With so much talk about global warming, energy has dominated most of the environmental conversations in recent years. Scientists cite figures that plot out levels of emissions; local environmental groups protest new power plants; and every politician’s carbon footprint is broadcasted across news channels. Despite so much discussion, though, people striving to create eco friendly homes still don’t know which energy sources are truly good and green. The unanimous disapproval of coal and debates surrounding nuclear energy and hydroelectricity have made wind power appear to be the best alternative. That may or may not be the case. Since even it receives some criticisms, to help people decide for themselves we’ve outlined some facts, including the benefits and detriments of harnessing wind energy.
After solar, wind is the greatest source of renewable energy on our planet. Always kinetic and always in motion, wind generates enough potential energy to meet the world’s power needs 200 times over. While all fossil fuels are limited in supply, wind is and will be a forever-present source of energy. To harvest it, turbines turn wind’s kinetic energy into mechanical energy, which generators then turn into electricity.