The following are authoritative EBooks and publications from government agencies, the industry, and universities.
"Energy prices, supply uncertainties, and environmental concerns are driving the United States to rethink its energy mix and develop diverse sources of clean, renewable energy. The nation is working toward generating more energy from domestic resources—energy that can be cost-effective and replaced or 'renewed' without contributing to climate change or major adverse environmental impacts."
"Energy prices, supply uncertainties, and environmental concerns are driving the United States to rethink its energy mix and develop diverse sources of clean, renewable energy. The nation is working toward generating more energy from domestic resources—energy that can be cost-effective and replaced or “renewed” without contributing to climate change or major adverse environmental impacts.
"Landowners can earn an income for each wind turbine, which typically uses less than one acre of land after taking into account the associated foundation, cables and access roads. The level of this income will depend on a number of factors including size of turbine, wind speed and wind quality."
"Friends of the Earth believes the debate about wind power must be balanced and informed. This booklet answers some common questions about wind power and puts in perspective the arguments often used to oppose wind developments."
"There are a number of important planning and technical issues that anyone wanting to install a small wind system needs to address before they get started. But don’t worry – none of the paperwork is onerous, and most of it is simply designed to ensure your wind turbine delivers as expected."
"In the Americas, the United States market has experienced a major revival, although still handicapped by lack of continuity in federal policies. In a volatile power market, large utilities are increasingly looking to wind power as a source of low-priced, stable electricity. Total US capacity has now reached 4,674 MW."
"Climate change is already harming people and ecosystems. Its reality can be seen in disintegrating polar ice, thawing permafrost, dying coral reefs, rising sea levels and fatal heat waves. It is not only scientists that are witnessing these changes. From the Inuit in the far north to islanders near the Equator, people are already struggling with the impacts of climate change. An average global warming of 2°C threatens millions of people with an increased risk of hunger, malaria, flooding and water shortages. Never before has humanity been forced to grapple with such an immense environmental crisis."
"Although wind energy is a rapidly growing technology its use remains geographically concentrated, with more than 75 percent of global installed capacity found in just five countries. These countries, and others wishing to develop wind energy have implemented various supportive policies covering areas as diverse as tariffs, technical R&D, administrative procedures, or education and communication, and range from direct project subsidies to general awareness raising."
"Wind turbines produce two types of noise: one from the equipment inside the nacelle, such as the generator, and the second from the aerodynamic noise of the rotating blades. Most small wind turbines do not have gearboxes or other noisy mechanical systems, and manufacturers have made them quieter through better sound insulation, lower rotor speeds and adjustments to blade geometry."
"The ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Wind Program works to improve the environmental performance of wind systems. ORNL expertise provides technical knowledge to Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Wind Power working groups that disseminate information through publication, panel sessions, and tutorial sessions to utility engineers, wind developers and wind plant designers, which helps to lower cost of integration and interconnection while increasing operational efficiency of wind power plants."
"Whether manufactured by the OEM or a supplier, the blades, towers, and nacelles are all built separately at different factories, many of which are located around traditionally industrial areas in the Midwest and around the Great Lakes. The growth of the wind industry will provide new opportunities for many American workers. As turbine manufacturers import fewer components, more domestic manufacturing jobs could be created."