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Wind energy is a clean, renewable energy source that you can use to generate electricity.
Wind turbines are devices that convert wind kinetic energy into electrical energy.
They are usually composed of three blades that rotate around a central shaft.
The blades are connected to a generator that produces electricity.
Wind turbines can generate electricity for a single home or building, or they can be connected to the electrical grid to generate electricity for an entire community.
In addition, wind energy is a clean, renewable source of energy that can help to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and other polluting sources of energy.
There are many advantages to wind energy. First, wind turbines do not produce emissions, so they are an excellent energy source.
Wind energy is also a renewable resource, so you can use it repeatedly without running out.
In addition, you can build wind turbines on land that is not being used for other purposes, such as farming or ranching.
There are some disadvantages to wind energy as well.
One of the biggest challenges with wind energy is that it is a very intermittent resource, meaning that the wind does not blow all the time.
This means that wind turbines need to be combined with other sources of energy, such as solar or hydropower, to provide a consistent source of electricity.
In addition, wind turbines can be noisy and kill birds and bats that fly into them.
Despite these challenges, wind energy is a growing industry.
In 2015, wind energy provided about 4.7% of the electricity generated in the United States.
This is enough electricity to power more than 18 million homes!
And this number is only expected to grow as more and more people learn about the benefits of wind energy.
If you’re interested in learning more about wind energy, there are a few good resources.
First, the Department of Energy has a website full of information about wind energy.
The American Wind Energy Association also has a website with lots of information about wind turbines and the wind energy industry.
Finally, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has a website with lots of information about renewable energy, including wind energy.
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