Newly constructed high-tension power lines frame a county road. The power lines deliver wind energy to load centers.
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A row of wind turbines in Harper County, Oklahoma. Depending on the model, each turbine can produce 1.5 to 2.1 megawatts of electricity when spinning at a speed for which the turbine was designed to deliver its maximum power (MW).
A new simulation finds serious and previously unrecognized environmental threats from massive wind farms in the American Great Plains. A recent study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research by scientists from Princeton and Duke Universities indicates massive wind farms would significantly increase local surface drying and soil heating, which in turn would impact agricultural or range use on or near the wind farm. The modeling experiment used current wind turbine and rotor technology to assess local climate impacts from a simulated wind farm with 10,000 turbines, arranged in a simple, square array of 100 by 100 turbines, each spaced one kilometer apart.
An example of the amount of grading done to install turbines in flat country