What is Renewable Energy?
It all starts with renewable energy sources.
Simply put, a renewable energy source is something that can generate electricity without being depleted. We’re talking natural resources like wind, sun, water, biological matter and geothermal heat. When compared to so-called “traditional” energy sources like fossil fuels (petroleum, coal and natural gas) and crude oil-based petroleum products, renewables provide a sustainable, clean source of energy with zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
What’s all that mean? In short, renewable energy sources are the basis of clean, pollution-free electricity that can help reduce or mitigate the effects of climate change. And when you choose to power your life with 100% renewable energy, your choice dramatically reduces your carbon footprint.
Approximately 11% of the total U.S. energy consumption comes from renewable energy sources.1
How we use renewable energy to build a cleaner, greener future.
In 2020 alone, Green Mountain Energy customers helped the U.S. avoid more than 8.3 billion pounds of carbon emissions, simply by powering their homes with 100% clean electricity. That’s like taking 10.4 million cars off the road for a month!2
Yet despite the benefits of clean energy, it still represents only a small portion of the total energy consumed in the United States today. But as more and more people start to see the (sun)light, that number can grow. With your help, we can change the way that electricity is made and get everyone on the road to a greener lifestyle.
That’s like taking 10.4 million cars off the road for a month!