About Wind Energy
According to Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis, wind energy is reliable, abundant and affordable. In fact, wind energy was the lowest cost new energy resource in 2017 and offers a natural hedge against volatile fuel prices.
According to American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) 2017 Annual Market Report, the success of the U.S. wind industry has had a ripple effect on the American economy, supporting a jobs growth rate 9x faster than the average industry. In 2017 there was a record high of more than 105,000 Americans employed in the wind industry.
Today the U.S. has more than 90,000 megawatts of total installed wind capacity, which is enough power more than 27 million average U.S. homes each year.
Wind turbines are made to capture natural power from the wind to convert to electricity, and the energy from a single turbine can power hundreds of homes. A standard wind turbine stands at about 262 feet and consists of a steel tower, three blades, and a nacelle in the center containing the shaft, gearbox, generator and controls. Wind blows through the turbine blades causing them to rotate, which spins a generator located in the turbine gearbox producing electricity.
Wind energy production is commonly measured by a Net Capacity Factor (NCF), which is the ratio of energy production over a given period of time. As the wind industry has grown, turbine technology has become more efficient and more affordable, allowing wind projects to become economically feasible and producing enough electricity to compete with traditional energy sources.
Wind energy works for America. By the end of 2017, the U.S. had an installed capacity of over 90 gigawatts, enough electricity to power 27 million homes. Wind power has more than tripled in the last 10 years and is now the largest source of renewable energy in the country.
We work with the appropriate stakeholders and agencies at the local, state and federal levels to ensure regulations are followed during all phases of the project. Environmental considerations are taken into careful account in the siting of project infrastructure and ensuring the minimum feasible impact is always the goal.
Unlike other sources of electricity that produce harmful emissions, wind energy is a clean, renewable energy source.
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Wind energy saves over 528 gallons of water per megawatt-hour of produced electricity.
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