I’ve read quite a bit about Texas wind-powered electricity and thought we should take a deeper look into the positives and negatives associated with this type of electricity generation. Wind has been used for centuries to provide a renewable energy source for daily activities, as well as the Sun. These are natural 100% renewable energy resources that can be used to provide a large portion of, if not a majority, of the energy we require to power our World. However, the fact these hydrocarbons are significantly cheaper as a form of energy will continue to limit the growth of these renewable power sources. On the other hand, there is a recognition that we need to do a better job of protecting our environment and therefore we have many government subsidies in place to help wind and solar power become part of the mix as we move forward. Eventually, we will run short on hydrocarbons and by expanding our use of renewal energy sources, like wind and sun, and will be better prepared to meet this challenge.
That all makes sense but the jury is still out on the environmental impact of wind power electricity generation in Texas and elsewhere in the World. Many studies are conducting the effects of using wind to power huge windmills and changing the dynamics of the natural wind currents and thereby disrupting the environment. Some studies have suggested we are ruining the bat’s radar and we could cause a huge impact to the bat population. Some have suggested that the natural pollination of crops could be disrupted, not to mention the temperature variations that are caused downwind of the wind farms. We will all learn more together as this unique and power natural resource is exploited and may we all learn that the positive environmental effects far outweigh the negative.
Due to a variety of reasons, including government subsidies, you can currently buy 100% wind generated electricity plans in Texas for less than plans that are powered with coal and natural gas. At the Texas Electricity Alliance, we are encouraging our members to purchase the 100% Wind Plan available through our select provider in hopes that we can encourage the reduction of each of our members’ carbon footprint. I mean really, what if Al Gore is right and it is an inconvenient truth.
For more information on our Wind Energy Plan, visit us at www.TexasElectricityAlliance.com or give us a call at 855-255-7627.