By definition, a renewable energy source is one that does not give off greenhouse emissions. However, this only tells part of the story, as often there must be some sort of initial investment into these energies, like building turbines and solar panels, or even the dynamos for hydro electric and geothermal. In such a case, the government tracks the type of power and how much is being used in the processing plants themselves, many of which ar enot yet running fully on their own renewable energy sources. However, these plants are tracked no differently than any other plant, using things like TEAL and other programs to caculate the effects on the environment.
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