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What is the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy sources?

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fjnfkbjnkgjdf | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 5, 2009 at 1:24 AM via web

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What is the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy sources?

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robertwilliam | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted January 5, 2009 at 1:28 AM (Answer #1)

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Renewable energy sources are ones which don't run out - which can be renewed. We can keep using them and using them, and we'll never run out. Examples of renewable sources include wind, water power (hydroelectric), and solar power (light from the sun).

Non-renewable energy sources are ones which do run out. As we use them to generate energy, they get used up, and can't be used a second time. There are three main non-renewable energy sources, which are fast running out: coal, oil and natural gas.

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leevias | Honors

Posted January 6, 2009 at 2:38 AM (Answer #2)

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Renewable energy sources include solar, wind, geothermal energy. The simple meaning of renewable energy is energy derived from natural sources. We have unlimited supply of these sources and we can generate energy from them. They do not produce green house gasses that harm our planet. That’s why renewable energy is called “clean energy”.

Non renewable energy sources include coal, oil and natural gas. We have limited supply of these sources and we are running out of them. They produce gas emissions that harm our planet.

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arrellbelle | Student, College Sophomore | Valedictorian

Posted June 7, 2014 at 6:32 PM (Answer #4)

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Essentially, the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy is that renewable energy can be used over and over again. Whereas, non-renewable energy is energy that cannot be used again once it is used.

So examples of renewable energy can be sunlight, water, and air.

Examples of non-renewable energy can be gas, coal, and oil.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 12, 2014 at 1:33 AM (Answer #5)

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Well the main difference between renewable and non-renewable energy is renewable energy can be reused like the same states, but non-renewable energy something that cannot be reused once it has depleted. For example, renewable energy would be items such as air, water, soil, the sun since those can be reused. Non-renewable can be minerals, coals, fossil fuels

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user9733986 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM (Answer #6)

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renewable energy sources are one which can be used again and again whereas non-renewable  sources of energy are those which run out one day and cannot be used again and again

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 5, 2009 at 1:41 AM (Answer #3)

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Basically, humans use lots of energy for heating, lighting, movement, machines, etc etc. That energy has to come from an energy source.  Some sources are renewable, some sources are non-renenwable.

Generally speaking, Non-renewable sources are fossil fuels. These come from underground and are Coal, Oil and Gas. There is a fixed amouint of coal oil and gas in the world and when we have used it all, there is no more. We cannot 're-new' them.

Renewable sources are energy sources that will not run out. They can be used 'forever'. They include Solar Energy; Wind Energy; Wave Energy; Geothermal energy.

Fossil Fuel cause lots of pollution. Renewable energy sources don't cause pollution.

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