Once called windmills, the technology used to harness the power of wind has advanced dramatically over the previous ten years, with the United States raising its wind power capacity 30% year over year. Wind turbines, as they are now called, accumulate and convert the kinetic energy that wind creates into electrical energy to assist power the grid. Wind energy is in fact a by-product of the sun. Currently, there are utility-scale wind plants in 41 states that have developed greater than 100,000 jobs for Americans. This aerial view of a wind turbine plant demonstrates how a group of wind generators can make power for the energy grid. Sight the wind turbine computer animation to see just how a wind generator works.
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