In recent decades, alternative energy has become a hot topic among all types of professionals, from politicians to researchers and engineers. Concerns over the potential change in climate due to the usage of fossil fuels continue to push the development of renewable and sustainable energy. Fossil fuels remain the number one source of power production in the United States, making up nearly 70% of all 4.062 trillion kWh produced in 2005. Other sources include hydro and nuclear power, making up approximately 6% and 21% respectively, with less than 3% attributed to other sources. However, the amount of power made by wind energy in the United States has increased.
Wind Energy In The US Energy Production
Wind energy, part of the 3% attributed to other sources mentioned earlier, was responsible for the production 17.8 billion kWh of electricity in 2005, nearly 0.4% of all the power produced that year in the United States. Overseas, in countries like Denmark, up to 20% of the production is generated through wind energy. Wind energy has great potential for providing a significant share of the United States energy production. According to research by Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, wind energy has the potential to supply 20% of the nation’s energy. This is backed by experiences in other nations in Europe, where, at certain times of the year, up to 100% of a system’s energy is generated through wind power. Wind energy also has the potential to revitalize the economy of rural communities, where landowners can earn a steady income through leasing or royalties. In order for wind energy to reach its full potential, the government needs to provide consistent policy support and non-discriminatory access to transmission lines. There has also been an increasing number of wind energy farms in the midwest.
Is Wind Energy In the United States Worth It
Wind energy in the United States would be one of the tamest, cleanest, and safest alternative power technologies available. Wind farms have a very little environmental impact and most of the technical issues with wind turbines have been eliminated over the years with better engineering. For example, improved aerodynamic design helped minimize the noise issues faced by earlier turbines. Some issues, such as erosion and blades throwing ice hazards can be diminished with proper installation. Moreover, concerns over bird kills have been proven to be minuscule, especially when put in perspective next to other human-related sources of avian deaths such as buildings, communication towers, vehicles, and pesticides. There remain some subjective issues, such as the visual impact of wind turbines (so-called “horizon pollution”)–some like and others dislike the appearance of wind turbines. If you read our post on advantages and disadvantages of wind energy, you will understand more about whether wind energy is worth it.