100% Renewable

by Andy, Bailee, & Taeya

Background

Renewable energy is going underway with, wind and solar. WInd has taken off by generating more power for the community to use for example UNT uses wind energy for their freshmen dorms, facilities. Solar energy is a an efficient way to help "light" up our cities and states. The way of using both these types of energy is by pushing the products towards, the people and making them for the people.

Solution

The solution for the over usage and production of fossil fuel energies that create pollution is very simple. We use restrictions and incentives to lead the state into a 100% renewable energy producing and consuming state. There are already plans in motion towards this idea, however none of them have made a big impact, one plan we'd like to recognize is already headed towards congress is called the "Clean Power Plan" which regulates the amount of carbon production by power plants with a projected 29% decrease in soot and smog in Texas. In a way, we took inspiration from this plan and learned from it's lacking parts to create our own plan. Our plan dictates that every business and citizen are given incentives such as tax breaks and free electricity hours when they use a cleaner, renewable energy source. With these incentives we hope to see a hefty drop in usage of nonrenewable resources. However, we also plan to restrict the amount of fossil fuels and other non renewable resources to be mined, while also using land that would normally be used for an unnecessary shopping mall for a form of renewable resources such as solar power, or wind power instead.

Why it would work

Using renewable energy can help not burn out our fossil fuels so fast, and it will help slowly stop the contributing to global warming. By using renewable energy we can help change some of the things we've ruined in the world. Now this won't just happen in a blink of an eye it will take over time, but by starting with the small things just in Texas, we feel that it will help start a better movement. And with the companies we've listed in our bibliography it shows how the people have gotten behind the movement.

Our Documentary- BBC Technology Renewable energy

This documentary is over the harmful effect of non renewable resources and how using renewable resources could potentially reverse those effects. The documentary starts out by giving information on how we use our polluting resources in our daily lives and what exactly they are doing to the environment. The documentary covers different types of renewable resources such as alternative forms of fuels and energy sources. Later it covers how these resources could be implemented into our cities and could reduce the amount of pollution created, even providing interviews with experts and engineers. Continuing, the documentary describes how our current behavior and usage of fossil fuels are affecting our environment and could destroy it. The document ends with giving incentives on why a switch to renewable energy will benefit the entire world, environment, and the people living in it. This documentary helped us realize exactly what is going on as we produce these non renewable resources, and how we can plan to prevent the further destruction of our environment. (8)

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Texas Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration is a government organization that collects data on each state's energy use and production and provides the statistics for public viewing. On their website, they have a map of Texas outlining where exactly each source of energy for the state of Texas is produced and interesting, data-rich graphs that I have included above. The graphs shown above outline each source of energy production in the state of Texas and how much energy is produced and consumed. With this graph we were able to analyze Texas' energy production and consumption methods. We quickly realized that Texas' top three producers were Natural gas, Crude oil, and coal. On the other hand, at the bottom of our state's producers were Biomass, Hydroelectric Power, and other renewables, meaning that Texas is heavily polluting it's environment with pollution coming from it's top three energy productions. While Texas is producing forms of renewable resources, it is not nearly enough to combat the amount of environment-destroying pollution erupting from the production of the three top, non renewable energy sources. and on the usage side of this issue, Texas citizens and businesses have a more non renewable hungry energy diet. We as a state prefer to consume natural gas and liquified petroleum gas rather than our more environmentally safe sources such as Biomass and other renewables. But how can we not consume the nonrenewable choices when our production of them far exceeds the production of cleaner energies.(3)

Sources

1. "North Texas Renewable Energy Group." North Texas Renewable Energy Group. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2016.

2.Metzger, Luke. "Clean Power Plan: Pain or Gain for Texas?" Environment Texas. Houston Chronicle, 25 Feb. 2015. Web. 18 May 2016.

3."U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis." U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2016.

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The TexasObserver/ Tuesday, February 16, 2016/"Texas super store should go big on solar" /


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5. www.springernature.com/us. Scientific American maintains a strict policy of editorial independence in reporting developments in science to our readers

6.http://www.ntreg.org

7.http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/magazine/renewable-energy-world.html

8. [BBC Technology Documentary] Renewable Energy - NEW+ Science Documentary HD." YouTube. BBC Technology, n.d. Web. 18 May 2016