The Benefits & Challenges of Wind Energy
As people become aware of environmental problems affecting all nations worldwide, the clamor for clean energy is growing each year.
The US is one of the nations that advocate clean energy, and has continued to develop the use of wind energy as a clean power source.
The demand for wind energy and its production is accelerating at a rate faster than expected, and may soon be the main source of energy in the near future, replacing coal and natural gas.
So, what makes this alternative energy the best in the industry? Here are the answers.
Wind is a free energy source: Energy producers need not pay anything to use wind because it’s free and ever flowing.
Wind is abundant and unlimited: Wind will always be present, and it is always available. We do not have to worry about it becoming scarce because the supply is endless. What’s more, the use of this natural resource does not affect the environment. It doesn’t cause pollution.
Wind is available locally: No need to export wind because it can be found anywhere on the planet. What the producer needs is the best area where the strongest wind can be harnessed.
Wind energy is cheaper: Since wind is free, wind energy producers only need to pay for the cost of harnessing it, like purchasing equipment, land use rental, labor, etc. It is definitely cheaper as compared to coal and natural gas that need to be purchased.
Wind energy production creates jobs: Statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that there will be a 96 percent increase in wind technician jobs from 2016 to 2026. This rate makes it the fastest job to increase in the US.
Wind energy increases farmers’ income: Farmers whose lands are being leased for the construction of wind turbines now have regular income from the lease, which is about $20,000 on average annually. Some farmers even wished their land would have more wind turbines than crops because the income is steady, as compared to crops that are sometimes destroyed by bad weather.
Wind energy production reduces local taxes: Some towns that have wind turbines earn a huge amount of revenue from the business of wind energy production. It provides them with sufficient income to maintain local government operations so they no longer require citizens to pay local taxes.
Wind energy improves the community: The increased government income/revenue has provided for the construction of more public schools, better school facilities, better roads, and more.
Cheaper energy cost for businesses and household: Wind energy is a cheaper, if not the cheapest, electricity source so businesses and household pay much lower rates for their electricity consumption.
The wind energy industry is booming at a rate faster than industry experts can imagine. Investment is not cheap, but it is a wise business decision.
Its growth is inevitable despite several challenges that it faces, like the following:
- Higher cost of equipment and technology as compared to gas and coal requirements;
- The need to build transmission lines going to the city from the wind energy’s remote locations in the rural areas; and,
- Damages to wildlife, like birds that get killed when they hit spinning turbines.