Wind Power: Its Pros and Cons
March 9, 2015
Wind Power: Its Pros and Cons
The journey to find an alternate source of energy that is in accordance with past events and current trends in technology has introduced new methods for human beings to care for the environment and to protect earth’s natural resources. An alternate source of energy that this paper will be covering is wind power. This is not a new discovery but overtime it took a fresh and better tactic. History will reveal that hundreds of years ago, windmills were already use in Europe in wind farms with wind turbines in order to gain as much as wind energy as possible. This is an effective method in producing the maximum wind energy; however, there are pros and cons that one has to be aware with in this kind of alternative source of energy.
Missouri produces wind energy coming from more than 2,500 square miles land that the state use as 63% portion of electricity. Windmills are producer of clean energy; however worn-out windmills produce otherwise. One hazardous element of wind turbines is carbon fiber composite. When wind turbine is worn-out, it has to be burned and trashed out, a process that is perilous to the atmosphere. This wind turbine replacement is necessary. One material of wind turbine is thermoset plastic; this usually creates the wind turbines’ strength and low weight requirement. A breakage from this wind turbine might destroy houses and buildings nearby and pieces of the blade might be scattered meters away. Wind power accidents are much common compared to nuclear accidents. Recorded in 2008 were casualties of 16 civilians and 41 workers—a continuously increasing number. During high winds, the turbines should be stopped and the rotation should be stopped in order to reduce this staggering figure of casualties. Moreover, a regular check-up on these wind turbines should be made in order to prevent bugs build-up and the wearing of the blades because if not 20-30% is estimate product loss. According to O’Sullivan, 2011, money is an important element in maintaining the quality of blades in order to maintain the wind power. Wind Power: The Pros
There are many pros of wind power as a renewable resource of energy. It is estimated that wind turbines can usually generate 500 kilowatts of power that can lessen the carbon dioxide emission by approximately two tons per year
(Kidd, n.d.) . This lessening of the greenhouse effect caused by burning of fossil fuel is just one of the many pros of this alternative energy source. Wind power does not emit any hazardous elements in the air, ground or water. And most importantly, wind power is a renewable energy that in the presence of atmosphere and sun should be a continuously possible source of energy. Building of wind turbines poses no danger to farmlands, this even adds up value to the farmer, since wind turbines when build can be a source of lease and rental. Imagine, even the in-between areas of lands in windmills can be used as crop planting and/or pasture land. Aside from this, wind turbines can also be used as a source of living. Building and maintaining of wind farms increases the employment rate of a certain locale. Moreover, the community can take advantage of the expected increase in tourism and workers in acquiring lands in the area. Bluegrass Ridge Farm in King City, Missouri erected 27 turbines in 600 acres of farmland in 2007 (Rock, 2007). And after this, the locale has recorded increase in tax revenue, tourism dollars and civic pride that aided in the leveling of schools, improvement of infrastructure and emergency services (Rock, 2007).
Wind Power: The Cons
In the presence of advantages are the cons of using wind power as an alternative energy resource that are fluctuation of wind that resulted to power fluctuations, noise pollution, and wreckage of scenery and air pollution—brought about by...
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