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How can the United States advance alternative energy options?

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Posted Date: 05/23/2016

Recently, Germany produced enough energy from alternative sources (the sun and wind) that it briefly covered a majority of the country's energy consumption. In fact, Germany had to pay people to use the energy! How can the United States advance alternative energy options to achieve similar results?

Wind Turbines. (Joshua Winchell/USFWS)

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It's not just Germany ... recently, Portugal's electricity was provided via renewable or alternative energy for 107 hours (http://www.techtimes.com/articles/160328/20160523/portugal-runs-entirely...). As other countries achieve this, it seems an accomplishable goal for the United States. Breaking up the challenge into a city-by-city approach will allow the U.S. to slowly reduce reliance on non-renewable sources.

In order to advance alternative energy options, we need to have an infrastructure that supports alternative energy means. Microgrids set up to support small towns or neighborhoods can alleviate energy demands from large systems. Providing renewable energy sources such as solar and wind to subsidize energy into the microgrids will bring us closer to advancing alternative energy options.