Did you know that China produces the most wind energy worldwide? Or, that a single commercial wind turbine can power 600 homes? Wind is a renewable energy source that has been around for thousands of years, and with new technological resources, wind is rapidly becoming a leader in alternative energy. Wind is a powerful tool that can assist in the reduction of greenhouse gases, and aid us in the preservation of fossil fuels.
Energy from Wind:
Wind energy is the process by which wind turbines convert potential energy from the air into the electricity we use to power our homes and businesses. Overall, using the wind to produce energy has fewer effects on the environment than many other energy sources. Let’s take a look at the benefits of wind power.
Benefits of Wind Energy:
- Wind energy is the only form of alternative energy that doesn’t require water.
- Wind energy accounts for more than one-third of all newly installed US electricity generators.
- A large wind turbine can produce about 2 megawatts of electricity.
- One small turbine in your backyard could power your home.
- As much as 20% of electricity consumed by the U.S. could come from wind energy by 2030.
- 41 states have utility-scale wind power available.
- Wind turbines can reduce carbon dioxide output by 125 million metric tons, or the equivalent of 26.4 million cars.
- The US has over 500 wind turbine manufacturing plants that produce a majority of our turbines and employ 73,000 people.
How can I make an impact?
- The most impactful way to make a change in our use of wind energy is to show support in its expansion. By researching the benefits of wind energy, you can share the information with friends and family, and use social media to promote it as a renewable energy source.
- To get information on small community wind projects go to: https://windexchange.energy.gov/small-community-wind-handbook
- Ask your electric utility about their renewable energy programs. Many electric utilities, the company you pay for your electricity each month, now offer programs you can enroll in and decide how much renewable energy powers your home or business.
- Ask your local government to research the possibility of bringing small scale turbines into your communities. WINDExchange created a map showing the average wind speeds throughout the county. To see if your area is a good candidate for wind energy, go to: https://windexchange.energy.gov/maps-data?category=land-based.
- Contact your Congress members regarding wind energy solutions, and the possibility of expanding the current resources available for additional alternative energy source.