Harnessing the Power of Wind
With the demand of energy continuously growing across the world with the booming human population and demand on valuable resources, the concept of “Renewable Energy” continues to gain momentum. Sometimes, the simplest solution to the demand is harnessing the power of the wind gusting outside your window right now. MBA Energy and Industrial has been the leader in the energy sector, building in all types of remote locations across the nation, across many industries, and will be a part of the upcoming American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Wind Power Conference in May 2018.
Brad Christensen, contributor for this post and Senior Project Manager at MBA Energy and Industrial said the Energy and Renewable (E&R) Industry can be summed up like this, “ In Henry David Thoreau's classic book Walden, Thoreau summarizes man's basic needs as water, food, shelter, and fuel. The Energy Industry supplies the fuel needs for mankind to enable heating, cooling, light, transportation, and electricity in general. The Renewable Industry endeavors to supply Energy in a longer term self-sustaining way.”
WITH ALL THE TALK OF "SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT" HOW DOES THE E&R INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTE TO THAT INITIATIVE?
The Energy and Renewable Industry contributes to the "saving the environment" initiative by striving to utilize free, virtually unending resources such as wind, solar lighting, and hydro currents to generate electricity. Additionally, on the AWEA.org website they provided many pros to the benefits of wind energy including the following:
- Wind energy is a clean, renewable form of energy.
- Wind power pumps billions of dollars into our economy every year, particularly into rural areas where over 99 percent of wind farms are located; 71 percent of those reside in low-income counties. Over the last decade, the industry has invested an average of over $14 billion annually in new wind projects.
- Wind energy supported over 100,000 well-paying American jobs in 2016, including 25,000 manufacturing jobs. The fastest-growing job in America is “wind turbine technician,” according to the Department of Labor.
- Wind energy is a drought-resistant cash crop that farmers and ranchers rely on to make a living and keep their land in the family. During 2016, U.S. wind projects paid at least $245 million in lease payments to landowners. The local taxes they pay help rural communities afford teachers, ambulances, and roads.
- Wind power produced $7.4 billion a year in public health savings in 2016 by cutting pollutants that create smog and trigger asthma attacks and other lung diseases, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.
- Transitioning to clean energy protects “all people from the harm of air pollution,” according to the American Lung Association. Its Healthy Air Campaign works for “reforms to transmission and distribution policies that will encourage the expansion delivery of clean, renewable, non-combustion energy resources” such as wind energy.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO THE LAND WHEN A WIND TURBINE IS INSTALLED?
The impact to the land is minimal, especially in agricultural settings. A wind turbine may take up to 750 square feet, roughly of ground for construction. Cattle and crop can still be free to roam and grow around the structures. Rumor even has it that farmers claim that it’s much easier to “farm wind, than corn.”
HOW IS WIND POWER USED, IS IT THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE?
Wind power is certainly growing. Many of the newer wind turbines can individually produce around 1.65 Megawatts of energy or more. This is estimated to be able to power around 470 homes per year. Christensen said, “in many places of the world, I'm convinced the wind will never stop blowing (Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, etc.). I'm glad to see the wind serve a higher purpose than lifting kites in the air.”
AWEA reports in 2017, 41 states including Puerto Rico and Guam had operating utility-scale wind energy projects, equating to roughly 52,000 operating wind turbines. Texas leads the nation in the number of wind turbines at 21,450.
In addition to Wind Power, MBA Energy and Industrial also specializes in solar farms and natural gas facilities and are leading the Energy and Renewable Industry with cutting edge technology, growth and expansion of their project portfolio to service this growing resource demand and development nation-wide.