Rock Port Missouri recently became the first city to be powered by wind energy. Wind power plants on a nearby bluff produce an estimated 16 million kilowatt hours. The city's 1,400 residents consume an average of 13 million kilowatt hours. The excess energy is sent out to neighboring towns. Since wind is unstable, the city sometimes has to pull energy from other parts of the grid to power itself.
While this city may be small and not entirely reliant on wind power, it still represents a huge step forward in the use of wind as an alternate energy source. How plausible do you think wind energy is as a future energy source? What are the benefits and drawbacks that may shape its future?
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