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Wind adds jobs over 9 times faster than the overall economy

PAUL, Minn., April 19, 2017 — American wind power added jobs over 9 times faster than the overall economy amid robust growth for another year, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which released its 2016 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report today at the Minnesota State Capitol. Installing over 8,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind power for a second straight year, the U.S. industry invested over $14 billion in 2016 in new wind farms built in rural America, and now supports a record-high 102,500 jobs.

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A wind generator for home use. Wind power facts, Wind advantages

If you live in a suburban or rural area, you will probable have more success with a wind generator for home use. Will your efforts produce sufficient power to supply your home? Will wind power technologies be more in your comfort zone? Your neighbors might not be as excited as you about changing the skyline with a wind turbine.

Have you identified everything that you want to achieve? How high is your interest level as a weekend warrior verses a true commitment to build a wind generator?

In order to build your wind generator correctly, you will probably need permits for your area. This will likely be no different than any other building permit request. Consider what your neighbors will see when your wind generatoris complete and whether they will be as pleased as you are. Some people will fine a reason to oppose anything new. There are some people who have developed an opinion about alternative energy production before the topic was ever discussed. Some people have the wrong information about factors around wind turbines, like the noise they could produce when in operation. Will a wind tower effect your neighborhood? Some people simply don’t want to see an wind tower on their neighbors roof.

Let’s look further into the Do-It-Yourself building of a wind generator.

To make sure that your permit application is a smooth event, plan well ahead of your application by getting to know your neighbors. Casually talk with your neighbors about your renewable energy plans. Share with them about how excited you are to capture wind energy and point out the positive points of creating your own energy. Most important, arm yourself with knowledge about the system you are considering installing, addressing any of their fears or misinformation before challenges arise. Knowing ahead of time about any potential roadblocks from neighbors or local officials will help you plan a positive approach to securing your permit to add a wind generator for home use. Know in advance that change will create opposition.

Did you know that many people have no idea what a small wind turbine looks like? Manufacturers share literature on their equipment. You can get this to share with those people not knowledgeable with small turbines. There have been so many technological advances in design, that negative opinions may be based on seriously outdated information. Some concerns to address will be:

– Noise is the first challenge that you will need to be able to address. – Blades coming off with no warning is the second issue that you will need to address. – The third concern is about voltage straying to the neighbor and – Fourth about the unsightly appearance. – The fifth challenge will be about lightning strikes and – Sixth about killing the local bird population. – Hearing problems from a wind generator is always seventh on the list. – Eight may be concerning a fire hazard if the wind is too high and the blades turn too fast. Ignorance leads to fear. Your best hedge is education.

Massive Jump In Wind Power Output In Scotland

Latest data for the month of February has shown Scottish wind power took a massive leap forward compared to the same time last year.

February saw the region’s wind turbines producing 1,331,420MWh of electricity, enough to supply the needs of 162 percent of Scottish households (3.9 million homes).

The figures, provided by WeatherEnergyUK and analysed by WWF Scotland, represent an increase of 43 percent over February 2016 – also a record month for the nation’s wind sector – when wind supplied 929,417MWh.

Scotland’s entire electricity consumption last month, including homes, businesses and industry, totaled 1,984,765MWh – meaning wind power contributed a whopping 67 percent of the country’s electricity needs.

And high winds meant that on four separate days, Scotland’s wind turbines generated output equivalent to more than the nation’s total energy needs for each entire day:

  • Thursday 7th – 78,512 MWh, equivalent to 118 percent electricity
  • Monday 13th – 78,936 MWh, equivalent 110 percent electricity
  • Monday 20th – 67,213 MWh, equivalent 127 percent electricity
  • Sunday 26th – 70,611 MWh, equivalent to 128 percent electricity.

“Compared to last year, some very powerful winds across the month helped increase the total electricity supplied to the National Grid from Scotland’s wind turbines,” said Karen Robinson from WeatherEnergy.

“As we began to witness for the first time last year, this February has also seen a few days where the power output from wind farms exceeded the total electricity demand for an entire day. This is quite an achievement.”

WWF noted that the highest wind output was on the 13th of February, when generation spiked at nearly 79,000 MWh, enough to power 6.5 million Scottish homes. This is more than one-and-a-half times the number of households in the nation.

“Thanks to a combination of increased capacity and stronger winds, output from turbines was up more than two-fifths compared to the same period last year,” said WWF Scotland Director Lang Banks.

“This was enough power to provide the equivalent of the electrical needs of almost four million homes. As well as helping to power our homes and businesses, wind power supports thousands of jobs and helps Scotland to avoid over a million tonnes of polluting carbon emissions every month.”

The environmental group hopes the figures will inform the government on the vital role wind power has in the future of Scotland’s energy mix as Holyrood seeks consultations on its latest draft energy plan.

“Every one of the main political parties supports the aim of generating half of all Scotland’s energy needs from renewables by 2030 – including heat, electricity and transport,” Banks said.

“With this level of political backing, we call upon all of the parties to now bring forward policies that will help maximise the benefits to Scotland’s economy, as we transition to a renewable future.”

The figures come at an important time – Scottish Renewables says businesses working in the region’s renewable energy sector are forecasting a sixth of their workforce will be lost within the next year. The group says this is due to changes to and closures of support schemes.