Harvesting Wind Power – Our Greatest Natural Resource

In today’s economy, with America’s escalating consumption of electricity and natural resources, the opportunity of an inexpensive, renewable and reliable energy source is seen by consumers as a breath of fresh air. That’s where wind energy arrives in.

According to the Department of Energy, modern wind turbines can transform wind flow in most U.S. states and coastal waters into reliable, clean electricity. While wind today provides only a small percentage of our national electricity needs, it is an immense homeland energy resource and is the fastest-growing energy supply technology.

The United States has a great quantity of potentially viable wind resources-onshore and offshore-estimated at over 2,000 gigawatts (GW). To put this into point of view, 350 GW of installed wind capacity would stand for about 20 percent of our nation’s current electricity requirement. This is comparable to the level of electricity produced from the nation’s natural or nuclear gas-fired generation today.

Right now, the nation’s “wind farms” generate over 9,000 megawatts of electricity-enough electricity to serve more than two million households. Smaller wind systems are being used to generate on-site power and provide additional power to local utilities, and the market is expanding at over 20 percent annually. Wind power stands for more than just competitive electricity.

Wind energy is a homegrown energy source that provides to national security by lowering America’s dependence on oil and natural gas-most of which are imported from other countries. In addition, unlike most other electricity sources, wind turbines don’t consume water. For instance, irrigation and thermal electric generation use 77 percent of all fresh water in the U.S.; wind turbines, on the other hand, don’t use water at all. That makes wind energy a fantastic choice for harmed communities in rural America.

Today, the nation’s “wind farms” generate over 9,000 megawatts of electricity-enough electricity to serve more than two million households. Smaller wind systems are being used to generate on-site power and provide additional power to local utilities, and the market is growing at over 20 percent annually. Wind power represents more than just competitive electricity. Wind energy is a homegrown energy source that contributes to national home security by reducing America’s dependence on oil and natural gas-most of which are imported from other countries.

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