The question many people are asking is: Why does it seem renewable wind energyprojects are springing up all over the place these days? Homeowners and utilities alike are engaging in wind turbine projects all over the world and wind energy is becoming mainstream.
The reasons are many…
Renewable wind energy systems provide a perpetual and local source of power – The promise of renewable energy is twofold: the electricity you make from the wind is inextinguishable and the electricity is made at the point of consumption. Since the wind is caused by the interfacing of strong weather patterns with the sun’s energy, it is not a source that we will one day run out of. In addition, making the power close to where it will be consumed means electric line losses are greatly reduced.
This is in stark contrast to traditional power generation which is centralized and requires miles and miles of wiring infrastructure to deliver the power to your home or other point of use. Of course, the worst thing about traditional power generation is that it uses finite fuel sources, like coal, that will eventually run out. With renewable wind energy all the power you use is consumed right where it is made.
Home and utility wind power offers the hope of dispersed electricity generation – With the current paradigm of centrally generated power, economies of scale are what dictate the fuel used. We are all slaves to the finite fossil fuel resources that we have to dig out of the ground. Dispersed electricity generation offers the power of flexibility. By driving the responsibility of power production to your home, you are not locking yourself into one course of action and you can alter your own personal power production equipment to adjust to current technology. Renewable wind energy is currently the best thing for most people but it is no certainty that will always be the case.
The alternatives aren’t that good – As it is, we do not have good alternatives to renewable wind energy or, better alternatives than sustainable energy in general. That is not to say that we never will have a better choice, but for now, focusing on sustainable energy produced at home is the best course of action.
In the final analysis, we will be seeing more and more renewable wind energy projects in the coming months and years. Since we do not have a good alternative that will carry us forward and will provide the amount of power that we need as a society, we have to take action with what we have available now, which is of course, predominantly home wind turbine power.