Wind Farms: A Win Win for Energy and Population HealthPosted by: Trina Hackensmith | Posted on: August 13, 2018
August 5-11, 2018 was the second annual American Wind Week, a week celebrating the United States leadership in creating this low cost and reliable form of energy.
I remember the first time I came across a wind farm. I was driving from one client site in Indianapolis to a second client in northwest Indiana. As many of you know, the Midwest is flat! You can literally see for miles and miles. However, the road I was traveling was “long and winding” and as I turned a corner the wind farm came into view. There’s something very majestic, awe inspiring, and a little futuristic the first time you see a wind farm. I quickly turned off the radio, unrolled my car windows and slowed down to see if I could hear the sleek blades cutting through the air. The quiet that filled my car was unexpected and amazing. How could so many wind turbines be so quiet? It’s an experience I will never forget.
According to the American Wind Energy Association U.S. wind farms are some of the most productive in the world and employ over 105,000 workers dedicated to bringing this clean, cost efficient energy source to homes and businesses throughout our country. And another fact near and dear to my heart, “using wind energy created $8 billion in public health savings during 2017 alone, by avoiding air pollution that creates smog and triggers asthma attacks.” So these wind farms are creating energy and improving population health! Sounds like a “win win” situation to me.
Seeing the wind farm also brought me back to my senior year in high school and my Spanish class project, telling the tale of Don Quixote and tilting at windmills….but that’s a different blog for another day.
To read more about the American Wind Energy Association and American Wind Week, click here.