6.1.2. Wind

Cities, countries and companies all over the world are  turning to wind energy. The wind energy technologies have developed rapidly, and are competitive with fossil fuels. Wind energy does not pollute, and once installed, the wind mills are cheap to maintain.

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The experts said it wasn’t possible until it was done in Denmark in the mid 1970’s . Wind mill parks on land as well as out in the sea are built. The prices are competitive, and the market expands fast. The Tvind wind mill, Esbjerg, Denmark. Photo: Å. Bjørke

Wind additions are being driven by recent improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies, which have resulted in the lowest power sales prices ever seen in the U.S. wind sector.

Growing corporate demand for wind energy and state-level policies play important roles as well.

Expectations for continued technological advancements and cost reductions may further boost future growth.
US Department of Energy (2015) 2014 Wind technologies market report

Wind farms and wildlife can and do coexist peacefully. Wind power’s overall impact on birds is low compared with other human-related causes like tall buildings or traffic. And if you compare wildlife deaths across energy sources, studies show that the oil, gas, and coal industries account for far more bird deaths than wind power.
Not to mention pollution from these industries, which has a much greater impact on wildlife and the environment. Climate reality project: (2016) Top wind energy myths

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Chapter 6 6 Greener future?
6.1 Green technology
6.1.1 Solar
6.1.2 Wind
6.1.3 Renewable energy
6.1.4 Energy storage
6.1.5 Geo-engineering
6.2 Ecological footprint
6.3 Greener law?
6.4 Greener business?
6.5 Greener architecture?
6.6 Greener tourism