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Is Wind Energy Renewable?



Wind energy is renewable.


The wind is a renewable source of energy. Today, the wind is a valuable alternative to fossil fuels as a non-deplete-able source for electricity.

What Is Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy is energy that is derived from natural resources that nature replenishes and includes sunlight, rain, wind, geothermal heat, and tides. [1] Biomass, an energy source derived from organic matter such as crop waste, wood, and garbage, is also considered a renewable energy source because it can regrow over a short period of time.  [2]Non-renewable energy sources are natural resources that are not replaced by nature such as fossil fuels.  Once they are gone, they are gone. [3]

Wind Energy Produces Electricity

It is estimated that with new technology, wind energy could provide electricity to many with little impact on the natural habitat.  Utilizing only five percent of the nation’s land, turbines and wind energy equipment could provide up to twenty percent of the nation’s electricity needs. [4]

Wind Energy Eliminates CO2 Emissions

Already, the nation’s wind machines produce 3 billion kWh of electricity annually, which equates to 6.4 million barrels of oil. This helps to avoid about 1.67 million tons of C02 emissions, aiding the planet in the elimination of smog and acid rain. [5]

Wind Energy Is Economically Sound

Wind-generated electricity is proving to be an economically sound choice for consumers. Worldwide, the average cost of wind electricity is hovering at around what is equivalent to between two and three cents per kWh. The price of coal for electricity is more than double this amount. The price for wind-generated energy is half that of the price of nuclear energy. [6]



[1][3] Penn State University
What Is Renewable Energy?

[2] The Earth Institute of Columbia University
Is Biomass Really Renewable Energy?

[4][5][6]Alternative Energy
Wind Energy

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