Every idea has its good and bad side. I am just wondering what the odds are against wind turbine electricity.
You would have to consider them to be unreliable.
We know Niagara falls keeps going but the wind could die down.
Wind power must compete with conventional generation sources on a cost basis. Depending on how energetic a wind site is, the wind farm may or may not be cost competitive. Even though the cost of wind power has decreased dramatically in the past 10 years, the technology requires a higher initial investment than fossil-fueled generators.
The major challenge to using wind as a source of power is that the wind is intermittent and it does not always blow when electricity is needed. Wind energy cannot be stored (unless batteries are used); and not all winds can be harnessed to meet the timing of electricity demands.
Good wind sites are often located in remote locations, far from cities where the electricity is needed.
Wind resource development may compete with other uses for the land and those alternative uses may be more highly valued than electricity generation.
Although wind power plants have relatively little impact on the environment compared to other conventional power plants, there is some concern over the noise produced by the rotor blades, aesthetic (visual) impacts, and sometimes birds have been killed by flying into the rotors. Most of these problems have been resolved or greatly reduced through technological development or by properly siting wind plants.
The single biggest disadvantage is location. Many of the best wind fields are not where the power need is. Likewise some of the best wind fields are in areas where the residents don't want them.
Wind power is only a good solution where wind is continuously blowing. Since wind more frequently blows during the day and is generally more calm at night, it cannot be considered a reliable source, but rather a supplementary source.
The cost for the construction and erection of the wind turbines is expensive and some would say is a visible pollution.
Most agree that solar and wind combined can only supply about 10% of the worlds total requirements of electricity.