Pros and Cons to different Energy Sources

by admin on November 11, 2010

In today’s world, there are several sources for electricity, and debates continue as to which one we should use.

Coal was used in the early days, but the argument against that is it’s dirty and is bad for the environment.

Oil is extremely popular, and likely the most controversial. There are areas that have an abundance supply of it, but some don’t want to drill there because, like coal, they say it’s bad for the environment.

Another traditional source is wind-powered energy. However, some say a disadvantage is that it’s too reliable on the weather, and a bad storm can ruin them.

With all that said, we’ve established the fact we have a few sources of energy, each with pros and cons. Now let’s go more in depth with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Pros for coal energy:

  • Coal power plants are some of the cheapest sources of electricity.
  • Even to this day, coal is a common means to many countries around the world, and many people have easy access to it.
  • It’s reliable. In fact, 49.8 percent of electricity in the United States is generated by coal. It has worked for several years, and continues to work today.

Cons for coal energy:

  • Again the argument against coal energy is that it’s dirty and pollutes the environment.
  • When used by the older power plants, it often takes longer, thus using more energy to burn the coal.
  • It can’t be reused.
  • Many people believe it will eventually run out.

Pros for oil energy:

  • It’s easy to store and transport.
  • It’s relatively cheap when taking from the ground.
  • Many countries have easy access to it.
  • It’s easy to refine.

Cons for oil powered energy:

  • Like coal, it’s not considered the cleanest source.
  • It requires drilling, and many people argue it’s bad for the environment.

Pros for wind energy:

  • When houses using other sources of energy lose power during a storm, those who use wind energy will still have their power.
  • It requires less maintenance.
  • It’s obviously very clean.

Cons for wind energy:

  • They can be damaged during thunderstorms, especially if they’re tall.
  • They work best near oceans or other bodies of water, and where it’s most windy. Byond that, they number of homes/building they supply electricity to is limited.
  • Many people will argue they keep the air cleaner than other sources.

There are a few other sources for electricity, but these are the main ones, and two things will always remain the same: We will always need electricity and people will continue to debate how we should go about getting it.

Different electric companies have sources of their own. They also have rates of their own, and Discount Electricity allows you to shop, compare and choose your own rate and company.

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