The Future of Energy

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The Future of Energy
Tracy Kelly
Kaplan University SC300-09
November 23, 2013
Professor Catherine Palmer

The Future of Energy
              Energy is an important part of our everyday lives.   It is in everything we do and use as a force or form of activity.   Energy comes in different forms and has different purposes.   Energy is vital to survival.   It is used to light our homes, grow and cook food, for heat and air conditioning.
      “Energy can be converted from one form of use to another form depending on the need.   To better understand energy, one needs to know what it is and where it comes from” (Kelly, 2011).   There are two types of energy – renewable and nonrenewable.   The difference between the two is vital to survival.
      “Renewable resources come from the sun, rain, and wind.   They are the purest and most abundant on the Earth.   These are clean alternatives that will never run out and produce minimal if any pollution or greenhouse gases” (Kelly, 2011). Renewable energy is very resourceful and is able to be used because it is all around us there will not be a shortage of material and it is safer on every living thing and being.
      Some challenges with using and managing these renewable energy alternatives are maintenance expense/cost factors and utilization.   Many people are not able to afford the expense of converting to renewable energy.   Many do not have the land to install, or may be prohibited by law on the installation of a wind mill.   Also there is the challenge with lack of wind or too much wind which could cause injury to flying animals/objects.   Solar panels are expensive and not efficient if one is not able to obtain enough sunlight.
      Nonrenewable energy resources are coal, oil, and natural gas, also known as fossil fuels.   Three common challenges while managing nonrenewable energy resources are the cost of