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What is Wind Power and How Do Wind Turbines Work?

Wind is one of the most abundant renewable resources that create clean energy. It is largely determined by weather patterns, the surface of the Earth, and bodies of water.
Wind turbines are used to convert wind into electrical energy. Whether the turbines are on land or offshore, the process of creating energy is the same. Turbines capture wind with their three blades which turn a generator to create energy.

Wind turbines and their surroundings

Wind turbines are safe, have no impact on livestock and are compatible with farming communities. According to the American Wind Energy Association, in 2016 over $245 million were paid to farming communities for leases tied to wind turbines. This helps in drought-prone farming areas and rural communities. Along with being emission-free, wind turbines do not create additional noise.

close up of a wind turbine

Projects

Wind Farm Over Water

Offshore Wind Power in Virginia

We're committed to ensuring consumers have the energy they need for the future. This commitment led to the development of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind projects: the 12-MW pilot project (the first in U.S. federal waters) and the proposed 2,600 megawatt commercial project (the largest in the U.S.). Construction on the pilot project is nearing completion while survey work is underway for the commercial project.

 

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