The Power of Wind 2

“As long as the sun shines, the wind will blow” (National Geographic ). Why not harness the power of nature for sources of renewable energy?

(Photograph Source: Medford Taylor; National Geographic )

Wind has been thought of as a source of energy, from Christopher Columbus to Benjamin Franklin.  Franklin harnessed the power of wind  to conduct his famous kite experiment.  Ultimately, it sparked a revolution in science technology.  Today wind power is seen as a source of renewable energy and  has established its own worldwide  industry. “In the United States, which passed Germany to become the country producing the most wind power, the Department of Energy has estimated that wind power could account for 20 percent of the nation’s electricity supply by 2030” (The New York Times).  Proper planning, eco-friendly management, and innovation are helping  produce productive wind power worldwide. The industry is moving forward and fast. Let’s take a closer look at wind power:                                                                                                        

Wind Power

Wind is a viable source of energy and is one of  the fastest growing sources of renewable energy (New York Times).  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, the wind power industry is still evolving and needs many improvements. One of the biggest concerns associated with wind power is if there is no wind, there is no power. Thus, it’s only reliable to a certain extend. Cost, geographic locations, hindrance of wildlife and storage of energy are still topics of high concern. In turn, new battery storage techniques are at the forefront of making wind power more reliable ( Scientific American ).  Geographic locations present difficulty in producing cost effective wind power. High wind locations can produce high costs to get energy to a viable sources or storage areas. Wind farms must also be mindful of local wildlife. There’s no harm that wind power is not applicable to every location  or situation, it’s still valuable source of renewable energy.  As technology continues  to evolve, so will  the productivity and use of wind power as a source of energy.

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How Nevada Shapes up

Southern Nevada, including locations near Las Vegas and Ely  indicate “good-to-excellent” locations for  wind resources. Nevada is home to many high ridge crests found throughout the state which have been indicated as good locations for wind power devices (U.S Department of Energy). “According to a resource assessment from the National Renewable Energy Lab, Nevada’s wind resource could provide nearly 60 percent of the state’s current energy.” (American Wind Energy Association).  Check out the U.S Department of Energy to see how your state shapes up.

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