Renewable energy is electricity produced from wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, tidal and wave energy. This type of electricity is generated from resources that are naturally replenished and which create little or no greenhouse gases.
Sources of Renewable Energy
Wind: Wind power generates electricity by converting wind energy into electrical energy. It is typically generated through the use of a tower-mounted turbine, which rotates a generator to produce electricity. Wind power is a growing segment of the energy market. Today the United States can produce enough total wind energy to supply more than four million homes.
Source: American Wind Energy Association
NextEra Energy Resources is the nation's leader in wind energy, generating about 25 percent of all wind energy in the United States.
Solar: Solar power involves harnessing energy from the sun, and then converting it to electricity through various means. While the origins of the technology are more than a century old, solar power first came to the forefront during the energy crisis of the early 1970's. Renewed interest in and viability of solar power have recently led to steady expansion. The U.S. solar power industry has experienced double-digit rates of growth since 2000, although it is still a small portion of the total U.S. energy mix.
Source: Energy Information Administration
NextEra Energy Resources is the largest generator of solar energy in the country through its operations at the Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert.
Hydro: One of the original commercial forms of renewable energy is hydroelectric power, which converts the force of moving water into electricity. NextEra Energy Resources is a leading producer of hydroelectric power in the Northeast.