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Finally, following this material would allow for a rational documentation of the most important areas for research. Environmental Benefits of Wind Energy The environmental benefits of wind energy accrue through its displacement of electricity generation that uses other energy sources, thereby displacing the adverse environmental effects of those generators.
Because the use of wind energy has some adverse impacts, the conclusion that a wind-energy installation has net environmental benefits requires the conclusion that all of its adverse effects are less than the adverse effects of the generation that it displaces.
The committee also did not fully evaluate so-called life-cycle effects, those effects caused by the development, manufacture, resource extraction, and other activities affiliated with all energy sources. Thus, in assessing environmental benefits of wind-energy generation of electricity, the committee focused on the degree to which it displaces or renders unnecessary the electricity generated by other sources, and hence on the degree to which it displaces or reduces atmospheric emissions, which include greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide CO2 ; oxides of nitrogen NOx ; sulfur dioxide SO2 ; and particulate matter.
This focus on benefits accruing through reduction of atmospheric emissions, especially of greenhouse-gas emissions, was adopted because those emissions are well characterized and the information is readily available.
It also was adopted because much of the public discourse about the environmental benefits of wind energy focuses on its reduction of atmospheric emissions, especially greenhouse-gas emissions.
The restricted focus on benefits accruing through reduction of atmospheric emissions also was adopted because the relationships between air emissions and the amount of electricity generated by specified types of electricity-generating sources are well known.
However, relationships between incremental changes in electricity generation and other environmental impacts, such as those on wildlife, viewsheds, or landscapes, generally are not known and are unlikely to be proportional.
In addition, wind-powered generators of electricity share some kinds of adverse environmental impacts with other types of electricity generators for example, some clearing of vegetation is required to construct either a wind-energy or a coal-fired power plant and its access roads and transmission lines.
Therefore, calculating the extent to which wind energy displaces other sources of electricity generation does not provide clear information on how much, or even whether, those other environmental impacts will be reduced.
This report does, however, provide a guide to the methods and information needed to conduct a more comprehensive analysis. Page 5 Share Cite Suggested Citation: Environmental Impacts of Wind-Energy Projects.
The National Academies Press. Recent model projections by the U. In the same period, wind-energy development is projected to account for 3. If the average wind-turbine size is assumed to be 2 MW larger than most current turbines9, to 36, wind turbines would be needed to achieve that projected capacity.
Because the wind blows intermittently, wind turbines often produce less electricity than their rated maximum output. Those are the fractions the committee used in estimating how much wind energy would displace other sources.
Other factors, such as how wind energy is integrated into the electrical grid and how quickly other energy sources can be turned on and off, also affect the degree to which wind displaces other energy sources and their emissions.
The net result in the mid-Atlantic region is unclear. Because the amount of atmospheric pollutants emitted varies from one energy source to another, assumptions must be made about which energy source will be displaced by wind.
However, even assuming that all the electricity generation displaced by wind in the mid-Atlantic region is from coal-fired power plants, as one analysis has done, the results do not vary dramatically from those based on the assumption that the average mix of electricity sources in the region is displaced.
Those two pollutants cause acid deposition and contribute to concentrations of airborne particulate matter. NOx is an important precursor to ozone pollution in the lower atmosphere. However, because current and upcoming regulatory controls on emissions of NOx and SO2 from electricity generation in the eastern United States involve total caps on emissions, the committee concludes that development of wind-powered electricity generation using current technology probably will not result in a significant reduction in total emission of these pollutants from the electricity sector in the mid-Atlantic region.
Page 6 Share Cite Suggested Citation: Wind energy will contribute proportionately less to electricity generation in the mid-Atlantic region than in the United States as a whole, because a smaller portion of the region has high-quality 2 wind resources than the portion of high-quality wind resources in the United States as a whole.
Electricity generated in the MAH—including wind energy—is used in a regional grid in the larger mid-Atlantic region.
Electricity generated from wind energy in the MAH has the potential to displace pollutant emissions, discharges, wastes, and other adverse environmental effects of other sources of electricity generation in the grid.
That potential is estimated to be less than 4. If the future were to bring more aggressive renewable-energy-development policies, potential increased energy conservation, and improved technology of wind-energy generation and transmission of electricity, the contribution of wind energy to total electricity production would be greater.
This would affect our analysis, including projections for development and associated effects for example, energy supply, air pollution, and development footprint. Electricity generated from different sources is largely fungible.
Depending on factors such as price, availability, predictability, regulatory and incentive regimes, and local considerations, one source might be preferentially used over others. The importance of the factors changes over varying time scales.
As a result, a more complete understanding of the environmental and economic effects of any one energy source depends on a more complete understanding of how that energy source displaces or is displaced by other energy sources, and it depends on a more complete understanding of the environmental and economic effects of all other available 2 The quality of a wind resource refers to the amount of wind available for wind-powered generation of electricity.
Page 7 Share Cite Suggested Citation: Nonetheless, the analyses in this report have value until such time as a more comprehensive understanding is developed. Ecological Impacts Wind turbines cause fatalities of birds and bats through collision, most likely with the turbine blades.
Species differ in their vulnerability to collision, in the likelihood that fatalities will have large-scale cumulative impacts on biotic communities, and in the extent to which their fatalities are discovered.A windmill is a mill that converts the energy of wind into rotational energy by means of vanes called sails or blades.
Centuries ago, windmills usually were used to mill grain, pump water, or both. The majority of modern. As he edges along the side of the house, he looks into the wind, feeling it dent his eyeballs.
It seems to make the whole landscape quiver and shiver, threatening to suddenly make it vanish with a flap. It knocks some birds around, too.
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Wind energy provides environmental benefits including ability to generate electricity without carbon emissions, water use, or emissions of water and air pollutants. However, the siting and operation of wind energy can present a risk of adverse impacts to wildlife, particularly individual birds and bats.
Wind Overview • New England has seen significant growth in wind development –Mostly on-shore –Proposed off-shore • New England Wind Integration Study (NEWIS) concluded that large scale wind integration is possible for the region. Another key difference between windmills and turbines is that turbine blades operate on the principles of lift and drag, similar to that of airplane wings.
As wind passes over an airfoil shape, a high and low pressure area form, causing lift, or in the case of wind turbines, causes the blades to rotate.