Wind Power

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Wind Power

Wind Power in ChicagoBy: Helen Murray and Juliette Speck

Dear Dr. Palzet, We awaken every day to 10 mph wind speeds continuously whipping in our face. A lake nearby and flat land for miles on end creates the perfect area to take advantage of the never-ending winds. That is why we propose that Wilmette Junior High School install a wind turbine of its very own. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), “wind energy is one of the most affordable forms of electricity today.” Not only would we be saving the environment, but we’d be saving money too. Unfortunately, a utility sized wind turbine can cost as much as 1.3 million dollars but the AWEA also states that it only takes a few years to regain all of the material and labor expenses. From then on, the wind turbine will continue to save you thousands each year for decades to come. In the past there have been some worries concerning the safety of a windmill and the environmental issues it may cause. However, rest assured because most of these concerns are myths. One issue brought up a lot is the safety of birds flying in the area. The risk for birds is actually quite low, much lower in fact, than flying in a city or anywhere near buildings. The ratio of birds that die of wind turbine accidents to birds that die by running into buildings is one to thirty thousand. Another thought that may plague someone is the worry that the noise may distract students. Modern wind turbines actually produce very little noise. The sounds of the blades turning are often masked by the wind itself. A wind farm up to 1000 feet long can be no more noisy than a running refrigerator. We hope that you will take our thoughts into consideration as building a wind turbine right in our backyard could be a learning experience, a money-saver, and an earth-saver. -Your committee

Wind turbines are modern energy efficent energy producers that create very little noise. The sounds of the blades turning are often masked by the wind itself. I wind farm up to 1000 feet long can be no more noisy than a running refrigerator.Some People complain that Wind turbines kill birds, but actually Wind turbines kill very few birds. Birds die more often from coliding with a building than by getting hit by a wind turbine.Wind energy is unpredictable and must be “backed up” by conventional generation- no power plant is 100% reliable, however, like other power plants, backup is provided by the entire interconnected utility system.

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