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Wind Energy Can Help Reduc Peak Demands

Wind energy technology can help much to boost manufacturing productions as long as construction and implementation of wind farms is well understood. Once the initial costs in setting up wind farms are already spent, electricity generation costs would already be negligible


As part of a study on alternative energy solutions and sources, the Department of Energy has proposed to use wind power in generating up to 20% of our total needs. There are more than enough locations to install wind farms within the USA, requiring an approximate investment of $150 Billion a year.

Advocates of the plan suggest that if there is to be a legislation which will mandate local utilities to purchase generated power at regulated rates, it would essentially guarantee demand. As part of the carbon emissions reduction program of any enterprise,there is always enough reason to make this project a priority.

So long as it is well understood how to construct and implement wind farms, this technology can greatly help boost manufacturing productions. Once the initial capital costs are already spent, the cost of generating electricity from wind energy is almost already negligible. It is therefore practical to implement wind farms as long as the demand is guaranteed through mandatory purchases to protect investment costs.

The static economic footprint will help stabilize the price of the other commodities in the market if wind power will become a big chunk of the total energy supply. Those who oppose wind plan say that it is intermittent and should be adopted in as wholesale in remedy of this flaw. To make this work, regional distribution grids need to be interconnected in a way that will help level productivity. The prospect of manipulation of electricity distribution massively in a national grid is still being studied.

Other methods can be used to manage capacity requirements when demand is at peak through appropriate contracting and true implementation of smart grid that could help level off peak periods. It is not possible to account for a downturn in wind generated electricity because of weather conditions, it will be possible to reintroduce semi-mothballed carbon producing facilities of old, depending on the facilities’ patterns of economic use.

Alternative energy must already be a priority concern as the pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use of fossil fuels is already increasing. Whether or not it is feasible to implement wind energy in wholesale, it is still a significant contributor and would be very feasible as an alternative source of energy.

Wind Power

Wind power offers a sustainable option in the pursuit of renewable energy.

Wind is the movement of air from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure. In fact, wind exists because the sun unevenly heats the surface of the Earth. As hot air rises, cooler air moves in to fill the void. As long as the sun shines, the wind will blow. And wind has long served as a power source to humans.

 

Ancient mariners used sails to capture the wind. Farmers once used windmills to grind their grains and pump water. Today, more and more wind turbines wring electricity from the breeze. Over the past decade, wind turbine use has increased more than 25 percent per year. Still, it only provides a small fraction of the world’s energy.

 

     HOW IT WORKS

Most wind energy comes from turbines that can be as tall as a 20-story building and have three 200-foot (60-meter)-long blades. The wind spins the blades, which turn a shaft connected to a generator that produces electricity.

The biggest wind turbines generate enough electricity in a year (about 12 megawatt-hours) to supply about 600 U.S. homes. Wind farms have tens and sometimes hundreds of these turbines lined up together in particularly windy spots. Smaller turbines erected in a backyard can produce enough electricity for a single home or small business.

THE BOOMING WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY

Wind is a clean source of renewable energy that produces no air or water pollution. And since the wind is free, operational costs are nearly zero once a turbine is erected. Mass production and technology advances are making turbines cheaper, and many governments offer tax incentives to spur wind-energy development.

Drawbacks include complaints from locals that wind turbines are ugly and noisy. The slowly rotating blades can also kill birds and bats, but not nearly as many as cars, power lines, and high-rise buildings do. The wind is also variable: If it’s not blowing, there’s no electricity generated.

Nevertheless, the wind energy industry is booming. Thanks to global efforts to combat climate change, such as the Paris Agreement, renewable energy is seeing a boom in growth, with wind energy leading the way. From 2000 to 2015, cumulative wind capacity around the world increased from 17,000 megawatts to more than 430,000 megawatts. In 2015, China also surpassed the EU in the number of installed wind turbines and continues to lead installation efforts.

Industry experts predict that if this pace of growth continues, by 2050 one third of the world’s electricity needs will be fulfilled by wind power.