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5 Reasons to Invest in Wind Energy Development for the Future

Until recently, there is no question that technologies such as wind turbines were less efficient than using fossil fuel. Why are we investing so much in renewable in terms of tax breaks and legislation for wind energy development? The reason is simple; it’s a great and profitable investment in the future.

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Wind Farm Sign in the Thumb

It may be time to consider two things: 1) Change how lease payments are made on land hosting wind turbines to profit the entire community. 2) Examine the current policies to ensure ongoing investment is made, and incremental growth can continue. Moratoriums are a stop-gap, not a long term solution.

#1 The wind is a Pollution-free source of energy

Overall, using wind to produce energy has fewer effects on the environment than many other energy sources. The source of the power, wind, does not release harmful emissions that pollute the air or water.

As technology develops and investment in wind turbines is made, it will lower emissions for electricity generation. Fossil fuel power plants that burn coal are being dismantled in certain areas of the country that use wind generation.

Demolition of the Harbor Beach Michigan Coal Power Plant

#2 Wind Energy is Space Efficient

Wind turbines can operate in the community. Typically in open spaces such as farms and prairie lands. The space under and near the turbines can still be used to grow crops and graze cattle.

Wind Farm in Michigan's Thumb -  Wind Energy Development
Wind Turbines in Michigan’s Thumb

Land that is taken is the pad area under the turbine and service access road easement. Power cables carrying the generated electricity are typically buried.

This means on a per kilowatt basis, each turbine is efficient and has the capacity to power thousands of homes and businesses.

#2 Wind Energy Has A Fast Return on Investment (ROI)

For years wind energy detractors pointed to the high upfront cost and the high per-kilowatt contract cost of wind generation. With a useful life of about 20 years, wind turbines’ ROI (return on investment) is now paid back in 5-8 months.

While the initial cost of a wind turbine is high, the source of the power, wind, is free. Turbines also have relatively low running costs once they are constructed and need little maintenance.

#3 Wind Energy is Now Cheaper than Coal

One report examining the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) shows U.S. renewable energy prices continued falling over the past year. Both wind and solar hitting new lows, and costs fell below the cost of coal in 2018.

Reduction in Wind and Solar Costs - Wind Energy Development
Levelized Cost of Energy and Levelized Cost of Storage 2019 – Lazard

#4 Wind Energy is A New Source For High Tech Jobs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted over the next ten years, wind turbine service technicians are the #1 fastest growing occupations with an average salary of $53,900.

20 occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2019-29. - Wind Energy Development
20 occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2019-29 – United States Department of Labor

While still an emerging job sector, the number of renewable energy jobs now exceeds 120,000. Today, over 530 factories in 43 states build wind and solar energy related parts and supplies.

#5 Wind Energy Protects Our Future

Wind energy is only one of the solutions to reduce the proven effects of global climate change. By investing in the technology and its implementation, growth has meant that its become more cost efficient in the energy produced.

This video presents a non-political outline of the situation that the planet finds itself in. It does not offer any solutions. This was first posted on Thumbwind in 2012. Eight years later it resonates even more.

Some may consider it propaganda while others consider it prophetic. It’s required viewing in several classes in colleges throughout Michigan.

Sources: Wind Energy Development

#1 – U.S. Energy Information Administration – EIA – Independent Statistics and Analysis. (n.d.). Retrieved December 03, 2020, from https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/wind/wind-energy-and-the-environment.php

#2 – Richard, M. (n.d.). The Energy Payback for a 2-Megawatt Wind Turbine That Lasts Over 20 Years Is… 5-8 Months. Retrieved December 03, 2020, from https://www.treehugger.com/energy-paypack-megawatt-wind-turbine-lasts-over-years-months-4858396

#3 – Singh, D. (n.d.). Levelized Cost of Energy and Levelized Cost of Storage 2019. Retrieved December 03, 2020, from https://www.lazard.com/perspective/lcoe2019

#4 – Fastest Growing Occupations : Occupational Outlook Handbook. (2020, September 01). Retrieved December 03, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm

#5 – Incubatepictures. (2012, February 11). There’s No Tomorrow (limits to growth & the future). Retrieved December 03, 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOMWzjrRiBg

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10 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Invest in Wind Energy Development for the Future”

  1. In the past and hopefully in the future “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Let’s hope.

    The presentation was great. Thanks.

