Wind Energy Siting Handbook
TetraTech | 2008 | ISBN 2008020043 | English | 183 pages | PDF | 12.4 MB
Global warming is considered one of the most serious problems facing the global community. Certain gases, such as carbon dioxide, when released in the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels, create a "greenhouse effect." Clean, renewable energy solutions, such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric systems, that do not rely on fossil fuels for energy generation help curb the effects of global warming. Throughout the United States, many local and state governments have set mandates or passed laws to encourage clean energy generation by requiring utilities to produce a portion of electricity from renewable sources. Although wind has been used as an energy source for centuries, only within the last 30 years have advances in technology allowed wind energy to become an increasingly important part of the nation’s energy mix. Since 1974 the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has been committed to encouraging and assisting wind energy development in the United States.