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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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 Also proposed are a greenhouse, tech incubator, alternative energy campus, and a public access area with a park and loop bringing bikers and walkers closer to the lake. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Data center hopes to rise from ashes of defunct Hammond power plant," 22 June 2018 The alternative energy sources environmental activists favor are generally more expensive. Joseph L. Bast And, WSJ, "The Social Benefits of Fossil Fuels Far Outweigh the Costs," 17 June 2018 In previous decades it wasn't considered a viable alternative energy option, mostly because units were so expensive to install and took years to pay for themselves. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to See the Future," 15 Aug. 2016 There are miles of geothermal heat along with other alternative energy systems of solar- and wind power. Janet Eastman,, "Ashland healer's home, for sale at $5 million, has dome skylights, lavender maze (photos)," 5 June 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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