The promise of developing better energy has been a major issue in political campaigns and in the media over the last decade, but most of those who use the term “better energy” use it to mean many different things . . . and sometimes it’s used in a misleading way. So what does better energy really mean?
When better energy is mentioned, most think of low cost energy, which encompasses low cost energy sources and low cost production methods. In this category, one can find both conventional fossil fuels (like coal) and nuclear power as well as renewable energy types, like wind, solar and geothermal energy. If you would like to know more about low cost energy, you can visit LowCostEnergy.com
One type of energy is better than another if its production can be sustainable into the future. Oil, due to its well-known supply shocks and unstable production regions is considered an unsustainable energy source. Renewable energy sources like wind, water, solar power or geothermal energy, on the other hand, are considered sustainable in the long as they are self replenishing natural sources.
The environmental impact of certain energy production methods makes one type of energy better than another. Fossil fuel energies can offer cheaper and more abundant energy sources like coal, but their environmental impact (a higher emission of CO2 gases) makes them less environmentally friendly. Alternative energy types like wind, solar, hydroelectric energy and geothermal energy are also known to be environmentally friendly (green energies) and have been considered better energy types than conventional fossil fuels.
Future developments in the field of energy production offer two potential benefits – minimizing the environmental damage that conventional energy types have, and also making production techniques for renewable energy more cost effective.