The global wind energy industry has launched a new public awareness campaign called “Wind Power Works… Pass it on” which aims to catalyze wide spread support for wind energy and call on policy makers to commit to significant carbon emissions reductions to combat climate change.
The ‘Wind Power Works… Pass it on’ campaign involves downloading a virtual wind turbine onto users’ desktops to show their support for wind energy and deep emissions cuts. These turbines will demonstrate how many homes can be powered and how much CO2 can be saved through wind energy. The more wind turbines downloaded, the stronger the call to world leaders to agree the reductions necessary to avert climate change and to make wind energy part of the solution.http://www.windpowerworks.net/pass_it_o ... hange.html
The staggering growth of the global wind energy markets are being driven by a number of factors, including the wider context of energy supply and demand, the rising profile of environmental issues, especially climate change, and the impressive improvements of the technology itself.
The science is clear: if we are to avoid the worst ravages of climate change, global emissions need to start declining before 2020.
The power sector is not the only culprit when it comes to climate change, but it is the largest source of emissions, accounting for about 40% of CO2 and 25% of overall emissions.
Wind energy is the only power generation technology that will be able to make a substantial difference in CO2 emissions in the crucial timeframe up to 2020. It is quick to install, and on track to saving 10 billion tons of CO2 by 2020.
Security of Supply
Global demand for energy is increasing at a breathtaking pace, which will require significant investment in new power generation capacity and grid infrastructure. Just as energy demand continues to soar, supplies of fossil fuels are dwindling and prices are at their most volatile.
Wind energy, however, is a massive indigenous power source with is available virtually everywhere in the world. There are no fuel costs, no geo-political risk and no supply import dependency.
Wind energy makes sound economic sense . In contrast to other generation sources, the price for the fuel needed over the total lifetime of a wind turbine is well known: it is zero. This takes away a substantial part of the investor’s risk.
At many sites, wind power is already competitive with new-built conventional technologies and in some cases much cheaper. When taking into account the price of carbon, wind power is even more attractive.
Job creation and regional economic development are also key factors in economic considerations around wind power.