Hunt for Answers," 12 Apr. 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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