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PHI 346: Environmental Ethics: Wind Power

About Wind Energy

Photo of a large, three-bladed wind turbine.[http://www1.eere.energy.gov/]

GE Wind Energy's 3.6 megawatt wind turbine is one of the largest prototypes ever erected. Larger wind turbines are more efficient and cost effective.

Wind power is one of the fastest-growing sources of energy around the world. It is popular because it is abundant and provides many communities with a clean, local source of electricity, as opposed to imported fossil fuels. In the United States, which passed Germany to become the country producing the most wind power, the Department of Energy has estimated that wind power could account for 20 percent of the nation's electricity supply by 2030. [NY Times, Aug 3, 2011]

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