What is Renewable Energy?
Keene's Sustainable Energy Resolution commits to a 100 percent renewable energy transition. All electricity used in Keene will come from renewables by 2030, and all energy used for heating, cooling, and transportation will come from renewables by 2050.
Based on feedback received so far, the ECC Committee recommends defining "renewable" energy specifically as green power sources that have the most environmental benefits and the fewest adverse impacts. Share feedback below on how Keene should define renewable. We're accepting feedback until August 31, 2020.
Renewable energy sources are those that restore themselves. Green power is a subset of renewable energy. It's usually defined as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and small hydroelectric sources. These energy sources have the highest environmental benefit with the fewest adverse impacts.
While all green power is renewable energy, not all renewable energy is considered green power. Large scale hydropower, for example, has impacts on fisheries and land use. For this reason, Keene considers large hydropower to renewable but not "green."