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Alternative Energy

Alternatives to fossil fuel energy include wind, solar, geothermal, water power, and biomass. These renewable energy sources already provide nearly 11 percent of the energy that New Yorkers use for transportation, space heating, industrial processes and electric power, according to NYSERDA and the Federal Department of Energy (offsite links at right). Renewables have the potential to meet as much as 40 percent of energy New York's needs by 2030. The average growth rate of renewable energy consumption in the United States from 2003 to 2007 was 3%, while the average growth rate of total energy consumption was 1%. Alternative energy sources can provide organizations with clean energy, that will eventually save them money and ultimately lead to a greener planet.