The Future Of Wind Power
The future of wind power is looking promising. This abundant energy source delivers some of the most cleanly produced energy that exists. Not only is this energy source great for our environment but also a very cost competitive source for electrical power. The price for fossil fuel derived energy must not be viewed with only the current price tag in mind. The actual cost is much higher when damage to our environment such as pollution is taken into consideration, as a matter of fact the cost is unknown, but rest assure it is high in the long run.
The technology developments been made have already enabled wind power commercialization. Wind power is ready for commercialization, technology is now mature enough. Of course, improvements of existing technology along with further development will go on forever. The advantages with wind power are so many that full commercialization is eventually inevitable.
Wind Energy, Potential in Many Ways
Development of wind energy not only lessens the impact on the environment, it also carries economic benefits such as jobs, business creation and reduces the reliance of imported energy. So it’s a win-win situation for the countries whose energy efforts are directed towards wind energy. Several studies have recognized that wind power brings more jobs per dollar invested or per kilowatt-hour generated, than most conventional resource alternatives.
In addition to its economic benefits, wind energy receives the benefit of public support. There are a number of very obvious reasons to this and information has brought humans awareness. It produces no hazardous waste or pollution which in turn preserves our wildlife, plants and do not cause major changes in climate. In a broad range of studies, wind energy is increasing in popularity with consumers, many of whom are willing to pay for renewable electricity.
Some advantages that speaks for a strong future:
- increasingly competitive prices
- growing environmental concerns
- reduces our high dependency on foreign energy sources
- Creates job opportunities
- Preserves wildlife, plants
- No output of hazardous waste or pollution
There will of course be challenges along the way; some of them are already here. These have a tendency of slowing down expansion and utilization.
Some of the challenges:
- increased steel costs due to high demand
- Not in my backyard issues, i.e. people don’t want have them to close
- Warranty issues
- Concerns about animals colliding with these high towers
All in all the future seems to be bright and something must be done to preserve our planet; wind power is a good contributor to a better environment.