Target: Steven Chu, United States Secretary of Energy
Goal: Support continued investment in renewable energy throughout the United States
According to a report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), over 80 percent of new electrical power sources developed this year came from renewable energy. This includes water, wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass projects. Of more than 1,500 megawatts (MW) of new energy, 340 MW have been sourced from natural gas. The number of renewable resources put to use this quarter is three times what it was last year.
According to environmental news site Greener Ideal, wind has been the most popular source of power this year, constituting 60 percent of new renewable energy resources. Solar power has also proven itself popular, mostly due to increased manufacturing of solar panels. Biomass, although gaining interest among supporters, has been less popular than other renewable resources so far.
Thanks to new innovations and an increased public demand for renewable resources, sustainable power is now responsible for nearly 16 percent of total energy used in the US. Overall, water constitutes 8.5 percent of this number, followed by wind at five percent, biomass at 1.3 percent, solar at .4 percent, and geothermal at .3 percent.
Unfortunately, coal power alone makes up about 29 percent of energy usage in the United States. Nuclear power is responsible for just over 9 percent of energy used, with oil making up 3.5 percent. Natural gas is responsible for the remaining 42 percent. Urge the US Department of Energy to continue investment in renewable power so that we may reverse these numbers and make sustainable energy the most common type of energy in America.
Dear Mr. Chu,
The United States has taken a strong stance in favor of renewable energy this quarter. Over 80 percent of new energy sources developed so far this year are sustainable, derived from wind, water, solar, geothermal, and biomass technologies. However, the overall ratio of renewable energy to unsustainable power usage is much different. While 16 percent of America’s power is derived from renewable sources, an improved number over recent years, coal alone is responsible for 29 percent of US energy. This shows that we still have a long way to go in order to become a truly sustainable country. In order to be leaders and innovators, we must reverse these numbers so that renewable resources are truly dominant.
Continued federal investment in renewable energy is essential to make this goal a reality. Although solar power has proven extremely popular this year, due mostly to a dramatic increase in solar panel production, it still only accounts for .4 percent of of America’s overall energy production. I urge you to increase investment in renewable resources so that they become the dominant form of energy in America.
[Your Name Here]
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