Wind energy is transforming power infrastructures around the world. This is because wind energy provides a number of unique benefits once a turbine becomes operational. Here are just a few of the benefits to consider.
1. Wind energy creates jobs.
Local jobs can be provided by the wind energy industry. From maintenance to construction, more than 100,000 jobs in the US exist because of this renewable resource.
2. Wind energy creates power diversification.
When a country installs wind energy solutions, it creates a portfolio of diversification for their power. This allows that country to become more independent in their power needs, which stabilizes energy costs at the local level. Diversification also reduces the risk of a supply disruption.
3. Wind energy is free.
Once a turbine has become operational, it can collect wind for free. There are no purchasing costs for fuel combustion as there are for fossil fuels. There is also no need to stockpile resources for future use. When the wind blows, the power flows.
4. Wind energy is inexhaustible.
The wind will always be present as long as the Earth continues to rotate and the sun continues to shine. If those things stop, human civilization will likely stop as well, so for all practical purposes, wind energy is a power resource that will never be exhausted.
5. Wind energy does not consume any water.
Most forms of power generation consume water at least on some level. Wind energy is one of the few sources of electricity that does not consume any water.
6. Wind energy is friendly to the environment.
Although wind energy is not completely free of fossil fuel consumption due to the manufacturing processes of turbines, it is a power resource that is friendly to the environment. Just one megawatt of wind energy can eliminate over 1,300 pounds of carbon dioxide and 7.5 pounds of sulfur dioxide from the atmosphere when compared to power generated by fossil fuels.
7. Wind energy creates revenues.
Not only do farmers, ranchers, and rural property owners profit by having turbines installed on their properties, but they can still continue on with their land use needs. This makes it a significant source of revenues.
The benefits of wind energy are many. As this technology improves, we’ll be able to reduce our impact on the environment, save money, and maintain a modern lifestyle.