How does wind energy work?
Wind energy has been used to propel ships across oceans, pump water and power mills for centuries. Today, wind is also used to provide electricity to homes and businesses. In fact, wind is the fastest growing form of electricity used throughout the world.
Despite the hundreds of years humans have harvested the wind's power, the technology used to turn wind into a renewable energy source is still relatively new. Have you ever wondered how wind is captured to become electricity or how it benefits you?
How is wind energy made?
Simply put, wind energy is generated by turbines that help to convert the wind's kinetic energy into electricity. As the wind spins the turbines' blades, the blades in turn spin a shaft. The shaft is connected to a generator that takes that kinetic energy and produces electricity. This power can then be sent to the electrical grid and used in residential and commercial buildings.
The stronger the wind, the more electricity is created. As wind flow patterns and speeds vary throughout the U.S., wind farms are placed strategically throughout the country in areas where wind is the strongest.
On a wind farm, several large turbines will be placed closely together to take advantage of consistently strong winds. Some wind farms may have hundreds of turbines which are often 100 feet tall, though many are sometimes taller. Wind farms are used to provide bulk power to the electrical grid.
What are the benefits of wind energy?
Wind is a clean source of energy, meaning it doesn't produce atmospheric emissions that cause acid rain or greenhouse gases. Wind is also fully sustainable, since as long as wind continues to blow across the surface, its energy can be captured and added to the electrical grid.
Wind energy also has economic value for the U.S. As a domestic source of energy, wind reduces U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Wind farms can also be added to farmland without interrupting current production. This provides revenue and additional jobs for rural areas.
How to support wind energy with your Gexa Energy plan
As a member of the NextEra Energy Resources family of companies, Gexa Energy supports the development of wind farms as a renewable, clean energy source. NextEra is one of the world's largest generators of wind power, with approximately 110 wind farms in 19 states and Canada. These wind farms create more than 12,400 net megawatts of clean energy annually, or approximately 59 percent of NextEra Energy Resources total generation.
Gexa Energy also offers its customers a unique way to support the development of more wind farms. When you enroll in the Gexa 100% Wind Plan, Gexa Energy will buy renewable energy credits for each kilowatt hour you use. Through this plan, you'll help encourage more utility companies to generate their power by using wind.
As an energy provider focused on sustainability, Gexa Energy stands apart from other cheap light companies. Visit Gexa Energy's website to compare electricity plans or select a plan that shows your support for clean, renewable energy.