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Choices for a Brighter Future

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Golden, Colo., Nov. 12, 1999 - More and more Americans are getting the power to choose electricity suppliers as the utility industry is deregulated and reorganized. Those energy choices can affect health and well-being for many decades to come.

Renewable energy sources—solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydropower—can provide reliable electricity while reducing environmental concerns. But many Americans don't understand how renewable resources can be harnessed to provide them with a clean, never-ending source of energy.

A new 32-page booklet from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges surrounding the greater use of renewable energy in the United States. Choices for a Brighter Future: Perspectives on Renewable Energy looks at the use of renewable energy in eight regions of the nation, plus Alaska and Hawaii, because each area has its own energy needs, electrical system constraints, policy issues, and environmental concerns.

The booklet also discusses the implications of the emerging competitive market for electricity and the policy options that would support the use of renewable energy.

Choices for a Brighter Future: Perspectives on Renewable Energy, funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Power Technologies, is available to the public from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), U.S. Department of Commerce, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161, (800) 553-6847 or (703) 605-6000.

CLEAN ENERGY FOR THE 21st CENTURY

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