More Wind Farms, Less Greenhouse Gases

Australia leads all developed countries in greenhouse gas emissions. In 2010, its emissions even increased by 0.5% from 2009. This is why its government and private sectors have been doubling its efforts to find more ways of lessening this occurrence and eventually diminish the effects of climate change. The chief power retailers in Australia like Country Energy, AGL, TRUEnergy and others contribute their resources to the development of renewable energy sources.

Among the primary sources being tapped are the wind farms. The country's location and natural resources make it a highly suitable area to develop these sources of sustainable power. Many efforts in building more eco-friendly power sources focus on wind farms, because it has one of the lowest environmental impacts compared to solar, hydro and other such points of supply.

First of all, it is compatible with agricultural life. Grazing and crops remain unharmed even with its presence. When compared with other energy sources, it occupies less land area per kWh of electricity that it generates.

While it isn't easy and fast to put up a whole wind farm, the investment is worth the endeavor as it generates the energy used in its development after only 3 months of operation. Also, a wind farm can operate up to two decades or more and causes almost a negligible amount of pollution.

Initially, there were community problems that have sprung against the establishment of these sustainable power sources. Most of them were objections about the wind farms ruining the regional landscapes, since they are part of Australia's attractions. Others were about heritage issues. However, people realized immediately the importance of reducing coal usage to preserve the environment. The people's disapproval of wind farms lessened even further when community consultation prior to every construction was done. Many objections regarding aesthetics also died down when some of these structures of renewable energy supply started to become tourist attractions.

Wind power generates significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions as it replaces most of the coal power in Australia. Just a single wind farm keeps the country from producing tons of carbon dioxide from its coal-powered energy supply.

Aside from wind power, people are also banking on hydroelectric power, which is the largest contributor of renewable energy in the country to date. Other types of sustainable power currently used are solar photovoltaic, geothermal, wave and biomass. The government, together with the chief electricity and gas companies of Australia like Country Energy, AGL and Synergy are aggressively researching on these sources to be able to develop more renewable energy systems that are highly effective and reasonably priced for all consumers. All these efforts are made with the hope of keeping low the impact of greenhouse gas emissions in the country and in the world.

Country Energy Australia is a major supporter of the country's efforts in developing more renewable energy sources. In fact, it is a partner in Australia's largest wind farms, including the Blayney, Crookwell, Lake Bonney and Wonthaggi Wind Farms. Know more about the company's environmental initiatives and how to switch to an eco-friendly power supplier on Switchwise.

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