Implementation of Alternate Energy – The Role of the Government

However much the people of America may appreciate the need to switch over to alternate energy sources, it cannot become a reality unless the federal, state and local governments work in conjunction to make several mandatory programs. These include that all homes that are under construction or being remodeled must use alternative energy sources. Ultimately a time would come when all homes as well as corporate buildings would use alternate energies for 100% of their energy needs. The other important mandate that is expected from the government is that all new vehicles built in this nation must be hybrid and be powered by hydrogen fuel cells by the year 2020. 

Such mandatory compliance from the citizens would only see the light of the day if the government enforced laws on construction and utility providers. The government should also ensure that all the utility companies in the 50 states of this country, invest in the research and development of alternate energy as well as buy back at reasonable rate all the excess energy produced by homeowners using alternate energy resources. All new start up companies engaged in producing alternate energies should be given attractive incentives for their effort in developing green energies. With these mandatory programs in place, the country would have three major benefits: it would become self reliant in alternate energies faster; the economy would get a fresh stimulus for growth; the initiatives would create immense number of jobs for the people.  

The government would have to pay equal attention to the several sectors within alternate energy industry: in the generation of different types of energies including solar, wind, hydroelectric, biofuel, geothermal and atomic; its storage systems like more efficient batteries and hydrogen fuel cells; and, development of infrastructures. All these efforts should ultimately result in more affordable prices and easier usability of alternate energies. Yet, we would remain where we are now, without government help.