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Analyze the cause of the lack of development of renewable energy sources.

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Analyze the cause of the lack of development of renewable energy sources. For many years, renewable energy seemed to be the way out of the fossil fuel shortage, which will be hitting the economy within the next few years. However, when these alternative energy sources were invented, they were not being able to compete with the fossil fuel energy. So the hopes of the public for a fast turn-around of electricity production did not come true. The very slow process of improving these new techniques and adding them to the public power network has been an indication for some people that the dream of alternative, renewable energy sources has failed. Furthermore, many of the activists who wanted to shut down all fossil fuel plants when photovoltaic and wind power systems were introduced, are now the ones speaking against hydro- and wind-power because of the environmental impacts and the big number of birds who are killing by the windmill blades (Bradley 2). Although renewable energy is expensive and harmful to the environment and wildlife, it will succeed against fossil fuel energy sources and photovoltaic, wind- and hydro-power will be the energy source of the future. ...read more.

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Paul Brown writes, Sebastian Seidel 3 "Electricity production [in the U.K.] from wind leapt by 31% last year, making it the fastest growing industry in the field of power generation" (1). Every year, the amount of electricity produced by wind power is increasing, especially in the USA, Germany, Denmark and Spain (Brown 1). The improvements made in wind power generators in the past years, has led to more efficient wind mills. James Flanigan describes, "[a] single windmill generator today is capable of doing the work of 10 windmills of the 1970s, when wind power experiments began" (2). He adds, "Wind generation can deliverer electricity at 3 cents to 6 cents a kilowatt-hour" (2). This is a lot less than the average electricity price paid in the U.S. today. But although wind power seems to be the ideal energy source, environmental activist who were promoting alternative energy in the past now have doubts about wind power. Robert L. Bradley reasons in his article, that "[w]ind blades have killed thousand of birds in the U.S. and abroad in the last decade, including endangered species" (2). Like any human made construction, wind blades are a threat to birds, but so is any electricity line. ...read more.

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Still, the percentage of electricity made with renewable energy is growing every year. Canada for example adds "60%" of Sebastian Seidel 5 energy made by hydro-plants to the national grid (Baird 1) and Denmark satisfies 18% of electrical demand with electricity produced wind-power (Brown 1). Within the few next years, due to technical improvements and cheaper production methods, the percentage of renewable energy added to western countries demand will rapidly grow. But lots of research has to be done until then to limit the negative impacts on the environment. Sebastian Seidel 6 Baird, Stuart "Hydro-Electric Power." Energy Educators of Ontario 1993. 15 Jan. 2002. <http://www.iclei.org/efacts/hydroele.htm> Bradley, Robert L. "Dirty Secrets of Renewable Energy." USA Today Magazine May 1998. 14 Jan. 2002 <http://www.elibrary.com> Brown, Paul "Wind power use grows by 30%." The Guardian 10 Jan. 2002. 17 Jan. 2002. <http://www.guardian.co.uk> Flanigan, James "Getting serious about Earth-Friendly Energy." Los Angeles Times June 2001. 21 Jan. 2002. <http://www.web6.infotrac.galegroup.com> Greenwald, John "Energy: Here comes the sun." Time 18 Sep. 1993. 15 Jan. 2002. <http://www.elibray.com> Kozloff, Keith Lee. "Rethinking development assistance for renewable electricity sources." Environment Nov. 1995. 15 Jan. 2002. <http://www.elibrary.com> Linden, Eugene "Selling the Sun...and the Wind Renewable energy has come of age-but it's mostly foreign companies that are making money on it." Time 16 July 2001. 15 Jan. 2002. <http://www.elibrary.com> ...read more.

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