Wind Energy Essentials

Wind Energy Essentials

Societal, Economic, and Environmental Impacts

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Examines the possible societal impacts of wind energy projects and explains the potential issues faced when siting, constructing, and operating a wind energy project.

This book begins with a history of wind power and the social impacts of both electricity and wind power from a historical perspective, a discussion of basic electrical terms, and a primer on the conversion of power in the wind to electricity. Much of the second half of the book is devoted to comparing wind energy to other forms of electric generation, both renewable and non-renewable sources. In order to have a true understanding of the impact of wind energy on society, one also has to have a thorough understanding of the impacts that other sources of electric generation have, such as fossil-fuelled plants or nuclear power plants. The comparison of electric generation sources includes a review of how such sources are typically utilized within the electric system, as well as the economic factors and environmental considerations that affect which resources utilities or operators of electric grids have to take into account. The authors conclude with a discussion of energy policies in the U.S., individual states, and foreign nations, how these policies influence the use of renewable energy, and what our future may hold in terms of energy supply and demand. Some highlights of this book are:

  • Discusses the wind energy impacts on the environment, local economy, electric utilities, individuals and communities
  • Provides a visual explanation of wind energy principles through tables, graphs, maps, illustrations and photographs
  • Offers a comprehensive overview of the issues associated with the creation and use of wind energy
  • Models chapters around an existing university curriculum
Spanning the broad range of environmental, financial, policy and other topics that define and determine the relationships between wind energy technology and our energy-dependent society, Wind Energy Essentials is a resource for students, universities, and the entire wind energy industry.

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At a time when the demand for energy is increasing along with demands from consumers for greener, more sustainable energy sources, solar power has captured more of the public’s attention than wind energy. But adoption of wind power is growing quickly, too, in the U.S. and globally. Authors Walker and Swift provide a comprehensive overview of wind power, including its environmental, economic, and societal impacts, detailed background on how wind energy works, and issues related to building and using it. The authors also address policy as it relates to wind energy. Chapters in the book are formatted in such a way that they could be used in existing university programs. In addition to students and educators, the book also will interest wind energy industry professionals and those involved with its adoption. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Hoboken, New Jersey :, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781118877890
Characteristics: xiii, 490 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Swift, A. H. P. (Andrew H. P.)


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