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Wind Power Richard Harth Angelina Genelow Stephanie Wilkie Patrick Verrastro Objectives Significance to Electrical Demand Agreement Locations for Development Current Developing Problems Technical Environmental Social Political Laws and Regulations Sustainability
Unequal distribution of heating on the Earth’s surface creates an atmospheric convection system that results in wind patterns.
A typical large wind turbine can generate up to 1.8 MW of electricity, or 5.2 million KWh annually, under ideal conditions -- enough to power nearly 600 households.
Lee Ranch Facility in Colorado
Act 213 passed in 2004, goes for all forms of alternative energy stating that a percentage of electricity generation has to be sold to PA customers
Transmission of energy to the grid by having organizations build new transmission facilities, also studying the cost and reliability impacts of wind transmissions
This leads to transmission expansion, fixing system operations, and reliability standards
AWEA siting handbook, provided developers with information land based wind projects
To start wind energy projects they must pass the bureau of land management policies
The US forest service allows wind projects on forest service managed lands with special permits
US fish and wildlife services released guidelines for private development
Minerals management services deals with offshore wind projects
Wind power is a renewable energy source that is efficient
AWEA is currently trying to CO2 by 15-20% by 2020 which would be possible if wind power was used more
If the US generated 20% of electricity from wind power that would be the same as removing 140 million vehicles from roadways
Currently wind power is the fastest growing energy source
Its one of the cleanest most sustainable ways to generate electricity
Wind power produces no toxic emissions, doesn't contribute to global warming, and is becoming a very cost competitive energy source
Wind power started in the US from the early 1920's used by farmers and the idea and concept stayed the same through the 1970's with new win turbines and bigger energy output
By the early 1990's with new development and research costs lowered more development began
Wind still hasn't reached its full potential for world development, estimated in 2005 that on land and offshore there is 72TW (equivalent to 54,000 million tons of oil per year)