re·new·able | \ri-ˈnü-ə-bəl, -ˈnyü-\

Definition of renewable 

1 : capable of being renewed renewable contracts

2 : capable of being replaced by natural ecological cycles or sound management practices renewable resources

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Other Words from renewable

renewability \ri-ˌnü-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌnyü- \ noun
renewable noun
renewably \ri-ˈnü-ə-blē, -ˈnyü- \ adverb

Examples of renewable in a Sentence

a renewable life insurance policy Forests are renewable natural resources, but they must be treated with care. Wind and water are renewable fuel sources.
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In 2017, renewable sources such as solar and wind accounted for 29.65 percent of in-state electricity generation. Rob Nikolewski,, "California's ranking as an oil-producing state is slipping," 12 July 2018 The Arizona Corporation Commission already requires electric utilities to generate 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2025. Washington Post, "Renewable energy push in sunny Arizona draws political fight," 6 July 2018 For instance, with the Alstom purchase, GE doubled down on fossil fuels when markets were favoring renewable energy sources. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "After Months of Selling Off Many of Its Businesses, What's Left of General Electric?," 26 June 2018 Power plant emissions of carbon dioxide, a gas which contributes to global warming, have decreased 24 percent between 2005 and 2016 as more power plants replaced coal with natural gas and renewable energy sources, according to the report. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Power plant emissions fall as producers shift from coal," 26 June 2018 But under the new agreement, the utilities will aim to produce a minimum 25% of their energy from renewable sources and a further 25% from energy-efficiency measures by that same year. Jason Hayes, WSJ, "A California Billionaire Sets Michigan’s Energy Policy," 22 June 2018 Unless the increase in renewable electricity sources comes with an increase in electric vehicles and industrial carbon capture sources, this shift might not make much of a difference for the climate. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Renewables Will Make Up 50 Percent of the World's Energy by 2050," 22 June 2018 Hebbar also supports moving Maryland toward renewable energy sources like solar power by encouraging its use on parking lots and commercial buildings. Libby Solomon,, "Meet the candidates for state delegate in the District 42B primary," 19 June 2018 The motor on him must be one of the world’s great renewable energy sources. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "France Passes First World Cup Test. So Does V.A.R.," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of renewable

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of renewable

: able to be extended for another time period : able to be renewed

: restored or replaced by natural processes : able to be replaced by nature


re·new·able | \ri-ˈnü-ə-bəl, -ˈnyü-\

Kids Definition of renewable

: capable of being replaced by natural processes Forests are a renewable resource.

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