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wind energy

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.
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.
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 .
According to officials, efforts are being made by state government for tapping nearly 3000 MW wind energy in the state.