Wind

Wind Turbines are able to convert the kinetic energy from a natural wind resource into mechanical energy which is able to be converted into electricity. Developed over a millennium, today’s turbines are highly efficient, very reliable, and continue to be one of the lowest cost energy production technologies available. Application for this technology is only limited by zoning restrictions, but cost effective application is based on many factors. The major factor for wind generation is wind speed as the power output is a factor of the wind speed cubed. That means for every doubling in wind speed, power production is increased 8 fold! For this reason, the best locations for wind are high wind areas with wide open spaces. The wind speed also increases with height, so a taller tower generally increases power production, but also increases cost. A feasibility study that actually measures the annual wind speed at a proposed location is desirable to reduce the possibility of putting up a wind turbine in a location that doesn’t have sufficient wind. Overall, wind is a great renewable energy resource that can be deployed in many locations, is relatively cost effective, and is an integral part of renewable energy planning.