An Invisible, But Powerful, Energy Source

Operating on the same principles as the old-fashioned 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 Massachusettes Technology Collaborative Renewable Energy Trust.

Although there are only several locations in the hills of Connecticut suitable for megawatt sized wind installations, small wind opportunities exist throughout the state. The CCEF is working on developing a small wind development program similar to its residential and commercial solar rebate programs. Stay tuned for further developments or contact us for more information.

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