Clean energy provides energy without polluting the air or contributing to climate change. It comes from renewable, sustainable sources. Solar, wind, geothermal, and hydrologic are types of clean energy.
What are the benefits of clean energy?
Right now, our global energy system relies on burning wood, organic matter, or fossil fuels. Burning these carbon-based substances pollutes the air and drives climate change. Increasing clean energy decreases pollution and improves health on a local, regional, national, and global scale.
Clean energy is also good for our economy. Power from renewable sources, like solar and wind, is now cheaper than power from new fossil fuels. Cheaper power sources mean more opportunity for economic growth.
What you can do.
We’ve been working for more than a decade to get laws and rules in place to cut climate pollution by increasing the clean energy powering our grid—and in August 2022, we had a stunning victory. On August 16, President Joe Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes historic investments in clean energy, clean cars, and clean air. This is a turning point. Learn more about this legislation.