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Basics & Theory

AWEA: Wind Energy Basics
American Wind Energy Association provides an overview of wind energy, how it works, components, power capacity, and more.

Save On Energy: How Wind Turbines Work
Save On Energy online guide describes how wind turbines work.

US DOE: GoPro Tour of A Wind Turbine
US Department of Energy online video gives an entertaining look inside a wind turbine. Simon and Andy strap GoPro's to their heads and guide you as they travel 270 feet up to the top of a turbine at the National Wind Technology Center in Golden, CO.

US DOE: Overview Of How Wind Turbines Work
US Department Of Energy provides an overview, with diagrams, of how wind turbines work.

Wind Energy Foundation: Glossary Of Terms Of Wind Industry
Wind Energy Foundation provides an alphabetical glossary of definitions of terminology used in the wind industry.

Windpower: Glossary Of Wind Energy Terms
Danish Windpower Association provides a glossary, with diagrams, describing wind energy specialist terms.

Windpower: Guided Tour Of Wind Energy
Danish Wind Industry Association, Windpower site provides an overview of Windpower including wind, turbine siting, energy output, how it works, generators, turbine design, manufacturing, research and development, electrical grid, environment, economics, history, glossary, and a wind energy manual.
Education & Training

CanWEA: List Of Canadian Wind Energy Education & Training
Canadian Wind Energy Association provides listing of educational institutes and courses on wind energy. (PDF)
Industry Information

CanWEA: Annual Canadian Wind Energy Association Conference
CanWEA's annual Conference and Exhibition brings together over 1,500 delegates and 200 exhibiting companies from around the globe to discuss opportunities and latest developments in Canada's emerging wind energy industry. The exhibition will provide an exclusive opportunity to network with leading industry decision makers and generate numerous high quality business leads.

CanWEA: Canadian Wind Strategic Vision 2025
Canadian Wind Energy Association strategic vision Wind Vision 2025 - Powering Canada's Future, cites rapidly rising energy costs, reducing environmental impacts caused by current electricity generation, need to quickly build more electricity generation to keep up with rising demand, and need to build a more robust transmission system, as key drivers for adoption of wind technology. (PDF)

EIA: How Much Of World's Electricity Supply Is Generated From Wind
US Energy Information Administration says worldwide wind power generation exceeded 250 billion kilowatthours in 2009, which is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of over 22 million average households in the United States. Wind generation increased by about 20% from 2008 to 2009, and has more than tripled since 2004. This growth is mostly due to capacity increases in the United States, China, India, and Western Europe. Despite this growth, the world still generated only 1% of its total electricity from wind power in 2009.

Green Energy Futures: Big Wind In British Columbia
Green Energy Futures describes how BC got its first three wind farms in the last few years.

REW: Market Update On Small Wind
Renewable Energy World magazine market update on small wind says big prospects are opening up for small-scale turbines.

US Gov: Careers In Wind Energy
US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information and resources on careers in the wind energy industry.

USGS: Find US Wind Farms In Interactive Map
US Geological Survey uses high-resolution aerial imagery and data from the Federal Aviation Administration to create this very cool interactive map that shows around 47,000 ground-based wind turbines.
Industry Sectors

AWEA: American Wind Energy Association
American Wind Energy Association, the US trade association for the wind industry, offers industry news, event listings, legislative & policy, publications, resource library, and more.

CanWEA: Canadian Wind Energy Association
Canadian Wind Energy Association represents the wind energy community including organizations and individuals directly involved in development and application of wind energy technology, products and services.

IWEA: International Wind Energy Academy
International Wind Energy Academy, in Lethbridge Alberta, helps individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions to take advantage of the emerging opportunites associated with the development and operation of large and small wind and solar energy projects.
Information Sources

AWEA: Resources & Information On Wind Energy
American Wind Energy Association provides information on wind energy, careers, FAQ, tutorials, financing, projects, industry standards, and links to more information.

