Is wind energy environmentally friendly? That’s a question which is tricky to answer, depending on who you ask.
The Case for Wind Energy
In terms of renewable energy sources for cities, wind energy seems to not only be the most logical, but also the most easily harnessed. For many years, there has been a history of using wind energy to power windmills and other structures, helping to create more power for the people. This energy can be easily harnessed and used instantly and it is available in nearly any area. While there might be some locations which have more wind than others, the wind is bound to blow nearly anywhere. Wind energy is free once the device to collect it is created and it does not impact the natural resources of the area. Wind can be collected time and time, making it environmentally friendly.
The Case against Wind Energy
While wind energy is renewable and it can provide electricity and movement without any troubles, it is also an energy which can cause environmental problems. Some environmentalists like to focus on the benefits of wind energy, dismissing the downsides. Some of the less than environmentally friendly effects include:
- Use of natural resources to create the wind turbines or windmills.
- Turbines can kill wildlife.
- Turbines can upset ecosystems, migration patterns, etc.
The use of wind has many good intentions, but there are more factors to consider when the decision whether to use wind energy systems is the best idea.