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Green energy FAQs
No, it means your provider will purchase renewable energy credits equal to 100% of your usage. The equivalent amount of green energy is delivered to the electric grid, where it mixes will other forms of energy.
Not according to a 2021 report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which states, “[t]he share of renewable energy that achieved lower costs than the most competitive fossil fuel option doubled in 2020.” Not only are renewables an inexpensive power source, but “renewables increasingly undercut existing coal’s operational costs too.”
It can. The production of solar panels uses some toxic metals. Dams used in hydroelectric generation can cause flooding and affect wildlife habitats. Wind turbines have been blamed for bird and bat deaths, and the giant turbine blades, when no longer useful, can lie for years in landfills. Biomass, as mentioned, produces carbon dioxide when burned.