Wind power is the one of the most passive of all technologies. The windmills require little maintenance and when used in large farms, can provide massive amounts of power which is fed back into the power grid.
The availability of wind is wind power's strongest aspect. It can be used in areas that too remote to make power lines economical, but it can also be used on a large scale to supply cities with an auxiliary power source.
The use of wind power depends on three things. First is the location of the area in question. The second is the proximity of the nearest power grid. And third is the customer is question. While wind power presents an economical solution for a farmer living in Montana, it is probably not as much an option for a large city. Firstly, the farmer is likely miles from the nearest power grid and it looking for a power source to power a relatively small amount. Here the farmer is an excellent customer for wind power. The second scenario is the city of Redwood. Redwood is located it a low plains area is looking to supply power to the entire city with power. Here wind is not most economical solution but could still be used as an auxiliary power to provide power during peak load time.
"Wind power is now the world's fastest growing energy source." So reports the Worldwatch institute. The Department of Energy is currently providing funds for several wind power projects (1). Currently, worldwide production exceeds 4000MW. " Wind energy is growing internationally too." Wind power is on the up and up in the Status Quo.
And now the question that could determine the future of the United States, can wind be a total solution for the current energy needs? " More than a dozen American an European companies, many with government assistance, are pursuing advanced wind technologies that are believed capable of closing the remaining cost gap with fossil fuel plants," says Christopher Flavin. Wind power is becoming more and more a economical solution for people worldwide as well as in the remote corners of the United States. The future of wind power will depend upon advances in its own technology sector as well as its appeal to companies for use in major power grids. *