Wind power in the United States is rapidly becoming a popular mode of producing energy thanks to its renewable nature and economic incentive. Though wind turbines commonly require a not-so-modest amount of real estate to implement on a meaningful level, once built they can provide numerous benefits.
Of course the most apparent benefit to wind energy is the fact that it requires no fuel (in the traditional sense that disqualifies wind as “fuel”) and produces no waste. This translates to an exceedingly low level of maintenance that must be performed in order to obtain electricity. Wind power is essentially a large investment in not requiring oversight on energy production. This avoids problems with the increasing costs of oil, our most commonly used fuel source at the moment, as well as the public’s fear regarding nuclear reactors, despite the risk of a meltdown being extremely low in reality. Wind power offers a source of energy which does not produce many sources of opposition in the average citizen.
Many citizens in the United States might prefer solar power as opposed to wind power as a form of renewable energy. However, solar power comes with a host of problems that need not even be addressed when dealing with wind power. Solar power requires sunlight to hit panels unobstructed at an optimum angle for full output, and the materials used in their construction can also be hazardous to maintain and replace. Wind turbines, on the other hand, merely requires a modicum of open land in order to catch the wind on the turbine blades and transform it into electricity.