Uses Of Wind Energy Today

Mary asks…

What industries use wind power?

What sort of applications are there for windpower, like what type of industries use wind energy to work?

Windmill Farms answers:

Today, any industry which can use electricity. Many agricultural crops depend on wind for pollination. In a few remote locations, wind is still used directly to pump water for irrigation or watering herds.

Steven asks…

What type of energy source is used the most today?

Electrical, chemical, or nuclear?

Windmill Farms answers:

Most energy used directly by humans comes from coal, oil and natural gas.  Since these are all chemical sources of energy, the answer is obviously “chemical”.

Electricity is always made from something else, so it’s not correct to call it a source.  Sources of energy used to make electricity in the USA include coal, gas, nuclear, oil, falling water, wind and solar.

Joseph asks…

two renewable energy resources used today?

what are two renewable energy resources used today and how are they used?

after Granite, sandstone, and slate is processed what are their new rock types called?

Windmill Farms answers:

Hydroelectric and geothermal are the two biggest. Also worthy of note are wind, tide, and solar power.

Mandy asks…

What forms of energy are these?

by forms i mean kinetic, potential etc

natural gas

Windmill Farms answers:

Wind and hydro electric is a kinetic energy
the solar energy is by means of today usage and wave-particle dualism kinetic as well – it’s the energy of the photons coming to us. In future, however, it could be possible to use the sun potential energy as well, the sun being a large fusion reactor
in coal, oil and gas there is a potential energy, waiting to be extracted by burning
nuclear energy is potential as well, extracted by splitting the nuclei
tidal energy…hm it’s potential energy of the higher water surface being used

however, these two types of energies often merge and transform one to each other and thus it’s sometimes impossible to say which is it

Thomas asks…

can u give me some future scope for the use of wind energy?

Windmill Farms answers:

I would say expect more wind farms in the future. The generators used in wind applications are becoming lighter, cheaper and more efficient. Check out other alternative energy concepts in the Popular Science article linked below; they are all viable options with today’s tech and pretty darn cool.

Also, alternative energy is becoming a popular topic in the minds of people worldwide, so I expect the demand for alternative energy to increase. Heck, just look at the many questions on Yahoo Answers asking about home-built alternative energy sources such as windmills, solar panels, etc. I’m excited as well about the fundamental shift in energy production that is likely going to occur in the near future.

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Is Wind Power Actually Green

Mandy asks…

Where is my “green” electricity sourced? (Chicago)?

I recently signed up for a 100% wind energy plan through Viridian (delivered via ComEd). I understand that the electricity grid doesn’t differentiate the source of the power going directly to my home, but does Viridian actually introduce wind energy into my local grid or am I essentially paying for some sort of green energy certificate?

Windmill Farms answers:

It is very hard to trace energy since all of the grids are tied together. But generation in Illinois that goes into the grid (which would primarily serve chicago land) is 48%nuclear 48% coal 4% natural gas and less than 1% other. Sorry. Not much renewables in illinois. The hundred or so wind turbines in southern illinois each supply an average of 250 homes. That amount of energy wouldn’t even be sufficient to supply Springfield and the surrounding county. But it puts a big dent in it.

Viridian likely builds wind energy plants where they are most effective (likely in the dakota’s and west texas) and puts the energy into the grid. The energy you are getting comes from the sources above, but the extra you pay pays for wind projects to be sourced elsewhere and put into the grid.

Lets face it, all renewables rely on some natural energy source, tides, wind, sun, or rivers to produce power. There isn’t really enough of any of those in illinois to make renewable energy cost effective, or certainly not as effective as it would be in other states with better resources. ComEDs renewable energy portfolio is mostly buying partial ownership in other renewable projects elsewhere where the natural resources abound.

Linda asks…

When will the High paying Green Jobs start showing up?

Windmill Farms answers:

Highly unlikely. The bills involved do not actually create any new jobs. BO is hoping that with the money, the companies will be able to afford to hire new people. So if you are qualified in solar panel installation, solar panel design, wind power engineering, etc, start sending resumes, cross your fingers, and pray.

Michael asks…

what if we could put a wind turbine engine in a car ?

i ‘m 15 and i just got a good idea that many have probable come upon but could not come up with the right ideas . We could put a wind turbine in a car engine but it would be small and first you still use gas for only a bit then flip a switch then bang you got wind power ,powering your car now you can also store the power in a generator also but it would be small and the turbine would be in the front may behinded the cars grill , now the question is is that possible or is it just aanother dumb idea that just gets trashed now you can anwser that .

