America has long been one of the biggest consumers of oil in the world and the dependency continues to grow as more and more people use automobiles and airplanes for travel. Gasoline prices are through the roof, and since there is a relatively fixed demand for oil, price acceleration does not deter people from buying it. Many people want to find a way to combat high gas prices, but when foreign countries control the price of oil per barrel, there is little that can be done in the marketplace aside from using clean energy alternatives.
Clean energy alternatives are America’s primary option to end the addiction to oil and coal. Many people all over the country are investing in these energy alternatives, and at this time, the United States has the means to increase production of solar-powered energy products. This can benefit the country for a number of reasons. Introducing solar powered plants into the American marketplace will create jobs for millions of people out of work.
The manufacturing companies will have strict regulations on the amount of pollutants and chemicals that they will be able to release into the environment so the United States will also be helping to combat their carbon footprint on the earth. A healthier, stronger environment is good for everyone in the country, and most people will find that alternative energy is less expensive and more convenient to maintain.
Oil and coal are the energy sources of the past, and as the country grows, there will be many new opportunities to find energy alternatives that are safer, healthier and less expensive than the oil and coal Americans are now so dependent on. Solar power, wind energy and hydrogen fuel are just some of the many options that will help end the dependency on foreign oil and coal for a stronger, brighter future for America.
With the increasing issue of climate change and the excavation of much land for oil, never has it been more important to source renewable forms of energy.
There are 538 installed offshore wind turbines in United Kingdom (UK) waters, totalling 1,708 megawatts (MW), and a further 695 turbines in construction, totalling 2,508 MW. The full number of operational and turbines being built is 1,233. The average capacity of an offshore wind turbine is 3.17 MW. The fashion is toward turbines with a larger installed capacity: the average capacity of turbines in construction is 3.61 MW. Each turbine generates per year on average electricity which amounts to the annual consumption of 2,114 households.
The latest study on deployment trends carried out by RenewableUK analysing the current pipeline of projects, established that within the next 5 years (by 2016) there will be 8 GW of capacity installed, with a total of 18 GW by 2020. In terms of contribution to net UK electricity production offshore wind supplies around 1.5% today, growing to between 7% and 8% in 2016 and to around 17% in 2020.
The UK is the leader in offshore wind with the same capacity already installed as the rest of the world put together. Given the current construction and development pipeline, the UK’s sector lead is likely to continue until 2020. The nation with the most offshore wind farms after the UK is Denmark.