The Importance Of Social Sustainability Of Wind Energy

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4.2 Social Sustainability Social sustainability encompasses the ability for wind technology to meet the present needs of the community as well as the ability to provide for future generations. The largest contributor to social sustainability with wind power is that it permits for energy independence. Energy independence allows for resource security within communities, removing the dependency for importing foreign oil or even coal. By limiting the dependency on oil, natural gas, and coal as energy sources, communities are more protected from the fluctuations of supply and demand that follow the non-renewable energy sources. Not only does the technology support resource security, it also plays an important role in maintaining, protecting, and improving human health. The use of non-renewable resources releases GHG emissions into the atmosphere. Air pollution both long and short term had adverse health effects including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases (Hak-Kan, Hilda, & Chit-Ming, …show more content…
As the world is looking to move away from non-renewable sources of energy production, they will start to look towards other methods of harnessing or generating energy. Wind power technology has the potential to step into this role. Innovators are looking to create methods of harnessing wind energy while avoiding some of wind power’s variability and reliability. New designs that have potentially to overcome wind power’s pitfall which include technology such as kiting in the jet stream and floating power plants (Marien, 2009). The newly proposed technology would allow for wind power harvesting equipment to soar high into the skies and harness the steady wind streams higher up in the atmosphere instead of being stationed on the ground similar to the wind turbines that current exist today. With these new innovations, wind power technology is looking to open the doors into being a more prominent force in the renewable energy

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