Windmill Farms answers:

Do you know what a wind turbine is?
It makes electric energy when wind spins its propellers, or vanes, whatever you call them.Yes it can store the energy, if you have batteries to charge.
As another answer said, the best way , is to have the wind turbine at your house, collecting energy that can charge the batterry of your electric or hybrid vehicle.
The BEST way to greener vehicles is to have self-sustained charging stations. In other words, your own solar panels or wind turbines to charge your vehicle. If you charge your vehicle by “plugging it in” to a wall outlet, you are actually wasting more energy than if you drove a gasoline-powered vehicle.
Why? Cuz the electricity has to be made at a powerplant, usually run on coal, which produces way more pollutants than gasoline.
A wind turbine mounted to your car can work as a regenerative braking device. In other words, the turbine itself would cause too much restriction to really allow any kind of noticable improvement in energy collection, compared to how much more energy is needed to push the car (now that it has a turbine on it). But, as with other power-generating ideas, the wind turbine can be engaged to help slow the vehicle. This is called regenerative braking. It has been tried with electric, mechanical, and pnuematic methods. In all 3 scenarios, the system is engaged during braking. The restriction caused by engaging the system actually helps slow the vehicle down. The energy that has been created during the braking process (by the generator, flywheel,compressor, or wind turbine suddenly being engaged), is stored , to be used for a time when the vehicle needs it most.

Joseph asks…

Is anybody buying ‘green energy’ from their power company?

I have the option of buying green energy from my power company, Puget Sound Energy, but in light of the recent scandals in energy trading, is anyone else a bit sceptical that your money will actually go toward the purchase of so called green energy? If anyone is an expert or has some knowledge, or can offer reassurance, I’d be grateful.

Windmill Farms answers:

The concept of buying Green Energy is a little murky. Most energy companies that offer this option are really giving you the opportunity to pay more money for the same energy you would normally get, but the extra is supposedly diverted to the research, development, and production of Green Energy. So, you’re not really getting the energy from the green sources, just supporting it and by doing so, you raise the demand for Green Energy while lowering the demand for non-renewable energy.

To actually gaurantee that customers receive only Green Energy, an entire new grid system would need to be developed and built. This would allow only Green Energy to be routed to the system. Thinking of the logistics of this necessary infrastructure, it’s never going to happen. Just imagine having to have power lines for Green Energy and power lines for other energy. Then, route a line from the Green Energy lines just to those house willing to pay the extra for it. I have a feeling those few cents extra you pay now per kilowatt hour would horrendously multiply into many extra dollars instead.

So, in a long winded way, if you want to support the research, development, and production of Green Energy from your energy company, chances are, your extra money will go towards that. What will come of it, who knows. If you want to pay specifically for Green Energy, prepare to put up your own windmill or solar panels. It’s the only way to gaurantee you’re Green.

William asks…

Wind Turbine – should there be an independent review ?

It is widely claimed, with some real substance, that Wind turbine eco friendly energy is a scam and produces energy of little significance. Yet many people, especially politicians, have invested and are raking in millions of pounds. Do you thinks this is the case ? Do you believe such means of producing electricity really benefits society ?
Do you think there should be an Independent body to thoroughly scrutinise what is really going on?
@@ Thanks for answering, however – evidence does not support your claims.
OG – Hoarsman – kit Fang The evidence supports your comments. Also I believe when a farmer allows one in his field he gets several thousands of pounds every year for the privilege. I just have this sneaky feeling – me being a super cynic – that MPs have their fingers in the pie. Probably non executive members of the companies producing the Turbines. I know I always seem anti MP, I am not, but I believe in challenging them because I do not trust them as far as I can throw them.

Windmill Farms answers:

I know a number of people who work in the energy industry, and they all say that if it wasn’t such a tragic waste of money, the government’s reliance on wind power would be hilarious. Wind turbines have to be turned off in high winds, actually use energy when they are not turning, and as someone who had a summer’s holiday ruined by them, are awfully noisy! On top of which, to create all the energy we needed, the entire country would have to be covered in turbines.

I understand that governments want to be seen to be ‘green’, and this is a very visual way of showing that. But ultimately, from what I understand from those I know in this industry, the lack of investment in hydrogen power is odd. This is something that has been shown as possible on a small scale in countries like the USA, the only by-product is water, and takes up no more space than current power stations.

An independent review would cost lots of money and probably come to the same conclusion as ordinary people and a bit of common sense.

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Advantages Of Wind Power Over Fossil Fuels

Helen asks…

what are the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels, natural gas, nuclear power, and solar & wind energy

Windmill Farms answers:


Lisa asks…

Why are fossil fuels important?

