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

Renewable energy is derived from power sources that don't run out, such as wind, water, and solar power. Non-renewable energy, on the other hand, is finite. The three main non-renewable sources of energy are coal, oil, and natural gas.

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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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