Alternative Energy

It is often said that, alternative energy refers to any source of energy that replace fuel sources without inappropriate consequences of replaced fuels. This is an indicator that, alternative technologies may produce undesirable consequences such as burning of fossil fuels. Amazingly, alternative energy have been sued from ancient history whereby in most cases, it is subjected to sharp prices since it derives from sources such as flowing water, sunshine, biological waste, and wind.  Although many people have heard about alternative energy, many do not know the benefits that emerge from alternative energy.  According to the argument of Morgan (2009), the alternative energy is beneficial since there is no pollution emission, no global warming, can be used continually without exhausting it, and reduction of health issues.  But what are the facts about alternative energy, and what are the advantages and disadvantages it enhances in life?

As Morgan (2009) suggests, alternative energy is generated from natural resources such as wind, sunlight, geothermal, and tides among others. Currently, the most alternative energies that are much invested are wind and solar energy probably because they are easily available. This principle presupposes the Gunkel (2006) intrusion that solar, water and wind energy creates a platform to meet the demand of people globally.  What facts underlie in the mentioned alternative energies, and what kind of benefits emerged?  We should know that, people differ in differ in various ways in that some are financially stable while others are not. But the idea mentioned by Morgan (2009) seems fallacious because he outline that alternative energy are inappropriate for people with low income since they are require a lot of money to install. From my point of view, the benefits that emerge from using alternative energies cannot be compared the hazards. It is obvious that, the core benefit of using alternative energies is that, they never run out hence, they are sustainable. With this regard, it should be note that, the fuel derived from alternative energy is assessable and natural, which in facts reduces cost of operation. Reducing cost of operation enhances economic benefits borne in mind; such projects are located suburbs and large urban centers. Particularly, when the government funds such projects enhance maximum usage of alternative energy to many people.  To prove this, Flavin (2003) outline a precise fact that, in the United States, more than ten thousand homes are powered entirely with solar energy.

It borne in mind; enough sunlight falls on earth daily,  and when a state funds project that increase usage of alternative energy it enhance economic benefit attributed by cheaper cost of operation.  Nevertheless, in support of the fact that alternative energies are inappropriate for low income people, it is difficult to generate the quantity of alternative energy for instance fossil fuel generators. Still, there is high cost of installation, which may be unfavorable to people of low income.  The cost installation is expensive and few people can afford to meet such costs.  Flavin (2003) verify that, through renewable energy never run out; the truth of the matter is, they are costly to install, which eventually hinders most people from its usage.  By comparison, on the benefits on economic benefit and disadvantage on installation; they are all equal.  From my research, I found out that, If any of them stands out, it will affect the user positively and negatively because; despite the advantages of using alternative energy such as solar, they are difficult to install, which eventually may hinder many from carrying effectively using renewable energy.

In facts, wind can be used to produce electricity that may be enough to power many homes. In this context, Gardett (2011), outline that, in the United States, wind firms are currently producing enough electricity to cater for approximately six hundred thousand homes. This argument is credible in that, the United States generates over eleven thousand jobs on wind power industries with a notable growth in the past years. In reality, China is said to be the largest installed country with wind power, seconded by the United States.  With no doubt; this deepened my thinking on the benefits that emerge from using alternatives energy such as wind whereby it creates job opportunities and construction of electricity.  Quintessentially, alternative energy in China and the United States highlight the positive effect of creating job opportunities and production of electricity. In reality, this can be proved by the fact that, the two countries are doing well economically probably because of the advantage derived from windmill industries.

Typically, Gardett (2011) affirms that, water is the most renewable energy resource used globally. In explaining this, Gardett continues to outline that, water provide adequate power to meet necessitates of twenty eight million consumers. Typically, hydropower provides 10% of electricity in the United State and globally.  This argument is rational because hydroelectric is the oldest aspect of producing power borne in mind; many nations have use water to generate electricity. Approximately, two third of countries globally use water to generate electricity such as in India, China, Kenya, United States, and Australia among others. From this,  I found out that, generating electricity using hydroelectric power is beneficial in that, water that runs the power plant is given free of charge.  As a result, this saves both operational and maintenance costs, and decreases greenhouse gas emanations (Solar energy monitoring, 2010).  Nevertheless, while considering. Flavin (2003) argument, question on the limitations attributed by hydroelectric power raises attention. In reality, there is high investment cost when companies drill or dig up wells to get gas, oil, and coal. Companies may end up using a lot of resources when digging up the earth to obtain coal, gas, and oil.

From my research, I have articulated facts of alternative energy outlining its advantages and disadvantages in our life. In closing, I conquer with Morgan (2009) beliefs on the importance of using alternative energy such as wind.  He is absolutely right since he outline how Wind helps in electricity production creating an economic benefit for countries that use such source. His opinion is valid since in depth provides knowledge on how Windmill has created job opportunities for Chinese and American as the windmill peak in electricity production. Obviously, as many continues to use solar energy, it enhance an economic benefit considering that solar is a natural resource that is accessible.  At this point, I align with Gunkel (2006) assumption who in great effort affirms that, using alternative energy such as wind and sun augment economic benefit. Though there is a lot cost consumed during installation, the benefits that emerge from using solar energy cannot be sidelined. From, Gunkel point of view, alternative energy produces diminutive or no waste products such as chemical pollutants or carbon dioxide, and therefore has negligible impact on the environment.                     













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Gardett, P. ( 2011, October 25). Upgrading the Wind. AOL Newspaper, pp. 1

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