WIND POWER :ALTERNATIVE ENERGIESBy Olivia Jenkins
Wind energy is a formof solar energy, which ofcourse, means it’srenewable.Fortunately, wind doesnot need to beproduced, unlikeethanol. So there willalways be a constantsupply. One con to windenergy is that it is quiteexpensive to set up.However, after theprimary investment andstartup costs it isactually an economicalform of electricitygeneration to maintain.
In 2005, Germany was the lead country in using wind energy, with the United States as the third leading country. The Department of Energy stated that “offshore wind farms couldprovide enough energy to power the entire nation”. This means that we’ve barely even touchedthis field of energy! This could easily become an affordable way to power our homes and cities across the country. Maybe even across the world!As of 2003, wind power was the fastest growing In 2005, wind accounted for 1% of the totalform of electricity generation on a percentage electricity production in the worldbasis in the U.S.
In Denmark, wind power nowproduces approximately 20%of the countrys electricityconsumption, and in recentsurveys, 90% of the citizenswanted more wind turbinesinstalled. What we are startingto see through all the recentsurveys and tests is thatpeople have not taken windenergy seriously enough!There is a substantial amountof energy that can begenerated through windturbines. Until we finallyrealize that wind power is adiamond in the rough, we willstill struggle with oureconomy!
HOW? ANEnergies says, “Wind turbines catch kinetic energy in the wind and transform it in to electric power in modern wind turbines. Wind turbines produce green energy, since wind is a renewable source and don’t need any fuel transport that can be hazardous to the environment. It does not create air pollution or leave contaminating waste behind.”
According to this little chart, wind energy has been noticed as a pure,economical treasure! In 2011, America surpassed Germany and tooksecond place in the world in greatest utilization of wind energy. I hope oneday we could be the leading nation in its wonderful use!