Sustainable energy is the provision of energy such that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs as defined by Science Direct. This means that sustainable energy is power which is able to be replenished within a human lifetime and so cause no long-term damage to the environment. Sustainable energy sources produce little to no global warming emissions. Even when including “life cycle” outpouring of renewable energy the global warming emissions associated with renewable energy are minimal. “Environmentally sensitive energy management tries to minimize the adverse impacts in an equitable manner between different groups, in the most cost-effective ways.” Mentioned in Janos Pasztor in her journal article Toward sustainable energy futures, vol 1, No 1. (pg. 92).
A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gases primarily carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by human activity. A carbon footprint can be a broad measure or be applied to the actions of an individual, an event, a family, an organization, or even an entire nation as defined by takepart.com. From the late 1800’s until present day, petroleum, fossil fuels coal, and natural gas have been the major sources of energy. “The push has been on for the last decade to get more island nations to embrace renewable energy as a replacement for diesel. Hydropower and solid biomass were the most used renewable energy resources until the 1990s. Since then, the shares of U.S. energy consumption from biofuels, solar, and wind energy have increased. Grand Bahama is a perfect place to introduce renewable energy because of the flat land, water currents, sunlight and wind speeds.
Solar farms or community solar has taken off in recent years as more homeowners have come to realized that they can go solar without putting solar panels on their own physical roof. Grand Bahama has lots of flat land and receives tons of sunlight almost every day, with the tremendous growth in wind energy in the past decade Grand Bahama should jump on board. Wind turns the propeller-like blades of a turbine around a rotor, which spins a generator, which creates electricity. Energy generation is conventionally seen as mechanical engineering, independent of natural systems. The interrogated approach also looks at how power production affects landscapes. Human facilities for generating energy consumes large areas of landscape, taking space and resources from other uses.
Renewable energy should be introduced to the Bahamas on a main scale level to better all Bahamians in my opinion. The Bahamian people should be the ones who mainly care about introducing renewable energy forms to the country because we have had major power outages due to horrific hurricanes in are past and are nations capital now has power outages almost every day. The island of Grand Bahama would greatly benefit from the introduction of sustainable energy forms by the amount of jobs that will be provided to complete the sustainable energy fields such as solar fields or Wind turbines and the construction of hydroelectric fields.
On December 5th, 2019 I interviewed Mr. Cargo from the Port Authority on my topic sustainable energy and reducing the carbon footprint and had specific questions on it. Questions such as do you think hydroelectricity would be a good introduction into Grand Bahama and why? His response was shocking but understandable “Depending on the design obviously I think a lot of it is current influenced and the tradeoffs might be a bit to great”. The island of Grand Bahama and Abaco has recently been hit with a catastrophic hurricane named Dorian. The aftermath of the storm was horrible leaving stores to close their doors for good and adding on to the already hard economy. With less and less jobs people will not be able to survive on the island soon which is why I think introducing these renewable energy forms will be good for people out of work. The Bahamas mainly the island of Grand Bahama is in a stage of lack of jobs so renewable energy introduction would not be all in all a bad idea. Of course, many will probably disagree on the grounds that the cost of these forms of renewable energy will be expensive and to maintain them will be as well.
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