Wind power keeps energy prices in check during recent cold snap
Electricity and natural gas prices skyrocketed to 10-50 times normal across parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes states as extreme cold drove demand for electric and gas heating to near-record levels late last week.
Fortunately, regional wind energy output was strong throughout these periods of peak demand, producing around 3,000 MW on the evening of January 22 when supply was particularly tight, and roughly 3,000-4,000 MW for nearly all of January 23 as electricity prices remained very high.
Read more at the Into the Wind blog.
Wind and wildlife basic facts
Wind energy has the lowest environmental impacts of any source of electricity generation, with modern wind power plants collectively being far less harmful to birds than radio towers, tall buildings, and numerous other human-made objects.
Read more from AWEA's siting expert about the reality of wind energy's impact on wildlife and what the industry is doing to help mitigate climate change.
Are you hearing misinformation about wind and wildlife?
Check out the facts at Truth about Wind Power to learn more about the reality behind wind energy's biggest myths.
First Edition AWEA Operations and Maintenance Recommended Practices
AWEA is proud to release the First Edition AWEA Operations and Maintenance Recommended Practices.
These recommended practices are the creation of dozens of expert wind project operators, engineers, technicians and designers who have teamed up to provide state-of-the-art guidance on the operation and maintenance of modern wind turbines and projects. Want to learn how to maintain gearboxes for maximum performance? Inspect and keep blades in top operating condition? Track component performance to ensure proactive maintenance? Plan for the transition of operations at the end of the warranty period? This information is all included in the AWEA Operations and Maintenance Recommended Practices. Read More...