Renewable and Alternative Energy
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What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy is energy generated from natural resources—such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat—which are renewable (naturally replenished). Renewable energy technologies range from solar power, wind power, hydroelectricity/micro hydro, biomass and biofuels for transportation.
Penn State Extension Energy Programs
Extension educators and faculty are working on many fronts to evaluate energy alternatives, develop strategies for using energy more efficiently and to educate youth, citizens, farmers and policy makers about the complex issues related to alternative energy development and improving energy efficiency.
Penn State Energy News
Stakeholder assessment report on Penn State’s West Campus Steam Plan released
August 12, 2014In 2013, concern erupted and the decision was made to reroute a proposed natural gas pipeline, originally slated to go through State College’s Highlands Neighborhood, onto the University Park campus of Penn State to supply the West Campus Steam Plant with additional natural gas. At Penn State’s energy forum in September 2013, Denice Wardrop, director of Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, committed to conducting a stakeholder assessment about this process. The results of that assessment have been released and are available at sustainability.psu.edu.
Proposed State Rule Changes to Impact Renewable Energy
July 15, 2014Comments from public to be taken for a limited period
How Efficient is Your Farm?
July 14, 2014Penn State Extension Offering Free Energy Review