What Makes Any Form Of Electrical Generation Efficient? Essay

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What makes any form of electrical generation efficient? Is it the cost per energy unit, or the acreage needed per produced energy unit, or the impact/s on the climate? The reality is all of those factors and many more go into it – and there are varying degrees of “yes” and “no” depending on which factors the analysis is based upon. Considering the finite reality of natural resources, fossil-fuel produced electricity will never be a permanent solution to electricity needs and shortages - but can wind power play a real role in replacing those fossil-fuel based power plants? The solution this paper will suggest is an educated effort at the best and most practical (and efficient) uses for wind power. As mentioned above, there are a couple of factors that will help to provide some context for the discussion of wind power – we will start with a cost per megawatt (MW) comparison of wind power to some other common energy production methods. A recent article by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides some insight on this for the near future – giving estimates on energy costs for power plants in the year 2019, in what the paper calls the Estimated Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE), in US dollar per megawatt hour or $/MWh. Wind power is estimated to cost 80.3 $/MWh. When this is compared to the estimations for coal, natural gas, and nuclear power generation (estimated to cost 95.6, from 49-70, and 96.1 $/MWh respectively), it does match well against

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