Electricity vs. energy | Totally renewable by 20??

by Luke Johnson on March 19, 2013

When you hear someone say “solar energy is going to save the US 12.9% of energy” what are they talking about? Due they really mean energy or are they using energy and electricity interchangeable. It is easy to see why they are so often considered the same but they’re not.

Energy can be found in a rock on top of a hill. The energy from the rock on the hill can be harnessed to produce electricity but it’s not electricity.

Electricity is generated from coal, nuclear reaction, natural gas and oil. Energy demand is only increasing and is expected to double by 2030. If you cut down on one piece of the pie (electricity) you are not actually cutting down the whole pie (energy) because of the increase in demand.

I would challenge you that when you see a claim about saving “energy” you should see if the numbers are inflated because they are actually talking about electricity.

Totally renewable by 20??

To become totally renewable gas powered cars will have to be replaced with electric cars which will only increase the use of electricity. There is also the battle between interest groups I like to call far team and green team.

There are two imposing sides to renewable energy which may shock you. There are the people who say “save the planet” and the people who say “save the animals.” You might think these are one and the same, just like electricity and energy, but they are not.

On one side you have the green team pushing for wind, solar and hydro power and on the other side the far team wants to stop them all.

The far team does not want solar, hydro and wind power because it means killing birds fish and ecosystems.

What side are you on?

Luke Johnson

Luke Johnson has been writing about deregulated energy markets since early 2010. His knowledge has helped consumers lower their electricity cost. Connect with Luke on Google+.

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