Wind energy

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Wind energy is a renewable energy resource that is collected from the kinetic energy of wind and can be converted into mechanical and electric energy.[1] In 2012, the United States was one of the world's fasted growing and largest wind energy markets.[2]

Types of wind power

The amount of electricity generated by wind power in the states (2013). Data is collected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The major types of wind power include:[3]

  • Utility-scale wind, which are wind turbines larger than 100 kilowatts and distribute generated electricity to a power grid. This power grid distributes the electricity to users and consumers.
  • Distributed wind, which includes turbines that deliver electricity to a home, farm or business.
  • Offshore wind, which includes wind turbines near bodies of water around the world. These turbines were not found in the United States as of November 2014.


According to the U.S. Department of Energy, in 2012, wind power was first in new electricity generation and represented 43 percent of new electricity-generating technology.[2]

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