Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
To celebrate the growing contribution of wind energy in Canada we asked students across the country to tell us what wind energy means to them and why they think it should be a part of our future energy mix. Here is what Jessica had to say.
A New Take on a Brave New World: Wind as a Renewable Energy Source
Imagine a world where society has access to an endless resource that is able to fill a huge proportion of Canada’s energy needs, creates jobs and gives off no greenhouse gasses or pollution; in fact, use of this resource will reduce Canada’s annual greenhouse gas emissions! This resource is vital in combatting climate change.
The facilities for extracting this resource do not pose a physiological threat to humans and do not have a negative effect on property values. This resource drives competition and innovation among developers and energy providers, resulting in remarkable advances in technology and guaranteeing affordability and price stability over traditional sources of energy. Finally, this resource invigorates rural economies without damaging traditional ties to the land and nature and allowing traditional farming and ranching activities to proceed undisturbed.
Does it sound too good to be true? As utopian as it seems, wind energy is real, current and brings a message of hope for Canada.
Critics of wind energy assert that the turbines are noisy (they are actually quieter than your neighbours), that wind farms will be ineffective against climate change (just one turbine saves 4000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually) and that wind farms kill birds (birds are literally more than 1000 times more likely to get killed by cats). Current and ongoing research has debunked many such myths and continues to validate the importance of wind energy as a complement to other existing energy sources. It is important to ask questions and be cautious of ideas that could lead us to a dystopian future, but wind energy seems to be blowing us in the right direction. Indeed, it currently powers over one million Canadian homes.
Jessica is currently completing a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Calgary. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Calgary.