Most of our sources for power are fossil fuels, like oil and natural gas. But those are finite resources that are going to run out sooner rather than later, and the use and recovery of them causes environmental harm. Soon it will be time to start looking into other sources of power, new sources of electricity. One of the best methods is to use natural, renewable energy sources. The most famous one is solar power, in which the heat and energy that comes from the sun’s rays is harvested and converted into electricity. However, there is also another method that can help supplement our demand for energy: wind power and wind turbines.
The use of wind power and wind turbines has been on the rise in recent years and for good reason. One study shows that if used effectively, wind turbines can generate far more power than we currently use (1). Wind turbines have a lot of potential to generate the power that we need and use in our day to day lives. For example, one of the largest wind turbines out there generates enough electricity to power 600 U.S. homes (2).
However, there are a few drawbacks to the use of wind turbines. If there is no wind, there is no electricity being generated, but this problem can be solved by using other renewable energy sources in tandem with wind power. This is not a problem with a single, one size fits all solution.
The wind turbines could also be dangerous to flying animals like birds and bats. Another complaint is that wind turbines are noisy and ugly, though these problems are superficial and a small price to pay for clean, renewable energy (in fact, you have to wonder why they are even a concern at all).
All in all, the benefits outweigh the costs and we can work towards lessening or even removing whatever drawbacks may come with wind power.