Wind Power Has Officially Become #1 Renewable Energy Source in U.S.

Wind Power Has Officially Become #1 Renewable Energy Source in U.S.

Nathalia Valdez, Associate Editor-In-Cheif

Nature has helped humans since the beginning of time. It has provided us with lots of resources such as fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas, etc.). Natural resources are very common in modern society. However, some of these resources are harmful to the earth. Burning coal has drastic effects on the atmosphere and air quality, while wind power offers a cleaner alternative. Natural resources are useful despite not always being reliable. Wind power (as in turbines) has officially become the most used renewable resource. Hydropower had previously been in the lead of renewable resources since approximately 2012.

Wind power is the act of harnessing or collecting the wind. The way the wind is “collected” is actually caused by the flow of the wind, which generates electricity. Then that electricity is saved in a generator, then later distributed.

Wind power is more effective than hydroelectricity, “Wind generation totaled 300 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2019, exceeding hydroelectric generation by 26 million MWh.”

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“Wind generation has increased steadily during the past decade, in part, because the Production Tax Credit (PTC)—which drove wind capacity additions—was extended. The annual hydroelectric generation has fluctuated

between 250 million MWh and 320 million MWh in the past decade, reflecting a stable capacity base and variable annual precipitation.”

Wind power is currently the most efficient type of energy, not only that but it is reusable and clean, meaning we aren’t harming the earth and still using energy.