Will over-reliance on the renewable energy sources prove to be a beneficial affair for the US ? This is a question that requires serious attention. As an effort to tap the best out of wind and solar energy, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has made specific plans. You can take the wind energy program as an example that is devised to propel the rate of wind power deployment in the US. Besides this, the DOE also considers this plan ideal for promoting national security, attaining better economic growth, improving the quality of environment by reducing greenhouse emissions, and creating domestic jobs.
The DOE has also made significant investment for the development of wind power technologies as an effort to make the US position more strong in the global wind market. DOE has a huge expectation from this wind energy plan as they consider wind energy competent enough to effectively compete with the retail electricity rates. Moreover, other expected benefits associated with this plan include lowered natural gas consumption, and increase in annual employment rate due to requirement of personnel to support construction, working and proper maintenance of wind turbines.
Actually, a number of factors decide the cost of energy generated over the defined life of a project. As far as economies related with the offshore wind turbines is concerned, the fact is that initial investment cost for offshore wind power has increased by 55% between the years 2005-07. Also, there are a number of accessibility issues related to the operation & maintenance of offshore wind turbines that leads to an overall increase in the corresponding cost. Electricity generated from wind turbines therefore remains more expensive than that obtainable from conventional electric plants.
In order to attain energy independence, its necessary to formulate and implement a common sense plan. A good news is that you can find this efficient plan in a book on renewable energy named “Renewable Energy: A Common Sense Energy Plan”. This renewable energy data book has been expertly written by renowned author Brad Linscott. In this book, the author has discussed the various aspects related with use of renewable sources of energy.
You can also find systematic comparisons between renewable, nuclear & fossil fuels relative to their economy. The author has also described the impending energy problems faced by the US in this book. You can get the book from Amazon or from the site of Tate Publishers.