The subject of how to build a wind generator is piquing the interest of the domestic energy consumer more than ever. This is the result of an inter-play of several factors. It’s seen by many as a “symbol of hope” for a nation brought to the brink of economic disaster back in 2009. Even though, for the last ten years or more, wind power has been the fastest growing energy technology worldwide, the US has fallen far behind Europe in making use of this valuable resource.
As of 2009, eighty countries around the world produce commercial wind power. The US is now catching up – being stimulated by a federal government that is able finally to overcome the oil dominated thinking of the Bush administrations. Politics and “vested interests” had taken precedence over environmental factors dramatically during that period that we are now witness to the lack of expansion of wind power that we see today even in the so-called “under-developed” countries.
Technology and Big Oil
Another interesting factor is that recent advances in turbine technology have made wind-generated power the only form of renewable energy that is truly cost-competitive with fossil fuels. The US federal government and thirty-three states have now implemented legislation that will speed up the development of wind energy. As encouraging as this is, one needs to be mindful of how over-legislating can prevent all but monopolistic energy companies from installing domestic wind generators which then become too expensive and leave DIY enthusiasts prohibited from embarking on their own domestic projects on how to build a wind generator. Ironically, Texas, the Big Oil state has been leading the way in this endeavour. Case-in-point, the T. Boone Pickens plan for reducing US dependence on foreign oil, by proposing investment in “the biggest wind farm in the world” has been delayed because of tight credit markets and low natural gas prices. Big Oil’s investment in wind technology will continue to be pragmatic rather than altruistic, a concern for profit rather than preventing climate change. We may once again fall prey to the mercy of energy companies monopoly once the alternative energy industry is firmly established as a main provider of domestic energy.
Commercial Wind Farms
Developers in the US are now building wind farms with private sources of financing after first assessing meteorological data, access to transmission lines and environmental/community impacts. Despite having no real expertise in how to build a wind generator technology, the developer secures the leases, the permits and financing. Then purchases and installs the turbines, but instead of operating the facility himself then sells it on to an independent operator or directly to the local utility. Up till now, there has been little government direct investment, and in the push for green jobs, some believe that it is now timely for governments to provide bigger incentives for the lagging wind turbine manufacturing industry. Beneficial for investment confidence perhaps not so ultimately for the domestic consumer. However, from an environmentalist viewpoint wind farms are not universally accepted because of their visual impact and possible effects on the environment such as dislocating bird migration patterns. Federal lands are being made available and off-shore projects are being examined, but the more remote the location the more problematic and expensive transmission becomes. The individual homeowner however is not disadvantaged by this hindrance because with as little as an acre he can then see how to build a wind generator on his own property that will provide domestic energy much cheaper than the local energy provider. Take a look at the Windmax HY400 500 at the link below:
What Boosts Investor Confidence?
It seems that in providing investor confidence Federal policies are now adding certainty to the renewable energy industry, who are now boosting their efforts to achieve their targets. Thus encouraging companies to invest heavily in new manufacturing facilities and in training a work-force that’s needed to manufacture more than 8000 components that’s needed to produce the wind turbines. The industry continues to have a positive future in the US if only because of the government’s backing by promoting those much needed winds of change.
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