Misunderstandings around wind energy

Misunderstandings around wind energy

As long as there exist wind mills there have been objections. Even against the first wind mills which were used centuries ago, used for to make flour out of grain, objections existed. Also in 2004, there is sometimes a considerable resistance against the placement of wind turbines. Although we as Kemperman & partners generally see advantages of wind energy we take objections always extremely serious. The most attentive objections are:

  • Antagonists of wind energy come frequently with low output percentages (< 20%) if it concerns about wind energy. Frequently these figures are based on a mix of older and newer turbines. They forget to say that the output has improved strongly in the previous years, the more if you put it against the costs of investment. We find it important to examine per location what the output is and which turbines produce the most optimum result.

  • Antagonists of wind energy frequently indicate that wind energy can cover only a small part (approx. 10%) of the total energy need, because of the low output. At this moment is that indeed the picture, only we have not reached that level of 10% and the technological developments are going forward.

  • Antagonists of wind energy frequently say that the energy costs for making and placing a wind turbine are high. A wind turbine can produce as much energy to 60-80 times as is necessary for its own production, the installation, maintenance and demolition (the so-called output factor). In approximately three months a wind turbine, on a good location, can produce the energy required for itself.

    Did you knew that also the combustion of fossile fuels (petrol engine and generating stations) frequently have a very bad output (30% or less)?

  • Antagonists of wind energy frequently indicate that subsidies by the government are waste of the money, because there are cheaper alternatives. We find it important that the government subsidises up to the moment wind energy can stand on its own legs. The alternatives on which antagonists of wind energy indicate are frequently problematic (for example nuclear power) or too much a burden for the environment.

  • Antagonists of wind energy indicate that wind energy is an expensive form of energy. At this moment that is also the case, because other energy sources (gas, coal etc.) are too low priced (the environment costs have not been processed; if this, however, would be done this energy will become very expensive; now the community pays environment damage). The moment other energy sources become more expensive this will works in the advantage of wind energy. With a correct economic calculation of all costs, wind energy (with water power) is now already the most economic (and ecological) energy source.

  • Antagonists call the fact that wind turbines do not work frequently as an argument against wind energy. There always must be energy sources which catch the moments of low energy supplies. On this argument are a lot of things to bargain. In the first place wind energy will always be but one technique to provide in our energy needs besides for example solar energy, waterpower and biomass. That means that the fluctuations in wind energy are caught. Moreover, if the wind does not blow at the one place, it blows elsewhere. Certainly by cooperation in European connection this means that there is - on the whole - always energy.

  • Antagonists of wind energy frequently call the nuisance in the direct surroundings as an objection. We take such objections extremely serious in our projects, but on the basis of facts (then we take into account in good consultation with neighbouring people) and not on the basis of unfounded opinions.

    In the projects which we accompany there is much attention given to these aspects. We discuss with all people concerned (neighbouring people, municipality, environment movement etc.) to reach the best result.

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