Local Renewable Energy Cooperatives
What is Local Renewable Energy? It is energy derived from renewable energy sources like the wind and sun, which are considered to be a form of living energy. Local green power is not like Global Warming, as it does not result in the atmosphere being battered by the same amount of energy. A perfect balance of green power is maintained between the two main sources so that we can continue with our way of life without having any negative impact on the environment. This is one of the major benefits of this form of green power.
How do the local governments provide support for renewable power plants?
These types of power plants require a considerable amount of financial support from various governments. Most of the governments have a committee that focuses on evaluating the feasibility of new installations of green power in the community. The evaluation reports are then sent to the local governments so that they can take the necessary steps to ensure that there are proper transmission lines to provide green power to the residents of the area. The major steps taken by most of the local governments include issuing a request for a proposal to build the plant and inviting bids from the different companies providing the service. Several companies specialize in providing local renewable energy for the community.
One of the major advantages of using renewable power
is that it provides the residents of the community with substantial savings. One of the major reasons why people turn to renewable energy sources is because it is a low-cost source of power. The use of renewable energy reduces the cost of doing things since the need for fossil fuel is reduced. For instance, the installation of solar panels reduces the costs of cooling and heating water, since the sun’s rays are used to produce heat and the water is used for washing and other domestic purposes.
Another advantage of using on-site renewable resources
is that it creates fewer pollutants. The process of utilizing these renewable resources results in minimal pollution, as there is no emission of greenhouse gases or particulate matter. This allows the people living in the locality to enjoy clean and healthy air, free from all the harmful particles and substances polluting the environment. Some of the common on-site renewable resources being used by the local governments include wind energy, solar energy, and hydroelectric energy. All the local governments encourage the utilization of these on-site renewable resources, which are generated locally.
The local governments also set up feed-in tariffs
for households having on-site renewable resources. These tariffs are designed to encourage people to use renewable sources of electricity and create their own electricity through various methods. Usually, the feed-in tariff charged by the local government differs from one area to another, based on the type of renewable energy being used in that particular area. It is estimated that around 5 million homes in the UK have come into existence thanks to these feed-in tariffs, which were implemented by the UK government.
A wide range of such initiatives
has been launched over the past few years by various governmental as well as non-governmental organizations. One of the most important of such initiatives is the “Feed-in Tariffs” which aim at encouraging the utilization of local renewable energy. These feed-in tariffs are normally supported by utility companies. But, they need the support of a majority of the homeowners who have installed the local renewable energy initiatives. Such initiatives are supported by several social groups.