Renewable/Non-Renewable Energy Sources

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Wind

  • Non polluting
  • Produces low cost power
  • Can be installed offshore to reduce visual impact
  • Viewed as an eyesaw
  • Noice and vibrations affect communities
  • Can effect environmentally sensitive sites - bird life

Water

  • Low running costs
  • Reservoirs provide leisure and tourism for fishing and sports
  • Dams control flooding
  • Expensive to construct plants and dams
  • Failures can result in flooding and destruction
  • Greenhouse gases are produced due to decay of plant life

Solar

  • Large amounts of availability
  • Produces enough energy for national grid to cope with peak demand times
  • Low operating costs
  • Expensive

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