Compared to the environmental impact of traditional energy sources, the environmental impact of wind power is relatively minor. Wind power consumes no fuel, and emits no air pollution, unlike fossil fuel power sources.
The energy consumed to manufacture and transport the materials used to build a wind power plant is equal to the new energy produced by the plant within a few months. While a wind farm may cover a large area of land, many land uses such as agriculture are compatible, with only small areas of turbine foundations and infrastructure made unavailable for use.
Carbon dioxide emissions and pollution
Wind power consumes no fuel and no water for continuing operation, and has no emissions directly related to electricity production. Wind turbines produce no carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, mercury, particulates, or any other type of air pollution, as do fossil fuel power sources.
Based on the mix of electricity generating facilities in the US today (including coal, natural gas hydro and others), each kWh of electricity produced is responsible for the emission of over 1 pound of CO2 into the atmosphere. An over abundance of CO2 is the main contributor to global warming.
In our homes, on average, we consume 12-15,000 kWh of electricity per year or 30-40 kWh per day. By installing a turbine that produces a similar amount of electricity per year as you consume, you alone are responsible for as much as 15,000 pounds of CO2 that is not being released into the atmosphere!
Wind turbines capture attention and make a statement. When a wind turbine is installed and becomes operational, it attracts the interest and attention of friends, neighbors and customers.
Making a difference with wind power. Once the local community, of businesses and residential land owners see the first turbines go up, they often follow. This creates a substantial positive effect on the community and the environment at large.