Understanding Clean Energy Options

Clean energy means cleaner air. The American Lung Association supports the use of alternative power sources because they can greatly reduce the amount of unhealthy air pollution released into the atmosphere each year. These alternatives produce less pollution for healthier air.




Natural Gas


Harnessing the Power of Wind

Wind power captures the energy in blowing wind and transforms it into usable, clean electricity. This electricity source avoids tapping fossil fuel resources, environmentally damaging practices, and release of combustion pollutants.

Check out the environmental benefits of wind energy over conventional electricity generation.

  • Reduces dependence on fossil fuels or nuclear power
  • Renewable resource, never ending supply of wind
  • Improved air quality
  • Made locally, and energy produced can be shared on a grid

In 2020, wind is the largest source of renewable electricity in the country with “over 60,000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 111,808 MW operating across 41 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.” (Source: American Wind Energy Association)

For more information on wind energy, visit the American Wind Energy Association or the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.

Reliable, viable energy from the sun

Solar power uses the sun’s energy to produce heat, light and power with little to no environmental impacts. Through advanced solar panel technologies, the sun is a reliable and viable power source. Solar energy offers these environmental benefits over conventional electricity:

  • Reduces dependence on fossil fuels or nuclear power
  • Renewable resource
  • Improves air quality and has zero emissions
  • Made locally without the use of environmentally damaging resources

For more information on solar energy, visit the US Department of Energy – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.

Cleaner Burning Heating Oil

BIOHEAT® blends ultra-low sulfur heating oil with biodiesel to create a cleaner burning fuel for comfortable, reliable and efficient home heating. BIOHEAT contains blends of 5% biodiesel up to 20% and higher. Blends must meet rigid specifications set by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM).

BIOHEAT offers these advantages over traditional heating oil:

  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 86% compared with traditional heating oil
  • Renewable fuel made from soybean oil, used cooking oil and other fats and oils
  • Comparable in cost with traditional heating oil
  • Tax and other financial incentives in some areas

Learn more at mybioheat.com.


Renewable Natural Gas

Also known as biogas, renewable natural gas (RNG) is produced from gaseous byproducts during organic matter decomposition. After processing to remove impurities, RNG can replace traditional natural gas for generating electricity and heat. This form of RNG is known as biomethane.

RNG offers these advantages as an energy source:

  • Comparable to traditional natural gas
  • Produced from a variety of renewable biomass sources through anaerobic digestion, or through thermochemical means
  • Means of breaking down solid organic waste materials from landfills, livestock operations, wastewater treatment plants, food manufacturing and other facilities

For more about renewable natural gas, visit the Alternative Fuels Data Center.

Renewable Propane

Renewable propane is made from readily available materials, such as used cooking oil, animal fats and agricultural waste products, rather than fossil fuels. It’s often a co-product of biodiesel and renewable diesel production.

Renewable propane offers these advantages as an energy source:

  • Renewable propane is identical to traditional propane in terms of chemical structure and physical properties
  • Performance metrics are similar to those of traditional propane
  • Converting animal fats and used cooking oil into renewable propane reduces the amount of material entering our landfills

For more about renewable propane, visit propane.com or the National Propane Gas Association.

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