Wind energy produces value in several ways: it provides the United States with a domestic source of energy, creates cost savings for consumers and reduces environmental impact. Wind energy classifies as a renewable source of energy. It operates using natural winds, which spin wind turbines, producing electricity without burning harmful and toxic fossil fuels.
Wind energy produces financial and economic benefits in addition to environmental benefits. It ranks among the most popular and cost-effective sources of alternative energy in the U.S. An affordable cost makes it attractive to ratepayers, although the cost of wind energy varies depending on geographical location, utility provider and size of the wind project. Wind energy provides Americans with a national source of electricity, in turn reducing dependence on foreign sources of oil.
Having wind energy on U.S. soil also eliminates the need for transporting coal and fuels, which creates an environmental burden and increases costs. Unlike fossil fuels, wind energy produces no toxic emissions in its production process. Each megawatt hour of wind energy offsets substantial amounts of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, key elements in environmental and atmospheric harm. Wind energy also provides jobs for Americans, making it an economically viable source of electricity.