Energy Planning Proposal
By Brandon Morgan
Professor Howard Schmidt
September 2, 2014
In this time energy is one of the most sought after resources we ask for. It powers just about everything we deal with and use on a daily basis. From the ATM to the charger for your phone. This energy costs money yet should we just throw the money towards the simplest solution at the time, or would it be wiser to look towards the long term use of the method of making energy? Renewable energy while it's most negative aspect is the costly measures of setting it up has possibly one of the best three aspects about it. One it emits little to no greenhouse gases. Second it is an energy source that renews itself so it has little chance of actually running out. Finally it becomes increasingly cost effective over the long term making it possible to acquire better means to gather even more energy.
While weighing the pros and cons of each source of energy manufacturing, the city came up with the most practical and efficient methods of producing energy that should fit within both the current budget and a long term budget. Hydroelectric energy, wind power, solar power, and geothermal are four constant sources that are both easy to monitor and maintain. At the budget of 10 billion dollars with these four forms of energy we still make the budget with an extra 1,000 megawatts of energy.
Wind energy is a clean renewable source of energy that is free to acquire and does not produce any sort of pollution. Once a turbine is built the cost of the operations is miniscule in comparison so over time the city can easily get back its money's worth. The mass production of materials for turbines and new technologies are making turbines cheaper. Also the government offers tax incentives to help encourage such use of a wind farm(National Geographic 2014). A wind farm is an area where several turbines are set up to generate power. Since this often requires an area that is void of...
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