I have been asked to write an essay on why fossil fuels are important. In this essay I have to write what they are (which I have done) What they are used for and obviously why they are important. Some advantages and disadvantages would be helpful too
please help :) x

Windmill Farms answers:

They were important for the right reasons perhaps 100 years ago when man didn’t have alternative energy. Now man has solar,wind and even nuclear power so the real reason that fossil fuels are so important is MONEY!

Lizzie asks…

advantages and disadantages of hydro electric power station?

importance of hydro electric power station

Windmill Farms answers:


The major advantage of hydroelectricity is elimination of the cost of fuel. The cost of operating a hydroelectric plant is nearly immune to increases in the cost of fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas or coal, and no imports are needed.

Hydroelectric plants also tend to have longer economic lives than fuel-fired generation, with some plants now in service which were built 50 to 100 years ago.[13] Operating labor cost is also usually low, as plants are automated and have few personnel on site during normal operation.

Where a dam serves multiple purposes, a hydroelectric plant may be added with relatively low construction cost, providing a useful revenue stream to offset the costs of dam operation. It has been calculated that the sale of electricity from the Three Gorges Dam will cover the construction costs after 5 to 8 years of full generation.[14]
CO2 emissions

Since hydroelectric dams do not burn fossil fuels, they do not directly produce carbon dioxide. While some carbon dioxide is produced during manufacture and construction of the project, this is a tiny fraction of the operating emissions of equivalent fossil-fuel electricity generation. One measurement of greenhouse gas related and other externality comparison between energy sources can be found in the ExternE project by the Paul Scherrer Institut and the University of Stuttgart which was funded by the European Commission.[15] According to this project, hydroelectricity produces the least amount of greenhouse gases and externality of any energy source.[16] Coming in second place was wind, third was nuclear energy, and fourth was solar photovoltaic.[16] The extremely positive greenhouse gas impact of hydroelectricity is found especially in temperate climates. The above study was for local energy in Europe; presumably similar conditions prevail in North America and Northern Asia, which all see a regular, natural freeze/thaw cycle (with associated seasonal plant decay and regrowth).
Other uses of the reservoir

Reservoirs created by hydroelectric schemes often provide facilities for water sports, and become tourist attractions themselves. In some countries, aquaculture in reservoirs is common. Multi-use dams installed for irrigation support agriculture with a relatively constant water supply. Large hydro dams can control floods, which would otherwise affect people living downstream of the project.
Ecosystem damage and loss of land
Hydroelectric power stations that uses dams would submerge large areas of land due to the requirement of a reservoir.

Large reservoirs required for the operation of hydroelectric power stations result in submersion of extensive areas upstream of the dams, destroying biologically rich and productive lowland and riverine valley forests, marshland and grasslands. The loss of land is often exacerbated by the fact that reservoirs cause habitat fragmentation of surrounding areas.

Hydroelectric projects can be disruptive to surrounding aquatic ecosystems both upstream and downstream of the plant site. For instance, studies have shown that dams along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America have reduced salmon populations by preventing access to spawning grounds upstream, even though most dams in salmon habitat have fish ladders installed. Salmon spawn are also harmed on their migration to sea when they must pass through turbines. This has led to some areas transporting smolt downstream by barge during parts of the year. In some cases dams, such as the Marmot Dam, have been demolished due to the high impact on fish.[17] Turbine and power-plant designs that are easier on aquatic life are an active area of research. Mitigation measures such as fish ladders may be required at new projects or as a condition of re-licensing of existing projects.

Sharon asks…

what are the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy?

Pleas help i need this by tomorow. the question is… what are the advantages and disadvantages of your chosen technology (which is solar energy) in comparison to conventional fossil fuel technologies?

Windmill Farms answers:

Advantages of Solar Power

Sun is a renewable resource which means it will never deplete itself and is self-replenishing
Solar cells make no noise at all, compared to other machines, e.g. Wind turbines
Solar energy collection creates no pollution at all unlike other apparent green energy such as hydrogen cars
The maintenance of solar panels is almost non-existent as there are no moving parts
Solar panels can actually make the purchaser money by allowing you to feed surplus energy back in to the system
Solar panels and products alike are very easy to self-install or can be done by a wide range of electricians

Disadvantages of Solar Power

Solar panels and cells will be very expensive when the client purchases them
Solar power cannot be gathered during storms, night time or overcast days
Solar panels in some peoples opinion detract from the aesthetic image of a house
Solar panels comparative to wind turbines, or hydroelectric power gather relatively small amounts of power

Maria asks…

8. List the advantages and disadvantages of using wind to produce electricity?

please help me =)

Windmill Farms answers:

Here are a few of each, I believe wind is a good supplemental power source, not so good for base load.
Advantage: Even though you use the wind to produce electricity, it doesn’t ever run out, it is continuously renewed by the sun. No fossil fuel is used in the actual production of the electricity.
Disadvantage: Construction takes energy and materials.
Eventually the windmill becomes waste material.
Windmills tend to kill migrating birds.
Windmills have a huge “footprint” for the power they produce.
Wind is unreliable, relatively low % availability, so back-up baseload power is required,.electricity is difficult to store.

