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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Coal is in steep decline in wealthier countries, including the United States and across Western Europe, mostly because of competition from those alternative energy sources. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "How One Billionaire Could Keep Three Countries Hooked on Coal for Decades," 15 Aug. 2019 Gore’s against Enbridge Line 3 because oil companies are trying to lower production costs out of fear of alternative energy getting cheaper+commonplace to produce. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Al Gore on Enbridge Line 3, green jobs, flooded farms and Greenland losing 11 billion tons of ice in one day," 5 Aug. 2019 The upgrades include new charging stations for electric vehicles and Distributed Energy Resources, which allow IPL's grid to use more alternative energies like solar and wind. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "IPL wants to hike rates to pay for 'self-healing grid.' Here's what that would mean for your bill.," 25 July 2019 This would enable ways for alternative energy technologies to leapfrog the expensive centralized grid systems. Thomas Wolfgang Thurner, Quartz Africa, "Renewable energy managed over blockchain would boost Africa’s rural power access," 11 June 2019 The price of solar panels - which trap energy from the sun and convert it into electricity - has fallen recently, making solar an increasingly viable alternative energy source., "13 organizations making Northeast Ohio greener," 10 Apr. 2018 And, in recent years, the country has attracted alternative energy investors from across the globe. Emily Green,, "Alternative energy efforts in Mexico slow as Lopez Obrador prioritizes oil," 10 July 2019 Advocates for alternative energy have criticized the project as too small and too slow to come to fruition, noting that Europe has raced ahead and that other states are also getting in the game. Washington Post, "Utility taking cautious approach as Virginia offshore wind project gets underway," 1 July 2019 Several military bases use a range of alternative energy sources, from solar fields to wind microgrids to store energy in case of a crisis. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Report: The U.S. Military Is Creating a Carbon Pollution Bootprint," 26 June 2019

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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