Gust Bust: negative aspects of wind power

Despite public perception, wind energy has its drawbacks. According to a new presentation prepared for the House Environmental Committee, wind energy is not as practical, economically viable or environmentally responsible as many people think.

Wind energy is capable of providing large amounts of power to urban areas. However, due to fluctuations in wind speed and direction, a wind turbine will only provide, on average, 30 percent of its full capability. Also, as any sailor can tell you, the wind is neither reliable nor predictable. This means that there is no way of providing constant, on-demand power for users, which is why wind energy is categorized as “non-dispatchable” energy. The technology to store and distribute the excess energy generated at lower demand times does not currently exist.

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