Wind energy uses the power of the wind to turn a turbine and generate electricity. Among renewables, wind energy is often the most cost competitive. Wind power is usually separated into two categories: community-scale and utlity-scale. Obviously, it is critical to understand the wind resources available at a given location. We are lucky here in the Shenandoah Valley, as we host the Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative (VWEC), which boasts great expertise on wind-related issues in Virginia. There is also great promise for offshore wind, though obviously not here in the Valley.
Documents & Links
- DOE – 20% Wind Energy by 2030.pdf
- Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative (VWEC)
- American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)