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Electrical power and renewable energy

The subject of electrical power can be analysed in several ways: this briefing sheet is split up thematically. Firstly, distribution: however electrical power is generated, if this is not done locally it must be distributed, requiring solutions both technical and managerial. Secondly, conserving energy and maximising the efficiency of its use are also important - reducing the amount of energy required by the end-users is an important part of an energy strategy. Finally, there are various methods of generating electricity in the first place, each with advantages and disadvantages and different implications for costs, space and resources needed.

There is an increasing interest in non-traditional ways of generating energy, particularly using renewable resources (especially instead of coal, oil or gas) and there are sections on wind energy, solar power and on biomass.

The following lists are not intended to be comprehensive they are intended as a starting point for further investigation:

Renewable energy:

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