Wind Energy Essentials: Societal, Economic, and Environmental Impacts

Richard P. Walker, Andrew Swift

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    Examines the possible societal impacts of wind energy projects and explains the potential issues faced when siting, constructing, and operating a wind energy project. This book begins with a history of wind power and the social impacts of both electricity and wind power from a historical perspective, a discussion of basic electrical terms, and a primer on the conversion of power in the wind to electricity. Much of the second half of the book is devoted to comparing wind energy to other forms of electric generation, both renewable and non-renewable sources. In order to have a true understanding of the impact of wind energy on society, one also has to have a thorough understanding of the impacts that other sources of electric generation have, such as fossil-fuelled plants or nuclear power plants. The comparison of electric generation sources includes a review of how such sources are typically utilized within the electric system, as well as the economic factors and environmental considerations that affect which resources utilities or operators of electric grids have to take into account. The authors conclude with a discussion of energy policies in the U.S., individual states, and foreign nations, how these policies influence the use of renewable energy, and what our future may hold in terms of energy supply and demand. Some highlights of this book are: Discusses the wind energy impacts on the environment, local economy, electric utilities, individuals and communities. Provides a visual explanation of wind energy principles through tables, graphs, maps, illustrations and photographs. Offers a comprehensive overview of the issues associated with the creation and use of wind energy. Models chapters around an existing university curriculum.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages490
    ISBN (Electronic)9781119040934
    ISBN (Print)9781118877890
    StatePublished - May 1 2015


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