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  2. What a pity. I expected the girl speaking to commit Seppuku at the end of the propaganda film. What a wasted opportunity.

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    • I had to look up what Seppuku is. The producer of the film was purposely attempting to re-create and spoof the filmstrip and cartoon films that I remember in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Of course all those were propaganda too.

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      • Wind energy mtsloy replaces energy from coal-fired power plants. In reality wind will never fully supplant nonrenewable energy sources because it is not reliable (non-windy days). There must always be back-up sources that can be used on demand. The cleanest solution would be nuclear and natural gas nonrenewables along with geothermal, wind, and solar renewables.

    • risks it costs over $1 million USD to put up ONE liidmnwl so.. when you see 500 or 600 or 800 of them in a big field, you can calculate the cost One of them produces enough electricity to power, what . 5 houses? of all of the liidmnwls we have ALLLL OVER the us . thousands .. it only accounts for 1% of our energy. also, they are cool, but it sucks having millions of 400 foot tall liidmnwls dotting the what would otherwise be a beautiful landscape. also, there are only certain places in the world, certain types of landscapes that are truly conducive of having liidmnwls. and of those places, most of them have them already. and even there, they don’t ALL ALWAYS spin.. when they aren’t spinning, they aren’t producing.benefits . that’s 1% less coal that we have to burn. but realistically, there doesn’t HAVE to be ANY coal burned at this point. it could all be nuclear. meltdowns are very very very very very very very very very very very unlikely. the only reason they’ve ever had one was because the staff there didn’t keep up with the equipment because they didn’t feel they had to.. and of course there was a meltdown. The problem is the waste it produces. germany subsidizes solar power they allow the sale of solar energy by the public. because of that, there are TONS AND TONS AND TONS of solar panels all over the place, and about 46% of their energy COMES from solar whereas 2% of the US’s power comes from solar. problem is, if it’s dark, it’s not producing there are ways to convertt water into electricity, but governments won’t allow it. sea water could be filtered, have electrolites added, hydrolicized to an “unstable” liquid, and burned by machines that generate electricity there’s an over abundance of sea water, and hell the level is getting higher each year is it not? the only biproduct of such a thing would be atomized water not co2.

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  3. This video sums what is wrong with American public education. Political indoctrination has replaced mathematics and science.

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  4. The wind doesn’t start blowing just becsuae you turned on a switch so you’re gambling that wind energy would be available when you need it. There’s a capital investment in both land and in the generator itself, there’s maintenance, there’s transmission costs, basically it amounts to a high startup cost, a constant operational cost but results in a variable uncontrollable generation of energy. The risk is that you won’t have the power when you can sell the power and you may have too much power when you can’t sell the power.

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  5. World class stupid. These idiots don’t even know what economic growth IS. A doubling of GNP is not a doubling of STUFF. It is a doubling of VALUE. In particular, we are always learning to do more with less. Economic growth is not the road into a dead end, as this idiot video depicts, but is the reason there will not be a dead end, unless these anti-capitalist anti-growth leftists get their way.

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    • Please consider a serious review of this thought. Its classical underpinnings developed early in the last century by the Chicago School of economics are now under question. Check out “The End of Growth” by Richard Heinberg

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  6. I’ve tried to “like” your posts before and haven’t been able to. Seems like I couldn’t comment once either (not positive on that). This isn’t a complaint. I’m just letting you know in case you weren’t aware. Take care and have a blessed holiday season!

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