With the fossil fuel industry in seeming crisis, many are wondering if Wind Power is the way forward to solve the fossil fuel crisis.
The problem with fossil fuels is that there is only a limited supply of these resources. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Also the effect of the over-consumption of these have led to many environmental issues such as air pollution, oil spills, and the destruction of natural habitats. Therefore many are advocating the promotion of using more eco-friendly sources of energy, one of which is harnessing the power of the wind.
It has to be said that the use of wind powered turbines is becoming a very controversial issue. Many environmentalists agree with the principle, but object to the way that wind powered turbines and generators make marks on the landscape. For example, in Scotland Donald Trump is objecting to a wind farm which will be in view of a golf course which he is developing.
However, from an environmental point of view, what are the advantages of using the wind as a power source?
Advantages of Wind Power?
The first advantage is that the source of the energy is completely free. The only investment is the installation of the wind turbine and then the regular upkeep. This means that money doesn’t have to be spent to regularly harness the power, unlike digging for coal, drilling for oil and extracting gas.
The second advantage is that investing in wind power is significantly lower than in fossil fuels. For example, a person doesn’t have to do much exploration to find out where a windy place is. Wind turbines come in all sizes, and this means that they can be purchased by an individual, if he has the space to place this on his own land. More and more in the developing world there is a push towards small villages and town installing their own wind turbines so that they can reduce the dependency on expensive fossil fuels.
Another advantage of using the power of the wind is that they only take up a relatively small area of land. So it means that the land on which the wind turbine is situated can also be used for other purposes, for example, agriculture, livestock and even recreation.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that wind powered turbines isn’t without its own disadvantages.
Disadvantages of Wind Power
One of the main disadvantages of wind power is the fact it’s not always available. Many governments build wind farms in places where there are already strong winds, for example, on hillsides and along coastlines. However even doing that cannot guarantee a constant source of power.
There are other disadvantages to wind power, but these are usually small and are based on location and an individual’s viewpoint. Many people who live close to wind turbines complain of the noise. There is also the issue of flickering shadows, which can be annoying to people at home.
There is one area of wind power where either side have their point to prove – the impact on the landscape.
Disagreements on using the Power of the Wind
The main disagreement seems to be the footprint that wind turbines and generators leave on the landscape. Many people are of the opinion that the countryside should be left unspoiled. Whereas others feel that the wind generators have become and interesting addition to the landscape. After all, they are they to protect the environment.