One of the cleanest known energy sources is wind energy, and, as a country that is struggling to cut back on the pollution that fossil fuels produce, the U.S. is pursuing the creation of turbine-powered wind farms. A lot of people are concerned about certain aspects of wind energy, but they are influenced by several myths about this clean energy source. Below, Marsh Creek of Anchorage, AK, addresses some of these myths and sheds light on the truth of wind energy.
3 Wind Turbine Myths
1. Wind Energy Is Unreliable
It has long been thought that wind-fueled turbines can never be a long-term or primary energy source. Wind energy plants cannot collect energy when the wind isn’t blowing so it’s easy to see why that misconception would come about. However, wind energy sources experience no more interruptions than do traditional energy plants. With wind turbines being located in more wind-prone areas and being big enough to reach the higher-speed winds at higher altitudes, they can process more power than originally thought.
2. Clean Energy Costs the Government More
Currently the government does pour more money into wind energy in the form of federal subsidies, but this will almost certainly change within the next few years. Fossil fuels will become more and more expensive to produce, and big oil companies will soon need more and more government help. Wind farms, on the other hand, may incur an initial cost for turbine production and installation but, once established, they produce energy with few maintenance costs. Thus, while oil companies will require more federal funding in the next few years, wind energy companies will require less.
3. The US Is Behind
Several European countries, like Denmark, have made a name for themselves by using turbine-produced energy for a large percentage of their fuel. But the US is not actually behind in its production. While we do only have one offshore wind farm in comparison to Denmark’s 13, we actually produce significantly more wind energy than they do. Only China has outdone the US so far in wind-energy production.
As an energy-conscious construction company in the States, Marsh Creek understands the importance of turbine energy. They work primarily in the telecommunications and environmental remediation industries, providing construction and engineering services. Contact them today at (907) 258-0050 or visit their website to learn more.