Wind Energy Research Paper

Wind Energy For years’ people have debated the best course of action for confronting the energy crisis. Fossil fuels continue to be the main source of energy not only in the United States but also in most of the world. Although fossil fuels get the job done, the are non-renewable resource that will eventually run out. Not only are they non renewable they also pollute the earth and destroy nature. Burning fossil fuels emits toxins into the air that can harm animals and humans when they breath the air; even with laws and technology to lessen pollution there is still no way to stop pollution from burning these fuels. The main fossil fuel is oil; searching and drilling for oil disrupts natural habits causing damage to nature and the animals that …show more content…
Wind energy does not need to be transported or processed so it cuts down on long term expenses. Wind also does not need to be mined for so that also cuts down on costs. The cost of wind energy is also fixed. Oil prices increase or decrease based on the need and how much it takes to mine and transport the oil. Wind energy generates electricity at the source making the cost fixed so prices would be more stable. Wind energy is also the lowest priced form of renewable energy costing only four to six cents per kilowatt-hour. Coal power has been found to cost between 9.5 and 27 cents per kilowatt-hour. Solar energy costs 12 to 30 cents per kilowatt-hour. It is clear wind energy is the most cost effective form of …show more content…
The first is the look of wind turbines. Many people dislike the way wind turbines look and believe they take away from the beauty of nature. This can be combated by painting the wind turbines a neutral color and placing them in a satisfying way. Wind turbines can also create a shadow from the blades at certain times of the day. In order to avoid this, wind turbines are placed in areas where shadows will not affect any neighborhood for any large amount of time. Another concern is bird collisions. With new advances in the technology of wind turbines bird collisions have decreased to almost none. A few disadvantages are not so easily combatted, such as construction. The construction of wind farms costs a large amount of money and takes a significant amount of time and work. This can be good because it produces more jobs but bad because it can displace people and animals. The hope is that the advantages of wind energy outweigh the disadvantages. Wind energy has come a long way since it was first introduced, however it still has a long way to go. Wind does not always blow, so in order for wind to continuously power the county there needs to be some sort of energy storage. There also needs to be transmission lines to move the electricity from the wind farms in rural areas to cities. Finally, the initial cost of wind farms and turbines needs to decrease. Even though wind energy is very cheap after

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