According to Discovery, in Jan. 2013, the top five countries for wind power were China, the United States, Germany, Spain and India. Italy, France, Canada, Brazil and Denmark rounded out the top 10. Wind power can be found almost anywhere on the globe where sustained winds regularly reach 13 miles per hour or faster.Know More
Certain types of regions are more suited to wind generation than others. Flat, open plains are extremely well-suited to wind power generation because there are no mountains or other natural features to impede the airflow or trigger weather events that could disrupt sustained winds. The shoreline winds created by large bodies of water are also excellent for wind farms. Many countries are investing in offshore wind installations to take advantage of these natural features.
As of June 2014, the largest single wind farm in existence is the Gansu Wind Farm in China, which is capable of producing 5,160 megawatts of electricity. The largest offshore wind array is the London Array, which produces 630 megawatts off the coast of the United Kingdom. The proposed Dogger Bank wind farm, slated for a sand bank in the North Sea, would be the largest wind farm in existence at 9,000 megawatts of capacity.Learn More
Wind energy is mainly used to generate electricity. The main instrument used to capture this energy is the wind turbine, which is comprised of three or four rotating blades connected to a drive shaft. Wind flows over the blades of the wind turbine, causing them to turn. This kinetic energy from turning is converted to electrical energy for transmission to homes and businesses.Full Answer >
Wind power is growing rapidly in popularity and is utilized in many countries all over the world, including the United States, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, India, France, China, Italy and Portugal. Denmark as a whole appears to be the largest consumer of wind energy, relying on the technology to power more than 20 percent of its total electrical supply.Full Answer >
While one of the benefits of oil drilling in Alaska is the reduction in the cost of oil in the United States, a negative is the disruption that could occur to the Alaskan natural environment and ecosystem, according to Resources for the Future.Full Answer >
The Chicago Climate Exchange, or CCX, was the longest-running greenhouse gas emission reduction program in North America, and it was the first cap-and-trade program in the United States. The program ran from October 2003 until February 2012. A winding down of operations was scheduled to occur through August of 2011. A sister operation, the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange, closed all contracts as of February 2012.Full Answer >