First alternative energy sources create several benefits. Renewable energy development may create quality jobs as well as promote economic development. This is important for rural areas. If it is used to diversify utility resource portfolios, alternative energy technologies will provide a hedge against rising fuel prices and can be valuable risk management tools. Especially in our geopolitical climate today.
While sometimes renewable energy resources are not available (for example if the wind does not always blow or the sun does not always shine), the technologies are very reliable when the “fuel” is available. In this regard, they can add to the reliability of the electricity grid, especially for businesses in which power outages are extremely costly. The more options the better. Thinking about alternative energy can lead us to new perspectives. We have to think outside the box. If we look at things with unprejudiced eyes, we will see that alternative fuel makes perfect sense
At the point of use, solar and wind technologies are completely emissions-free. This makes them extremely attractive from an environmental standpoint. An additional environmental benefit could be the “brightfields” concept: that is installing clean energy technology-related businesses in environmentally blighted areas (brownfields).
Finally, selected applications of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies can enhance the disaster resiliency of communities and individual structures. For example, roof- or skid-mounted solar electric systems can provide needed power to hospitals, fire stations, police departments, gas stations, national guard armories, etc. in the sunny days that follow destructive storms. This is especially important with the severe weather that the US has experienced lately.