International efforts, regulations and initiatives that have been created to foster the growth of renewable power technologies and clean-energy alternatives may be a powerful tool for addressing the current energy crisis. The ecological consequences of conventional energy sources, as well as the many economic issues that fossil fuels have created when it comes to meeting the needs of poorer regions and developing countries, has created a great deal of demand for more sustainable and affordable energy sources. Renewable resources, such as solar power and wind generated energy, have much to offer, and efforts to encourage their Read more »
The deregulation of the Texas energy market in 2002 has had a tremendous impact on the renewable energy sector, with a growing number of wind farms being established in the state. In fact, Texas is currently well on its way to meeting the state goal of generating at least 5,000 megawatts of power from renewable energy sources by 2015. Because of these developments, the state can expect to remain a national leader in the adoption of renewable energy for the foreseeable future.
The Impact of Deregulation
The 2002 deregulation established retail electric providers in order to provide consumers with an ability to choose from among a variety of power providers. This had the impact of not only driving the price of energy down due to competition between providers, but encouraged the private development of various types of renewable energy, most notably, wind power. As an example, the Anacacho, located near EaglePass, electricity-generating Wind Farm started operation in early 2013 and produces enough energy to support over 30,000 residences.
This growth in wind power farms has been produced by a market that now encourages private investment in alternative energy sources as a means of attracting consumer interest. In addition, a deregulated market has more freedom to quickly invest in promising technologies than a regulated market does. Not only does this assist in the development of new energy sources, it has helped make Texas very attractive to outside groups seeking to invest in business friendly market.
Texas is likely to continue to be a very friendly market for wind power. In addition to the economic benefits of decoupling the state from dependence on coal and other nonrenewable power sources, the environmental benefits of wind power are likely to become more attractive to consumers. The deregulated power market will allow consumers to choose to purchase power from those utilities that make use of environmentally friendly power sources. This is especially likely due to the fact that wind power is competitive with other sources of energy, making such a choice economically and environmentally attractive alike.
The impact of a deregulated energy market has resulted in a more competitive and environmentally responsible power sector in Texas. With continued interest in wind turbine farms, Texas is likely to continue to be at the forefront of the adoption of wind power. Finally, the development of an advanced wind power sector will help Texas businesses effectively compete with other power providers in national and foreign markets, further benefiting the economy.
Deregulation has been tremendously beneficial for Texans, whether they are involved in producing or consuming electricity. In addition to a more responsive and competitive market, deregulation has also helped spur the industrial sector in Texas, and helped open up new and profitable markets for the state’s businesses.
As fossil fuel energy prices continue to rise, alternative energy industries, like wind-energy, have experienced significant growth over the past decade.
By marketing wind energy as a cheap, clean, and reliable energy source these energy-technology companies achieved a 22 percent increase in commercial wind power installations. The expanding market has fostered the development of innovative and advanced products capable of meeting the growing energy needs.
Saphon Energy, a company based out of Tunisia, has developed zero blade technology that features improved efficiency and a lower cost than traditional three Read more »
Whether you’re living in the city or in a rural country area, wind turbines are a popular source of energy. Designed with the landscape in mind, these turbines can generate enough electricity to power an entire city with minimal impact.
Living green has become a way of life for many in today’s economy and green friendly residents. There is less impact on the environment and wind turbines don’t generate pollution that clouds up the air. Taking advantage of the lightest wind, wind turbines are the greenest source of energy.
Wind turbines have been Read more »
Although the initial damage to ocean species may be immediate and devastating, the lingering effects of an oil spill may continue for years. At first it will kill many fish, but oil will coat their habitat and destroy the tiny ocean species that the fish feed on.
Even after all the oil along the shore has been cleaned up, some oil will have seeped under the rocks or vegetation on the shore and can’t be seen by cleanup crews. Oil on the surface can clump together with floating vegetation such as kelp, then sink. Read more »
The lack of potable drinking water has
now become a world-wide crisis, especially in impoverished Third
World countries. Global climate change is in fact occurring, despite
the debate over whether it is anthropocentric (man-caused), or a
natural cyclical event. Drought conditions are affecting more
countries every day. Populations continue to expand, depleting what
was once a plentiful resource, healthy drinking water. Thus the
question now facing the entire global community, is how to avert a
global catastrophe and future water wars, Read more »
When we think of initiatives to keep our water clean, we may think of policies such as the Clean Water Act of 1972. Those measures are important but keeping water clean is something we all can participate in on a daily basis. Here are some personal initiatives that can be undertaken to promote clean water.
- Recycling items and properly disposing of garbage – Every bit of trash that can be recycled or at least properly disposed of is one less item that can find its way into the water supply. As anyone who Read more »