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1. Wind energy turns a windmill’s blades on a rotor that is connected to a main shaft. The main shaft spins a generator, producing energy. The amount of energy generated depends on the speed and direction of the wind. One drawback is proximity of the wind generation facilities to the distribution centers and/or to the homes served, which affects the quality and cost of the energy. See also: Energy
2. Electricity produced when wind is captured by turbines and converted into electricity. This is the cheapest, and fastest growing, renewable energy technology.
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In close coordination with our partners in North Carolina, we are moving forward to determine what places make sense to harness the enormous wind energy potential off the Atlantic seaboard.
The American wind energy market first began to surge in the 1980s, as three California-based turbine manufacturers--Kenetech (now bankrupt), Zond Systems (today a subsidiary of General Electric), and Seawest (still operating as a privately held company)--competed for dominance.
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As of 2013, Xcel Energy had 5,080 megawatts of wind energy on its systems, enough wind power to meet the energy needs of about 2.
As per the study, the top 5 countries in the worldwide wind energy market are China, US, Germany, Spain and India with market shares of approximately 21%, 20%, 14%, 11% and 7% respectively, representing approximately 73% of the total cumulative wind energy market at the end of 2010.
He said, The 100 communities across Canada that host wind energy operations, developments and businesses, as well as Ontario s Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP), recognize that wind energy is a proven, reliable and cost-competitive energy solution that drives economic diversification, environmental sustainability and rate-base value .
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According to officials, efforts are being made by state government for tapping nearly 3000 MW wind energy in the state.
The positive development of wind energy in India has mainly been driven by progressive state level legislation, including policy measures such as renewable portfolio standards and feed-in-tariffs.
Aruvian's R'search brings you a complete in-depth focus on the global wind energy in its report - Analyzing the Global Wind Energy Industry.
Four nations, Germany, US, China and India, have been taken into consideration in order to analyze the overall wind energy market.
offshore wind energy industry in two parts - one looking at overall developments, while the other focuses specifically on the developments in offshore wind energy in the Outer Continental Shelf.