I've not really made up my mind about WIND FARMS. Do we need to care about climate change? If so, is Nuclear a better option than wind? Here's some good and bad points:
Arguments in favour of wind farms
- The UK needs to meet a target to generate 15 per cent of energy from renewables by 2020 as part of global plans to fight climate change.
- The technology produces no greenhouse gases once it has been installed.
- Wind farms will decrease reliance on volatile energy supplies from abroad.
- Manufacturing and installing wind farms in the UK will provide ‘green jobs’
- The technology is becoming cheaper as wind farms are built around the world.
Arguments against wind farms
- The turbines usually have to be sited in isolated windy spots, that are also often areas of outstanding natural beauty.
- The noise from wind turbines has been blamed for health problems including stress and insomnia.
- Wind turbines only work at maximum capacity for a third of time, meaning they have to be backed up by other technologies such as coal and nuclear.
- The inconsistent power generated by by wind farms requires the grid to be upgraded to cope with the surges in power.
- Wind farms are expensive to build and only last up to 25 years.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?? There's a poll on right for your votes. Comments as usual are very welcome.