Mayor Ballard’s Office of Sustainability is committed to providing programs and incentives to promote the generation and use of renewable energy as an alternative to conventional energy sources. These programs and incentives are being developed with the goal of improved air quality and quality of life for all citizens.
What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy is energy that is generated from a natural, renewable source such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass or tidal. Renewable energy is known as green energy because its source is non-polluting, as well as sustainable for future generations.
Conventional sources of energy, such as fossil fuels and coal have several negative impacts on the environment because of the need to extract, refine and transport. Hydropower, which has been utilized in the United States for several decades, is renewable and nonpolluting but often not considered green due to the human, economic and environmental impacts of dam construction and maintenance.
Green energy utilizes the existing power grid infrastructure for transmission and investment in renewable energy production is increasing throughout the United States, making green energy an option for more and more businesses and homeowners. In recent years, Indiana has made strides toward providing more green sources of energy.
One option for homeowners in Indianapolis is to sign up for the Indianapolis Power and Light Green Power Option for Renewable Energy. Learn more.