Were you aware 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 technology resources wind is growing rapidly as a leader in alternative energy. Wind is a powerful tool that can assist in the reduction of greenhouse gases and preserve fossil fuels.
Energy from Wind:
Wind energy is the process by which wind turbines convert potential energy in the air into the electricity we use to power our homes and businesses. Overall, using 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.
- The US has over 500 wind turbine manufacturing plants that produce a majority of our turbines and employ 73,000 people.
- Wind energy accounts for more than a third of all newly installed US electricity generators.
- A large wind turbine can produce up to about 2 megawatts of electricity.
- One small turbine in your backyard could power your home.
- As much as 20% of electricity consumed by 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.
How can I make an impact:
Tier 1: Global Goodness
- The most impactful way to make a change in wind energy is to help support and promote it. By researching the benefits of wind energy, you can share the information with friends, family, and through social media to promote it as a renewable energy source.
- Go to your local government and businesses 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
- Write your congress members about wind energy solutions and expanding the current resources available for alternative energy.