The United States uses about 337,059,000 megawatt hours of electricity in one year. According to the U.S. Energy and Information Administration, the leading state in the U.S. for wind production is North Dakota. We Produce 6.34 million megawatt hours from wind energy. That’s 17.5% of all of the power produced in North Dakota, and 5.7% of all of U.S. power. One wind turbine generates enough power to power 500 medium sized homes.
The Wind turbine is a common name for the generator used to create wind power. The correct name is the aero-foil powered generator. There are different types of these, including: horizontal axis, vertical axis, and Darrieus turbines. Horizontal are the most common and the most powerful.
Currently, the U.S. department of Energy (DOE) leads the search for new ways to make Wind turbines easier to use, more efficient, and lower the cost. Thanks to them, since 2000, the amount of energy produced by wind has increased by 18 times what it was at 15 years ago. This also creates 75,000 jobs for people across the country in 44 different states. Companies have been working to make more and more Wind generators to help with the growing need for power in the U.S.
As of 2014, the U.S. had 46,000 Wind turbines on land. That does not include all of the generators of-shore. If we took advantage of all of the wind created in the United States in one year, we could power the entire country 10 times over. I think we need to take this advantage, and build more wind turbines. Most would say that it is too expensive, but from the money saved by no longer having any coal burning factories, or nuclear power plants, we could afford to make all of the wind turbines.
Overall, wind energy is more efficient, less damaging to the environment, and cheaper to use. If we invest as people as a country, we can help to better the future for ourselves and future generations. We will save ourselves from killing our planet with harmful chemicals and oxides like pollution form coal and gas. We could also create better ways to harness the power of the wind and improve turbines if we focus more on them and not on other resources.
How long do you think it will take for the U.S. and the rest of the world to convert to complete “green” energy?
What country do you think will fully sustain itself on wind energy first? and why?
How much power do you think one turbine can create over its lifetime?