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Running head: RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY 1
Renewable Energy Technology
Vanessa McAndrew
Capella University

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RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY 2
Renewable energy technology
Introduction
The term renewable energy refers to those sources of energy that come from natural
sources. That is, the existence of such sources of energy does not require the efforts of man.
Some of these sources include the wind, sunlight, geothermal heat, rain, and tides. To convert
these sources into real energy that can be used by human beings, it is important to have in place a
piece of technology that would be used to make these sources into states where they can easily
be utilized by man. Hydroelectricity is a technology that is used to convert the energy from water
tides into a state that allows it to be used by individuals, families, and industries. The presence of
the technology brings in the economic factors that surround the source of energy. In that regard,
this paper examines the economic issues that surround hydroelectricity and the environmental
benefits that come with it.
The economic problems associated with hydroelectric
9.8% of America's energy is obtained from hydropower. That is far much less than the
amount that is produced by coal at 55%. One of the factors that are always considered very
seriously when selecting the choice of energy is the cost of production (Singal et al, 2010). For a
source to be relied upon, it must be in a position to produce benefits that will outweigh the costs.
However, the problem with hydroelectricity is that it costs a lot of money to construct. For
instance, in most cases, there is a need to build a dam which is very expensive. In the United
States, the cost of producing hydroelectricity is about 0.85 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Since
volume to be created is huge, a lot of money will be pumped to make this a reality. Additionally,
these figures do not put into consideration those costs that were incurred in the construction of
the dams. Should these numbers be broken down, they may be much higher than they appear

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Running head: RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY Renewable Energy Technology Vanessa McAndrew Capella University 1 RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY 2 Renewable energy technology Introduction The term renewable energy refers to those sources of energy that come from natural sources. That is, the existence of such sources of energy does not require the efforts of man. Some of these sources include the wind, sunlight, geothermal heat, rain, and tides. To convert these sources into real energy that can be used by human beings, it is important to have in place a piece of technology that would be used to make these sources into states where they can easily be utilized by man. Hydroelectricity is a technology that is used to convert the energy from water tides into a state that allows it to be used by individuals, families, and industries. The presence of the technology brings in the economic factors that surround the source of energy. In that regard, this paper examines the economic issues that surround hydroelectricity and the environmental benefits that come with it. The economic problems associated with hydroelectric 9.8% of America's energy is obtained from hydropower. That is far much less than the amount that is produced by coal at 55%. One of the factors that are always considered very seriously when selecting the choice of energy is the cost of production (Singal et al, 2010). For a source to be relied upon, it must be in a position to produce benefits that will outweigh the cost ...
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