Wind Farms Environmentally Beneficial?

I have a debate coming up about the Wolfe Island Wind Turbine Project (The second largest wind farm in Canada). The debate is whether or not the Wolfe Island Wind Project, as well as wind turbines in general, are beneficial to the environment or not.

I know there are the simple answers that wind power is renewable and that it doesn’t generate any pollution (except in production it does). What I am looking for (without much success) are the BIG reasons why wind turbines overall benefit the environment (looking at environmental, economical, social reasons, possibly compared to other types of energy). Can anyone help? Links to websites would be awesome as well.

8 thoughts on “Wind Farms Environmentally Beneficial?

  1. I definitely think it totally is, because of the benefits to the Earth. This is the short and simple answer.

  2. BIG arguments? That is kind of hard to do with out some context. I would compare the pros and cons of wind as compared to other power sources. That might give you some ideas. Make two columns on a sheet of paper for the pros and cons and start writing.

  3. we have several in wis. a study has been launched studying the effects the creatures of flight ,emergency mobile operations. who knows what else may come about.they are beneficial . are not made in the usa but in china.Some of the Tower parts are being built 5 blocks from here.it takes 3,4 huge steel cylinders to make the towers of the windmills.Only one section can be loaded on one truck. they are so big they barely get through intersections, bridges for them to go under must be above 50 feet

  4. Yes and no. They do provide a clean source of energy that despite claims to the contrary, is cost efficient. There are no toxic emissions, no acid rain, or other ill effects.

    However, there is mounting evidence that wind farms may adversely affect people. People living near wind farms have reported headaches, vision problems, and other ills due to the seismic activity and low grade noise. In France, the National Academy of Medicine has gone so far as to say that no one should live within one mile of a wind farm.

    There are other arguments like the glare and shadow caused by the blade action. For migraine sufferers, the glare could trigger migraines. Pilots have reported being distracted by the glare, causing crashes. As one who suffers from migraines, I can see their point.

    Any environmental disturbance is likely to have a negative impact. With wind farms, I think that the U.S. is wise to take the France government’s advice and avoid human conflict.

    I’ve added a few sources.

  5. I wish they were. I have invested considerable time, energy and some of my company’s money in wind power and am less optimistic about its future.

    Wind turbines are complex, expensive machines. They require a lot of maintenance, tend to leak oil, kill birds, create noise pollution, and do not produce cost effective power.

    More importants, they are horrible base load sources. If large generators are driven off line counting on wind, then there is a generation deficit which takes hours to recapture unless we turn on more expensive quick peaking units.

    Wind can also wreak havoc on voltage levels required to properly support the grid. Under low loads, they can act like capacitors and cause voltage to skyrocket to failure levels. Transmission system operators hate wind.

    Wind Energy’s Ghosts
    http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/02/wind_energys_ghosts_1.html

    “The voices of Kamaoa cry out their warning as a new batch of colonists, having looted the taxpayers of Spain, Portugal, and Greece, seeks to expand upon their multi-billion-dollar foothold half a world away on the shores of the distant Potomac River. European wind developers are fleeing the EU’s expiring wind subsidies, shuttering factories, laying off workers, and leaving billions of Euros of sovereign debt and a continent-wide financial crisis in their wake. But their game is not over. Already they are tapping a new vein of lucre from the taxpayers and ratepayers of the United States.”

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