Essay on Advantages and Disadvantages of Wind Power for Electricity

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Establishing wind power as a major source of electricity can be costly and can have many disadvantages; however, there are many important advantages that can come from wind power as well. Buying and installing a wind turbine is expensive. The cost to install a small “household-single turbine” can be up to thirteen thousand, five hundred dollars! One popular home wind turbine is the Skystream. With this turbine, home owners would need to make thirty-five cents to forty cents per kilowatt-hour in order to make the amount of money it cost to purchase this turbine within the first ten years of owning the turbine that is estimated to last for roughly twenty years. The smaller the turbine, the more it will cost. Small turbines can cost …show more content…
In many cases, the land that can be the most profitable for wind energy is already owned by someone else. So these companies face having to pay a royalty fee for the use of the land or a lease agreement fee (Smith 50). In Minnesota, for each one hundred megawatts of wind electricity made, approximately one million a year went to the state in property tax revenue and nearly two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars was collected for lease payments (Alina-Florentine 63). One of the major disadvantages to establishing wind turbines is the time it takes to set up the project. There are many factors that attribute to this; however, the actual construction of the turbine is not one of them because it takes less than a year to build the turbine. A few of the things that take the longest to complete are the “power purchase agreement negotiations and permitting” which can up many years to complete. Not only do companies have to get a permit to produce the wind power, but often permits are required for the transportation of the turbine parts do to their size and weight. Finding a buy for the power can also be a time consuming challenge that companies may face (Smith 48-52). Companies must also coordinate with “the on-again, off-again nature of the federal wind energy production tax credit (PTC)” (Motavalli). Another time consuming

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