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Wind power is one of the fastest growing renewable energy solutions. It has little to no damaging effects to the environment compared to more traditional energy sources like fossil fuels, gas, coals, oil and nuclear generated power. While some feel that wind farms are unsightly, and the risk of avian harm is unacceptable, most recognize that the benefits outweigh the challenges for this energy option. Another challenge is of course that the wind does not blow consistently all day, each day. Still, it is a low cost energy solution ideal for many applications and locations.

Since ancient times, wind energy has been utilized to generate power. It was during the Industrial revolution when the world switched to oil as the main source of power and it was believed to be the cheaper option to acquire and easily converted to energy. Considering that and the ever increasing costs of fossil fuels, oil and gas; people, societies and governments around the world has begun to tap renewable energy as a source of power. Modern technology makes it possible for wind energy to be the cheapest and the most economic way to make electricity and power.

Today, wind energy is also one of the least expensive ways to produce power, primarily because there is no fuel cost. It also helps to prevent climate change, reduce pollution and reduce, if not prevent, social and political issues as a result from exporting and importing oil and gas from around the world. Often wind energy is generated when needed because the wind resource is blowing at the time of day (ie, late afternoon when air conditioners are running) when needed most. Also, wind is easy to install in small quantities, sized according to need, at the outskirts of the transmission systems on the edge of a rural community.

Mass use of wind energy potentially reduces climate change compared to fossil fueled energy. Pollution in many forms like smog, haze, and acid rain is lessened.

Gas, oil, fossil fuels, nuclear power and coals are commonly used in power plants to create energy. These create emissions that not only harm the environment but they also require use of a large amount of water supply to produce electricity. Wind energy production does not require the use of water yet is ideal to produce electricity needed for irrigation.

Wind power does not contribute to the already existing environmental and atmospheric problems like acid rain and global warming. Wind energy supply is unlimited, though sporadic. It is essentially a form of solar energy and as long as the sun generates energy, there will always be wind, and the wind energy solution should continue to be aggressively developed.

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Source by Mark G Anderson

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