Wind Power

Advantages and disadvantages of wind power

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  • Created by: Amira
  • Created on: 19-05-12 12:28

ADVANTAGES

  • Wind energy is friendly to the surrounding environment, as no fossil fuels are burnt to generate electricity from wind energy.
  • Wind turbines take up less space than the average power station. Windmills only have to occupy a few square meters for the base, this allows the land around the turbine to be used for many purposes, for example agriculture.

Disadvantages:

  • Wind turbine construction can be very expensive and costly to surrounding wildlife during the build process.
  • The noise pollution from commercial wind turbines is sometimes similar to a small jet engine. This is fine if you live miles away, where you will hardly notice the noise, but what if you live within a few hundred meters of a turbine? This is a major disadvantage.
  • Protests and/or petitions usually confront any proposed wind farm development. People feel the countryside should be left in tact for everyone to enjoy it's beauty.
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