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Environmental Effects of Wind Electricity

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In today’s world as “Global warming” has become one of the primary concerns of every single nation, new ways of using renewable sources are constantly being developed for the betterment of humanity and the environment. One of the most essential factors which humans are failing to understand is that global warming is not just going to harm the earth in a massive way, but it is also going to end all life on this earth as we know it.

To protect the environment many companies and world leaders have started to concentrate and rely on the use of renewable energy as these forms of energy can be used for an extended period of time without the risk of them ever harming the environment. One among these sources which is highly contributing to the production of power is wind electricity. With the help of windmills placed around the world at strategic places, electricity is being produced in abundance but what is the true impact of it and how is it helpful? Thus to help cure this curiosity of many people, here are the various effects of wind electricity on the environment.

 

Positive effects of wind electricity

 

Clean power – The electricity produced with the help of wind energy is undoubtedly clean as it does not require any form of fossil fuel such as coal or oil to function. Hence this type of energy is chemical free. This form of energy not only helps keep the environment clean but is also helping to stabilise the nation’s economy as no fossil fuel is required to be imported from another country thus saving a ton of money in this process.

Space-saving  – Unlike other forms of electricity generation plants which require massive places, building a windmill can be done anywhere, even on existing farms without destroying them. This form of electricity generation methods has recently become extremely common as they are not just helping generate electricity by using green energy but is also helping to make electricity accessible to far off places where power lines cannot easily be laid.

 

Negative effects of wind electricity

 

A threat to wildlife – The blades of the turbine are exponentially large and as it’s the crucial part of the windmill, thus nothing can be done about it. The edges of the windmill blades are incredibly sharp and as they rotate with a great force and velocity, thus they are one of the main reasons for the death of thousands of birds and bats every year. This generally does not pose any harm to humans, but it’s highly recommended that you look at windmills and enjoy them only from a distance.

Noise pollution – Due to the massive size of the parts and the height of the windmill it makes it extremely hard to build and then take care of it on a regular basis. The usual sound which a windmill makes can reach anywhere between 50 to 60 decibels which is enough to keep any human as far away from it. Some people also think that windmills look ugly and harm the look of the environment, but this can solely be based on the personal liking of a person.

 

4 Environmental Impacts of Renewable Electricity Generation

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Renewable Energy is energy that can be harnessed from resources that do not deplete over time with human consumption. This kind of energy is reaped from sunlight, rain, wind, tides, waves, & geothermal heat. The energy derived from these sources is mainly utilised in air & water heating/cooling, transportation, electricity generation & rural energy services.

There are drawbacks to everything there is, and renewable energy holds no exception to this fact. Like any other means of electricity production, renewable energy also has its share of impacting the environment negatively. It is believed to also have adverse effects socio-culturally. The below enumeration will shed light on how detrimental the effects can be.

  • Cultural Impact: Large-scale prodigious hydro-electric projects have substantially had stringent ramifications, especially when deluging scenic glens or towns. Case in point, the reservoir of Dalles dam flooded Celilo Falls & the little hamlet of Celilo, which predominantly was a tribal fishing area and a cultural centre. Like any other dam on the Columbia River, Dalles dam serves many purposes, which also includes flood control, improved navigation, irrigation, and the generation of electricity nearing 1800 MW.
  • Impact on Wildlife: The impact of wind energy on wildlife has been long debated and has occupied a top spot in the list of concerns. Collisions of birds & bats with the blades of wind turbines have splatted them to their death. The number varies on the turbine technology as much as it does with the turbine siting. The number is seemingly whopping, killing roughly around 20,000 to 40,000 birds in 2003, in the US alone. Albeit these numbers might seem insignificant in contrast to the millions of bird deaths that happen due to impingements on buildings, motor vehicles, & high-tension lines, they adversely have an impact on local bird populace.

  • Aesthetic Impact: This factor might not much seem to impact extensively for the general public, but would be an issue for the villages & townships surrounding the energy generation site. Wind farms are often advocated to be erected at places which receive the highest density of wind, like on ridgelines. They also are proposed to be built at sites which have seen no prior industrial growth. The NRC study encourages carrying out a visual assessment process to determine if a particular wind project site would result in jeopardy of valuable aesthetic resources.
  • Greenhouse Gases Emission: Amongst the many sectors which use fuel in the States, electric power production is the largest sector which belches CO2 consistently, which tantamounts to over 2.3 billion metric tons in 2007. Whereas in China, it is estimated to have emitted an approximate of 3.1 billion tons of CO2 in 2007.

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Using renewable sources will contribute to a better living today and will ensure a healthy future tomorrow. Depending on these renewable sources is a lot advantageous in many ways. It is not just about health; there are a lot of other things that come into play.

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