Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Renewable Energy Definition:

Electrical energy derived from naturally occurring resources and which do not deplete the source as energy is produced.

Title 42 of the United States Code, Chapter 149 (National Energy Policy and Programs), §15852(b)(2):

"The term renewable energy means electric energy generated from solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas, ocean (including tidal, wave, current, and thermal), geothermal, municipal solid waste, or new hydroelectric generation capacity achieved from increased efficiency or additions of new capacity at an existing hydroelectric project."

Another sample statutory definition is the Renewable Energy Act of Prince Edward Island. The 2011 version of the statute does not define renewable energy but does define renewable energy source as follows, at  §1(1)(u):

"Renewable energy source means any source of renewable energy from which electric energy may be generated and includes the sun, the wind, flowing water (and) organic material."


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