Renewable Sources of Electricity have Overtaken Nuclear Plants


    Renewable resources, the most common and efficient sources of energy have proved to be a boon for the people of the United States. After so long, for the first time, these resources will be used for generation of electricity and power. Formerly, artificially generated nuclear power plants acted as the main source of energy for the Americans.

    According to the Energy Information Administration of the United States, this has happened for the first time since 1984 that electricity has been produced from the conventional energy resources instead of the power plants. The department achieved this by designing and setting up various solar farms and wind turbines. They obtained the energy from these techniques. The amount of hydroelectric power also increased due to heavy rainfall and snowfall in the snowy regions.

    The majority of the electric supply that the US got last winter came from solar and the wind energy. As energy is obtained from these natural resources, construction of power plants and nuclear reactors are decreasing gradually from last few decades. Nuclear reactors have a huge cost. The requirement of electricity and power is more in off-seasons such as winter and spring seasons as compared to the summer season.

    It has a lot of maintenance and operation cost during these seasons as they stop working smoothly. Even though, after the use of such renewable resources, almost three-quarter region of the US makes use of electricity obtained by burning of fossil fuels, oils such as crude oil, coal, and natural gas.

    All the nuclear plants that were built in the year from 1970 to 1990 have begun to operate their machines from the recent years. Rest of the reactors that where been constructed long back before 1970 have been shut down recently. Still, the question arises that for how long these renewables can be used to generate electricity. At some of the time, we will again have to turn to the nuclear power plants.