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)