Several theoretical studies have been reported in recent years which have indicated that large-scale wind farms can have an impact on local and regional meteorology, possibly on climate. Now evidence of it based on field observations has also begun to emerge. The present paper traces the evolution of this knowledge. It discusses the theoretical studies on the possibility of wind turbines effecting climate change, and summarizes the emerging confirmation of those predictions. The concluding part of the paper assesses the implications of these findings in the context of the world׳s past experience on global warming and its present thrust to meet substantial portions of its energy needs with renewables.
Impact of Wind-Energy Generation on Climate: A Rising Spectre
Title: Impact of Wind-Energy Generation on Climate: A Rising Spectre
June 01, 2016
Journal: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Abbasi, S.; Abbasi, T.; Abbasi, T. (2016). Impact of Wind-Energy Generation on Climate: A Rising Spectre. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 59, 1591-1598.