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Wind resources vary widely throughout the world.  Often, a prime electricity generating area will be far from the area that could use its electricity the most.  Technologies, such as the Smart Grid, will reduce distribution losses.

Different forms of harnessing useful energy exist, depending on the local environmental requirements, as well as economic and maintenance considerations.  Increasing attention has been given to minimizing the impact to bird life, as often the migratory paths are also the prime areas for harnessing power from the wind.

Journals which focus on Wind Energy

Research Institutions

Photo credit: NREL National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) (








Below are a few web resources which provide an overview of wind technology.


California Energy Commission (

American Wind Energy Association (

California Wind Energy Association (

California Wind Energy Collaborative (

National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (

Sandia National Laboratories, Wind Power Technologies (

NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) (

International Energy Agency (IEA) Implementing Agreement for Co-operation in the Research, Development, and Deployment of Wind Energy Systems - IEA Wind (

European Wind Energy Association - EWEA (

Danish Wind Industry Association (

New Books Focusing on Wind Energy

Harvest the wind : America's journey to jobs, energy independence, and climate stability 4 NORTH TK 1541 .W36 2012

Electricity generation using wind power 4 NORTH TJ 828 .S548 2011

Introduction to wind energy systems : basics, technology and operation 4 NORTH  TK 1541 .W34 2009

Stability augmentation of a grid-connected wind farm 4 NORTH  TK 1541 .M89 2009

Urban wind energy 4 NORTH  TJ 820 .S83 2009

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