Wind power is produced by capturing the energy in blowing wind and transforming it into usable electricity. Wind power is a method of producing clean electricity since there is no tapping of fossil fuel resources, environmentally damaging practices, or release of combustion pollutants.
The environmental benefits of wind energy are much greater than that of conventional electricity generation.
- Reduces dependence on fossil fuels or nuclear power.
- Renewable resource, never ending supply of wind.
- Improved air quality.
- Made locally, and energy produced can be shared on a grid.
"In 2006, the American Wind Energy Association estimates that wind plants in the US will generate 24 billion kilowatt-hours. If instead the average utility fuel mix were to generate that much electricity, 30 billion pounds (15 million tons) of CO2, 76,000 tons of Sulfur Dioxides (208 tons per day) and 36,000 tons of NOx (100 tons per day) would be released into the atmosphere." (Source: www.awea.org)
For information on the wind energy potential of the upper Midwest region, visit the links below:
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For more information on Wind Energy, visit the US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Page.