Wind power is continuing to grow in the United States as the years progress. The Midwest region of the United States has the greatest potential for producing wind energy. Now why is wind power necessary? Wind is an infinite source of energy, that is renewable, and can power wind turbines to create energy without emitting harmful greenhouse gases. The world is starting to realize that fossil fuels will destroy the planet sooner than later, so this is why wind energy will be so important. Technology for wind turbines is increasing every year and in some areas, the cost of electricity is lower from wind power than a coal fired plant. Switching to wind will help eliminate carbon emissions, increase jobs, and create a cleaner living environment.
The major problem with expanding the wind sector is the funding and how people react to wind turbines. The government is just starting to see the environmental impacts of fossil fuels yet, they have yet to make major changes to stop the use of fossil fuels. There is little to no funding, at the moment, to create and install additional turbines. Most wind companies must make a profit and use this profit to install more turbines. What also stops wind companies from installing wind turbines is the people not wanting them installed where they live. Factors include: The turbines block the view, they are to loud, or simply think they are bad for the environment. While turbines can be very tall, up to 400+ feet, some people have not been educated on the many benefiting factors of wind energy.
In this blog, I will attempt to show the potential of wind energy and how we as a nation can reach this potential goal. I will obtain my information for many sources; other classes that I have previously took, government energy statistics websites, peer review journals, and professors. What I want to do is inform fellow bloggers about the history of wind and what the United States wind power sector is like right now. Explain where the best regions are for installed wind power and the factors that we will have to overcome to install these turbines. By the end I want to inform the reader how we could accomplish the problems that wind energy has currently, and illustrate the full potential power of the Wind energy sector.