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Wind Power Problems

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The electricity produced must be fed into the local electricity grid. Yet it isn't always windy. When it is, turbines can be noisy, so local residents complain!

One solution to the problem of noise pollution is to locate the turbines in the sea: so called offshore. Below is a photo of the UK's first major offshore wind farm, off the coast of Norfolk.

The UK's first offshore windfarm, Norfolk

Turbines cannot be turned on in short notice. Wind power alone can never supply all of our needs. Instead, it will form an important part of a mixture of energy sources.

Technology is developing fast and manufacturing is becoming cheaper. Improved designs means more electricity is produced; its price is now comparable with conventional sources. In 2005, wind turbines for home use will become a reality!

Incredibly, the energy used in manufacturing and erecting wind turbines is repaid during the first 3-6 months of operation. Unlike most other developments, wind turbines can be removed at the end of their lifetime, typically 30 years, with no lasting environmental effects.

Wind energy is the most popular renewable energy: over 80% of the UK population are in favour of it. It is safe, reliable and a natural source of energy. In the UK alone has the potential to power the country 3 or 4 times over!

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