Energy Crisis

by Published: Mar 20, 2013

It may be from edu­ca­tion or just a pas­sion I have to be sus­tain­able, but I am wor­ried about where our nation is head­ing in regards to energy.

Over break I trav­eled to Tennessee and along the way, I saw the roller coaster of gas prices. The prices did not deter peo­ple from trav­el­ing though. This is an energy source most of us use on a daily basis, and it is pol­lut­ing our air. Technology is improv­ing and more vehi­cles are going elec­tric or improv­ing their miles per gallon.

During my trav­els I also saw fields upon fields filled with wind tur­bines. I was so excited to see that more and more wind tur­bines are being installed. I know some think these are more of a neg­a­tive impact than pos­i­tive, but why not use the wind? Wind is free, after all, and will always be here.

The space taken up by the tur­bines is smaller than the oil rigs we have that are drilling a non renew­able resource. Wind is renew­able along with solar energy.

As a nation and world we need to become smarter with our energy sources. Over time, the cost to install solar pan­els and wind tur­bines have decreased to become more afford­able and give a bet­ter return on investment.

It will take time for peo­ple to adjust to this change, but some­thing needs to be done to save the environment.

In many of my courses, top­ics include energy, so I am aware of the costs and what is avail­able. I strive to recy­cle and reduce waste and use as lit­tle energy as pos­si­ble. It is hard to change and over­come what we have become accus­tomed to.

Instead of dri­ving to work, I choose to walk as much as pos­si­ble. We are the ones who can make this change to reduce our car­bon foot­print. I think we all want to be able to stay on Earth and give our chil­dren the oppor­tu­nity to one day fol­low in our foot­steps in a cleaner world.

Take the time to do your own research and save the envi­ron­ment you live in. The wind tur­bines may not be aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing, but it is no dif­fer­ent than a power line or build­ing tak­ing up space. It is quite sim­ple: Reduce, reuse and recycle.

 
 
  • Breakingwind

    I totally agree with you, we must all “Reduce, reuse
    and recycle”.

    And I agree “Wind is renew­able along with solar energy”.

    But

    both are low den­sity inter­mit­tent sources & our require­ments are for
    hi-density instan­ta­neous power, the sim­ple laws of physics pre­vent the for­mer
    sup­ply­ing the latter.

    You say “wind tur­bines may not be aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing,”
    but that’s a mater of per­sonal taste. I find the 3 blade design rea­son­ably appeal­ing
    but pre­fer the’ look’ of an inef­fi­cient triple expan­sion steam engine, although
    for a power sup­ply, func­tion not form rules, so nei­ther of those fit the bill.

    You also say “the wind is free”, well so is coal, gas, solar,
    ura­nium, water & timber.

    All fuel is ‘Free’, the cost is in cap­tur­ing & using it
    – wisely.

    You men­tioned — “I was so excited to see that more and
    more wind tur­bines are being installed.”

    I bet the ‘renew­ables’ com­pa­nies are more excited, know­ing
    that a gullible pub­lic is forced to pay them enor­mous amounts of cash for the
    next 20 yrs for no benefit.

    For a flavour of CASH
    gen­er­ated by wind­farms per mth, (More than 50% is subsidy’s.) see– http://​www​.vari​ablepitch​.co​.uk/​s​u​m​m​a​r​y​/​m​o​n​ey/

    ( See this List of some (700ish) UK
    wind­farms – includes Generation
    pay­ments, OFGEM ROC pay­ments +
    Capacity fac­tors, Outputs, Graphs, Maps. — http://​www​.vari​ablepitch​.co​.uk/​s​t​a​t​i​o​ns/ )

    The wind pol­icy has suc­ceeded in doing two things: ensur­ing
    that we have rapidly esca­lat­ing elec­tric­ity prices and penal­is­ing UK
    indus­try with Green taxes and high energy costs. If you doubt that, read the fol­low­ing
    gov­ern­ment report: ICF International, for the Department of Business Innovation
    & Skills (BIS), ‘An International Comparison of Energy and Climate Change
    Policies Impacting Energy Intensive Industries in Selected Countries’ (11 July
    2012):

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/31768/12–527-international-policies-impacting-energy-intensive-industries.pdf

    If the Billions wasted on wind power in par­tic­u­lar, had been
    spent on reduc­ing our require­ments instead of want­ing to pro­duce more, we would
    be in a bet­ter place.

    Wind tur­bines are not an appro­pri­ate tech­nol­ogy for sup­ply­ing
    grid sys­tems because of inter­mit­tency & the large backup (spin­ning reserve)
    required. Because the inter­mit­tency of wind brings a huge finan­cial penalty
    Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Holland, have all cut back on wind instal­la­tions
    & are now build­ing gas & coal sta­tions (wor­ry­ingly Germany is going for
    brown coal ).

    Wind tur­bines are used suc­cess­fully in stand­alone desali­na­tion
    plants, pump­ing water into reser­voirs, etc where inter­mit­tency is not a problem.