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Wind Energy, Wind Power Generation

Wind energy.The following are authoritative EBooks and publications from government agencies, the industry, and universities.

20% Wind Energy by 2030

The U.S. wind industry got its start in California during the 1970s, when the oil shortage increased the price of electricity generated from oil."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."

Capturing Energy from the Wind

There is an abundance of energy in the lightest breeze.."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.

Wind Turbines on your Land: Renewable energy development for landowners

No known wind turbine will operate efficiently in very light airs."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."

Wind Power: Your Questions Answered

Friends of the Earth supports the development of wind power in the UK."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."

Generate Your Own Power: Your Guide to Installing a Small Wind System

The best wind turbine in the world is only as good as the wind that turns it."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."

Wind Force 12: A Blueprint to Achieve 12% of the World's Electricity from Wind Power by 2020

Within Europe, Germany is the clear market leader.."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."

Energy Revolution: A Sustainable Global Energy Outlook

Warming from emissions may trigger the irreversible meltdown adding up to seven metres of sea level rise over several centuries."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."

Promotion of Wind Energy: Lessons Learned from International Experience

Countries such as Germany or Spain, which have been successful in developing wind energy."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."

Permitting Small Wind Turbines: A Handbook. Learning from the California Experience

Wind turbines produce two types of noise."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."

Renewable Energy: Changing our Energy Future with Renewables

The ORNL Wind Program works to improve the environmental performance of wind systems."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."

Careers in Wind Energy

Although some States are better known for wind power than others, there are wind energy jobs in almost every State in the country."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."

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