Wind energy pros and cons
Last updated 3/9/2022
Wind energy refers to any form of mechanical energy that is generated from wind or some other naturally occurring airflow. There are advantages and disadvantages to any type of energy source, and wind energy is no different. In this article, we’ll review some of the top pros and cons of generating electricity from wind turbines.
Top pros and cons of wind energy
Wind energy is one of the most common types of renewable energy in the U.S. today, and also happens to be one of our fastest-growing sources of electricity. However, while there are a number of environmental benefits to using wind energy, there are some downsides. Here are a few of the top pros and cons:
Pros and cons of wind energy
|Pros of wind energy||Cons of wind energy|
|Renewable & clean source of energy||Intermittent|
|Low operating costs||Noise and visual pollution|
|Efficient use of land space||Some adverse environmental impact|
|Wind energy is a job creator||Wind power is remote|
On the pros side, wind is a clean, renewable energy source, and is one of the most cost-effective sources for electricity. On the cons side, wind turbines can be noisy and unappealing aesthetically, and can sometimes adversely impact the physical environment around them. Similar to solar power, wind power is also intermittent, meaning that turbines are reliant on weather and therefore aren’t capable of generating electricity 24/7.
Below, we’ll explore these pros and cons in further detail.