Land-based wind turbines generate some of the cheapest electricity on the planet using a free energy supply. And, since the power provided by wind turbines is sold at a set price for a long period of time, there are no sudden price changes that often impact the energy generated by fossil fuels.
FREMONT, CA: It is no secret that the world needs renewable and clean energy sources. Fossil fuels pollute, are detrimental to the atmosphere, and run out easily, so we need replacements. Of all those that are being created - solar, hydro, geothermal - none, possibly, has more capacity to provide the power we need than to harness the power of the wind.
Wind energy has also made a crucial contribution to our energy needs through wind turbines and wind farms. With new technologies, the windmills have been turned into electricity behemoths that help fuel the grids of nations all over the globe. So, what are the benefits of electricity generated by wind power?
There are two important risks to the use of fossil fuels for the resources. One being that they are a scarce resource and, in maybe as little as 70 years, they will actually not be available to humanity. The second is more unfortunate: the tremendous amount of waste that is generated by their use. Particulates, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide are the primary sources of greenhouse gasses, smog and acid rain, leading to many health, environmental and economic issues. Wind energy generates no pollution.
Never can the wind run out. The technology, will enhance and the current wind turbines may be overridden by more even better units, but the wind will always be there. The source of wind power from the wind is inexhaustible. The fact that it is sustainable and green is why it is our consumers' key option of renewable energy that we buy.
Land-based wind turbines generate some of the cheapest electricity on the planet using a free energy supply. And, since the power provided by wind turbines is sold at a set price for a long period of time, there are no sudden price changes that often impact the energy generated by fossil fuels. Power generation is not getting any cheaper.
While retaining a similar footprint, wind turbines are becoming both larger and more powerful. Each current generation is capable of supplying sufficient power for 600 typical U.S. homes based on electricity generated in a single year of usage. These larger turbines have to be more common, but for other items like food production, the land between them can be used. They could be even more effective than solar farms for this purpose.