Unseen but Powerful

Operating on the same principles as the windmills that powered America's farms for years, today's sophisticated wind turbines generate electricity by harnessing the power of air moving over the Earth's surface. Grouped together in "wind farms," these turbines can produce enough energy to light up a whole city.

 

Wind is a proven clean, renewable energy technology that can now compete with other traditional forms of power generation. In several regions of the country, wind technology has become commercially viable, supplying electricity to the power grid. According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the cost of energy from wind has dropped 85 percent in the last 20 years.

 

The New England Wind Map provides information important to the evaluation of prospective wind energy sites and the estimation of wind turbine performance. This resource was prepared by TrueWind Solutions, LLC and was sponsored by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, Northeast Utilities Systems, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Renewable Energy Trust.

 

 

CCEF Gets behind Wind Power
While there are few sites in Connecticut suitable for large wind installations, the state offers many opportunities for small wind projects. To support these projects, CCEF is creating a small wind rebate program similar to its Solar PV Rebate Program. CCEF is also developing a small wind demonstration program that will showcase at least two sites – near-shore and inland – and at least four turbine types in order to identify the best candidates for its small wind rebate program.