Re: What - Intelligent Thought?
On Feb 12, 8:12 am, "Tom Kunich" <cyclintom@yahoo. com> wrote:
> Here's a clue Henry - if you don't understand what you're talking about
> perhaps you ought to study the subject beyond a wikipedia entry.
It's from the Department of Energy. They know more about it than you.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Wind Energy
Wind energy offers many advantages, which explains why it's the
fastest-growing energy source in the world. Research efforts are
at addressing the challenges to greater use of wind energy.
Wind energy is fueled by the wind, so it's a clean fuel source. Wind
energy doesn't pollute the air like power plants that rely on
combustion of fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas. Wind
don't produce atmospheric emissions that cause acid rain or
Wind energy is a domestic source of energy, produced in the United
States. The nation's wind supply is abundant.
Wind energy relies on the renewable power of the wind, which can't be
used up. Wind is actually a form of solar energy; winds are caused by
the heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the rotation of the earth,
and the earth's surface irregularities.
Wind energy is one of the lowest-priced renewable energy technologies
available today, costing between 4 and 6 cents per kilowatt-hour,
depending upon the wind resource and project financing of the
Wind turbines can be built on farms or ranches, thus benefiting the
economy in rural areas, where most of the best wind sites are found.
Farmers and ranchers can continue to work the land because the wind
turbines use only a fraction of the land. Wind power plant owners
rent payments to the farmer or rancher for the use of the land.
Wind power must compete with conventional generation sources on a
basis. Depending on how energetic a wind site is, the wind farm may
may not be cost competitive. Even though the cost of wind power has
decreased dramatically in the past 10 years, the technology requires
higher initial investment than fossil-fueled generators.
The major challenge to using wind as a source of power is that the
wind is intermittent and it does not always blow when electricity is
needed. Wind energy cannot be stored (unless batteries are used); and
not all winds can be harnessed to meet the timing of electricity
Good wind sites are often located in remote locations, far from
where the electricity is needed.
Wind resource development may compete with other uses for the land
those alternative uses may be more highly valued than electricity
Although wind power plants have relatively little impact on the
environment compared to other conventional power plants, there is
concern over the noise produced by the rotor blades, aesthetic
(visual) impacts, and sometimes birds have been killed by flying into
the rotors. Most of these problems have been resolved or greatly
reduced through technological development or by properly siting wind