Wind Farms Utility Scale Electrical Production

The potential for wind power has grown considerably in the last few decades due to advances in technology. Utilities are now building large-scale wind farms that produce hundreds of megawatts of power. In 2005, the worldwide wind industry output roughly 17 billion kilowatt hours of electrical energy. This displaced around 25 billion tons of carbon dioxide, 58,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, and 35,000 tons of nitrogen oxides.

To put wind potential into perspective, if the U.S. were to exploit only 10 percent of its wind energy potential, we could get rid of 600 coal-fired power plants. The wind farms would be located in only ten of our windiest states, and would be far from urban centers so the social impact would be minimal.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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