Taking into account the rising prices of fossil fuels and the increasing number of foreign oil imports, it can be said that we need a comprehensive & sensible plan to attain our goal of energy independence. We need a plan that enables us effectively meet our energy requirements without paying dollars in excess. In an effort to improvise our national security and enhance our competitiveness in the global market, we must become energy independent.
Different sources of renewable energy like wind, biofuels, geothermal energy, hydro-power, solar etc., are available. But the economic aspect associated with these renewable sources raises the question as to how good is the decision to implement them on a wider scale. Wind energy generated electricity is not economical. Also, wind energy is not capable of providing us the amount of energy we need.
Similar is the case for solar energy generated electricity. In the year 2010, while wind provided just 2.3% of our energy requirements, solar energy provided a fraction above 0%. Surely, this would sound too strange but these are the figures that reveal how efficient solar & wind energy have been in satiating our energy needs.
If you want to enlighten yourself more on this subject, then read “Renewable Energy: A Common Sense Energy Plan”, a renewable energy data book authored by Brad Linscott. In this solar energy book, you will find systematic comparisons between nuclear fuels, fossil fuels and renewable energy. You can buy this book on renewable energy from Amazon or from the site of Tate Publishers.