CanWEA: Links & Resources On Wind Energy
Canadian Wind Energy Association offers CanWEA publications and other wind energy links, including wind energy associations, organizations, wind energy publications/media, and government.

CanWEA: Resource Site On Canadian Wind Energy
Canadian Wind Energy Association site provides information on wind energy basics, case studies, wind farms, building, policy, resource library, education & training, FAQ, and links to more resources.

Dig The Heat: Canadian Resource Site On Geothermal & Renewable Energy
Dig The Heat is a Canadian online guide to renewable energy including geothermal heating and cooling systems, solar power, wind energy, biofuels, green investment and government incentives.

Engineering360: Information Resources & Suppliers Of Wind Turbines
Engineering360 resource site offers information on, and suppliers of, wind turbines that convert the kinetic energy from wind into mechanical energy.

NRCAN: Resource Site On Wind Energy
Natural Resources Canada provides information and resources on wind energy for communities, homes, and farms, and describes electricity from turbines, electricity in industry, energy to drive pumps, and more.

REW: Resource Site On Wind Power
Renewable Energy World's Wind Power site provides resources on wind power, including news and information, resources, products, reports, and webcasts.

Small Wind Energy: Resource Site On Small Wind Systems
Canadian Wind Energy Association site provides information and resources on small wind energy systems including how they work, benefits & issues, history, turbines & applications, costs, case studies, small wind in Canada, and more.

SmartBrief: Wind Industry News
SmartBrief, a news aggregator, provides links to wind industry news and information.

US DOE: Resource Site On Wind Energy
US Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office invests in energy science research and development activities that enable the innovations needed to advance U.S. wind systems, reduce the cost of electricity, and accelerate the deployment of wind power. The site provides resources on wind energy including sections on offshore wind research & development, WINDExchange, wind technology resource center, information resources, news and events.

US DOE: Wind for Homeowners, Farmers, Businesses
US Department of Energy provides information and resources on wind power for homeowners, farmers, and businesses.

Wind Energy Blog: Blog Devoted To Wind Energy & Wind Turbines
Wind Energy Blog is devoted to the promotion of all key literature relating to wind energy and wind turbines and related technologies.

Wind Energy Update: Resource Site On Wind Energy Industry
Wind Energy Update provides information and resources on the wind energy industry.

Wind Works: Links To Information & Resources On Wind Energy
Wind Works is an online archive of articles and commentary on wind and solar energy, community power, feed-in tariffs, and Advanced Renewable Tariffs.

Windmill World: Global Resource Site On Windmills
Windmill World offers information & resources on windmills, including mills for grinding, pumping, and electricity generation.

WindSight: CanWEA Magazine On Canadian Wind Industry
WindSight magazine is the official quarterly publication of the Canadian Wind Energy Association. WindSight is distributed to 3,000 industry leaders and decision makers providing in-depth coverage of new communication initiatives, key policy issues, member profiles, updates on events and latest developments in the wind energy industry.
Issues & Performance

ANSI: Standards For Wind Turbines & Wind Energy
American National Standards Institute allow you to search by document number or keyword to find the latest wind turbine and wind energy standards from IEC, ISO, IEEE, and more.

CWEA: Wind Turbine Sounds Not Harmful To Human Health
Canadian Wind Energy Association summarizes a report by a multidisciplinary panel that concluded sounds generated by wind turbines are not harmful to human health. (PDF)

ENN: Only 10% Of Wind Farm Fires Reported
Environmental News Network says a global assessment of the world's wind farms, which in total contain an estimated 200,000 turbines, showed that ten times more fires are happening than are being reported.

GBA: To Improve Wind & Solar Power, Bring Them Together
Green Building Advisor says by combining intermittent renewable energy sources through hybrid projects, developers are taking advantage of the strengths of each.

Green Energy Futures: Wind Energy Myths
Green Energy Futures explores some of the most common myths surrounding wind energy.

