Energy derived from wind power has become a viable and wide-spread method of meeting consumption needs throughout the United States. Wind turbines have appeared over the plains of Texas, off the coast of California and even backyards across the nation as desire for clean, cheap, and independent sources of energy has risen. This coupled with advances in energy conversion and distribution technology have brought what was a rarely seen or used energy source only a decade ago to the forefront of the American consciousness.
Wind power is an environmentally friendly, renewable, cost-effective, and easily accessible source of energy. It is currently being harnessed on a small scale (relative to other sources of energy production) to provide power to consumers who seek to pursue the above advantages. The most common method of harvesting this energy is through a series of wind turbines placed in geographically friendly locations that provide constant, strong winds. The motors within these turbines then produce raw energy which is converted and distributed as usable power.
Current projections indicate that through exponential growth, by the year 2020 energy obtained through wind power will provide for 12% of the world's energy needs. The universal quality of wind power, when considered alongside the relatively cheap cost of implementation suggests that these findings may not be entirely exaggerated. The ability to harness such a constant force as winds and turn that power into meeting the world's energy needs allows nations, both industrialized and developing, to diversify. Diversification of energy sources will lower reliance on any one source, provide for clean production of more of the energy consumed, and allow for industry to develop in new areas.