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Finite resources that cannot be replenished
Other sources of energy that can be regenerated rapidly, such as biomass energy resources. They are potentially renewable as long as we dont consume them more quickly then they can be replenished.
Energy sources that cannot be depleted no matter how much we use them.
Potentially renewable and non depletable energy resources
Finding ways to use less energy
Tiered rate system
Customers pay a low rate for the first increment of electricity they use and pay higher rates as their use goes up.
The greatest quantity of energy used at any one time.
Passive solar design
A technique that takes advantage of solar radiation to maintain a comfortable temperature in the building.
Liquid fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel that biomass
The carbon in biomass
The carbon in fossil fuels
An activity that does not change atmospheric co2 concentrations
Removing more timber then is replaced by growth
An alcohol, the same one found in alcoholic beverages.
A substitute for regular petroleum diesel.
17. Flex-fuel vehicles
vehicles that can run on either gasoline or E-85.
Electricity generated by the kinetic energy of moving water.
Where water is retained behind a low dam and runs through a channel before
Storing water in a reservoir behind a dam
Comes from the movement of water, although its generally driven by the pull of the moon
Active solar energy
capture the energy of sunlight by the use of technologies.
Photovoltaic solar cells
Capture energy from the sun as light, not heat, and convert it directly into electricity.
Concentrating solar thermal electricity generation (CST)
Large scale application of solar energy to electricity generation
Heat that comes from the natural radioactive decay of elements deep within the earth.
Ground source heat pumps
Takes the advantage of the high thermal inertia of the ground.
Energy used by harvesting wind
Converts the kinetic energy of moving air into electricity.
A device that operates much like a common battery, but with one key difference. In a battery, electricity is generated by a reaction between two chemical reactants, such as nickel and cadmium.
Where an electric current is applied to water to split it into hydrogen and oxygen.
An efficient, self regulating electricity distribution network that accepts any source of electricity and distributes it automatically to end users.