The Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center in Texas Video

Wind is the fastest growing energy source in the world, and in the US alone, wind farms have popped up in more than 30 states; producing enough energy to power an estimated 2.5 million homes a day.
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The Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center in Texas Kate: Wind turbines are popping up at record pace across the US and thanks to growing concerns over natural gas prizes and a desire of energy independence and incentives for a renewable energy production, the trendiest likely to continue. For Horse Hollow Wind Energy center in South-West Texas is the largest in the world. Eric: Wind energy is a clean, removable energy resource that has no impact on water. It has no impact air remissions and it has very little impact on the land around it, well at the same time creating a tremendous economic boom for many oil companies throughout the United States. Kate: Critics of wind power point to a price discrepancy, noting that construction costs for wind power generators can run double those of fossil fuel plants. Supporters meanwhile counted that once wind facilities are constructed, there are no fuel costs. Remember, wind is free and maintenance is considered minimal, making wind power cost competitive. According to Mike Revak from Siemens Power Generation, it’s relatively easy to harness the energy in wind. Mike: You basically put a rotor on the top of the tall tower. The wind blows the rotor which is connected to shaft which drives the electrical generator to insulate electricity. Kate: The more towers, the more wind, the larger the generator and the larger the rotor diameter, the more energy is made. To date, more than 30 States boast wind plants providing enough energy to power about 2.5 million homes. The goal of the American Wind Energy Association is for a 6% of all home owners in the US to receive their electricity from wind by 2020. Mike: One of the biggest challenges facing our country is growing population and finding a sustainable source of energy for that population growth. Each year, more people consume more electricity with the bigger homes or powerful computers, cell phones, you name it. So, one of the challenges facing the country this to harness—how do you find more sources power and wind is one of the ways. Kate: And the US is not alone in realizing the power of wind. To Germany, Spain and Italy joined America among the world leaders in wind capacity. And in Denmark, wind energy supplies 20% of that nations total electricity demand. I’m Kate Brookes.

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