LBNL: No Evidence Of Residential Property Impacts Near Wind Turbines
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory analyzed more than 122,000 home sales near 26 wind facilities (with over 1,500 within a mile of operating turbines) in densely populated Massachusetts, yet was unable to uncover any impacts to nearby home property values.

National Wind Watch: US Watchdog On Impacts Of Industrial Wind Power
US National Wind Watch is a nonprofit organization that promotes awareness of the negative impacts of industrial wind energy development on our environment, economy, and quality of life.

REW: Listening To Wind Farm Noise Concerns
Renewable Energy World article discusses what can and should be the response to those who are reporting sleep disruption, noise that interferes with their enjoyment of the outdoors, or health impacts from wind turbines.

SEPA: Noise Annoyance From Wind Turbines
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency report Noise annoyance from wind turbines reviews the present knowledge on perception and annoyance of noise from wind turbines in residential areas as well as in recreational areas. (PDF)

Wind Energy Update: Wind Power O & M In Canada
Wind Energy Update report Wind Power O & M In Canada whitepaper provides insight into the blades, gearboxes and generators that are most capital-intensive components of a wind turbine. It discusses the causes for their failure, their reliability and their failure rates. Free registration required.

Wyoming: Power Storage Reservoirs To Address Wind Power Irregularity
To address wind power irregularity, a wind power system in Wyoming is using pumped storage where excess power is used to move water uphill, from a lower reservoir to a higher one. At times of insufficient wind, water from the upper reservoir is released through turbines to generate power.
Procedures

Canadian Wind Energy Atlas: Data On Canadian Wind Velocity
Environment Canada Wind Energy Atlas site offers results of numerical simulations that were run on all of Canada in order to determine its wind energy potential, and colour maps representing the average wind velocity and power on the whole country, as well as corresponding geophysical characteristics.

Chispito: How-To Build My Own Wind Generator
Chispito Wind Generator was designed to be simple and efficient with fast and easy construction from scrap materials.

GBA: Wind Power Doesn't Make Sense Everywhere
Green Building Advisor describes some applications of wind power that don't make sense.

US DOE: 5 Steps Before You Invest In New Wind Energy System
US Department of Energy says before you make an initial investment in a wind energy system for your home, there are several important steps to determining if wind energy makes sense for you and your home.

US DOE: Installing & Maintaining Small Wind Electric System
US Department of Energy describes issues associated with installing a small wind electric system, siting, estimating annual energy output, choosing correct size turbine and tower, and deciding whether to connect the system to the electric grid or not.

US DOE: Planning Small Wind Electric System
US Department of Energy says small wind electric systems require planning to determine if there is enough wind in your area on a consistent basis, if the location for the system is appropriate for the needs of the system, if zoning codes or covenants allow wind systems in your area, and if the system will be economical with all of these elements taken into consideration.

UVIG: US Utility Wind Integration Group
Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group, previously known as the Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG), provides a forum for analysis of wind technology for utility applications and to serve as a source of credible information on the status of wind technology and deployment.

Wind Power: Reference Manual On Wind Energy
Danish Windpower Industry Association, Wind Power site provides an online reference manual covering basic concepts and units used by the wind industry.
Product Supply

BC Gov: New Participation Rent Policy For Wind Power
BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources new participation rent policy for wind energy projects offers flexibility and incentives for wind power producers to proceed with capital investment. (PDF)

Eco Business: Links To Windmill Manufacturers & Suppliers
Eco Business environmental directory provides links to international manufacturers and suppliers of windmills.

Green Energy Futures: Financing Critical For Renewable Energy Projects
Green Energy Futures says the challenge for renewable energy projects is not securing the fuel, the sun and wind are free. Rather the challenge is securing financing for projects that have high, upfront capital costs.

Windshare: Ontario Community Ownership Of Wind Power
WindShare, a Canadian, for-profit wind power co-operative, develops locally owned wind power projects that are scaled to the size and characteristics of the host community.
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