Is wind energy all it’s cracked up to be?


Is wind energy all it’s cracked up to be?

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As wind turbines becomes cheaper to manufacture and install, wind energy becomes a more popular source of electricity. In the last four years, it is estimated that the cost of wind energy has fallen by a whopping 43%. In some places in the world, it is now less costly than coal and natural gas, even without government subsidies.
 
In January, wind power made up all of 4.8% of the electricity used in the United States, which makes it the highest January on record for wind energy generation. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says that wind energy capacity grew from 25,000 megawatts (MW) to over 61,000 MW within 5 years, in the US alone; a 140% growth rate!
 
So what’s the big deal? Well if wind energy continues to perform at expected levels, it means the US will have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 100 million metric tons by the end of 2014. That’s the equivalent of 17 million cars being taken off the roads. It will also help to save tens of billions of gallons of water that would typically be consumed by conventional power plants. And we’re just talking about statistics in the US. This does not include all the other countries who are investing in wind energy.
 
If the world continues to invest in renewable energy sources, we can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of animals and plant-life by considerably cutting toxic emissions.
 
So why do you think there is so much opposition against wind energy, despite all of its glories? Leave a comment down below!
 

Posted By Sally on April 15, 2014 | 1 Comments

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  1. John Burke

    wind energy is great, that’s it that’s all

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