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Uses Of Wind Energy Wikipedia

Richard asks…

wind energy?? helpp? ?

where can i find the info to answer these questions? :

thoroughly describe all the ways wind energy is used today. who uses it the most (what country or people)?

What percentage of total US. energy comes from this source?

i need the site.

thank youu


Windmill Farms answers:

This is the best i can do

Sandy asks…

topic help–producing energy-alternate sources-wind,water,efficiency of solar use(science)?

we have been given the above topic…i have to make to 2 posters regarding this topic….

1.)on observations and hypothesis



so,what can be the observations,conclusion and hypothesis regarding this and how can i present this thing on a chart paper as chart/poster……..

pls help!!!any help is appreciated…

thank u very much ^_^

Windmill Farms answers:

Hypothesis: All forms of alternate energy are better for the environment.

Wind farms


Solar energy

Lizzie asks…

Who uses wind energy the most?


Windmill Farms answers:

Total installed wind power: US, China, Germany.

Highest proportion of electricity from wind: Denmark, Spain, Portugal.


Helen asks…

Scientific Concepts of Wind power?

The scientific process of when wind turbines generate electricity. Please refer to energy (kinetic, potential or whatever). Please answer ASAP it will be a great help!

Windmill Farms answers:

In a nut shell this is what happens:

i) Wind constitutes a mass of moving air. The particles of air have got their Kinetic energy (KE = 1/2 mv^2).

Ii) As the air rushes past the blades of the wind turbine, some of the energy is imparted to the helical screws or vanes. Here, K.E. Of the moving air is transferred to rotational energy, giving torque to the wind-turbine shaft.

Iii) This torque is coupled to a D.C. Generator, where the rotational energy is transferred to electrical energy.

In the process, some energy is developed as thermal energy (heat) due to (a) friction in the bearings and (b) electrical resistance of the generator coils.

Electronic circuitry is then used to control the electrical output in terms of current and voltage (usually A.C.)

If you want more detailed information, I suggest visiting WIKIPEDIA

Laura asks…

what can you Use for remewable energy?

Windmill Farms answers:

Solar is inefficient. So is wind. Google the name NIKOLA TESLA. He invented technology 100 years ago that wouldv enabled the world to have FREE ENERGY. This is no joke, its on wikipedia. Look up the Wardenclyffe Tower. The bastard private banker, JP Morgan found out it was going to provide free energy and he cancelled funding.

A man named Stanley Meyers also invented a water powered car back in the 80′s. He was poisoned by oil industrialists.
Henry Ford’s Model T ran on a ethanol made from a crop that American farmers grew back 150 years ago. INDUSTRIAL HEMP. This can also be used for paper so we dont have to cut down millions of acres of forest.

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Renewable Energy Group Inc

Chris asks…

What is environmental stewardship?

Windmill Farms answers:

It is the way of living green and promoting it, usually through a group, organization or a company.
Here is an example of a corporation operating in this standard;

We’ve been honored for our environmental stewardship

Business, industry and governmental organizations have acknowledged the environmental accomplishments of FPL Group, of which we are an integral part, including the following:

FPL Group received a No. 1 ranking for environmental performance among 23 electric utilities for the fourth straight time from Innovest, an internationally recognized research firm.
In January 2005, FPL Group was named one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World by Corporate Knights, Inc., a Canadian media company. Chosen from a universe of 2,000 of the world’s largest corporations, FPL Group was cited for the honor after achieving a sustainability performance that places it within the top five percent of its sector.
As part of the EPA’s Climate Leader Program, FPL Group committed to achieve an 18 percent reduction in emissions rates of greenhouse gases by 2008 compared to a 2001 baseline.
FPL Group is also the largest U.S. Power company to have joined World Wildlife Fund’s Powerswitch! Pioneers program in which it intends to continue its successful demand reduction programs and achieve a 15 percent improvement in energy generation through the addition of more power plants and the investment in wind power and other renewable energy sources.
In 2005, FPL Energy received the Outstanding Stewardship of America’s Rivers Award from the National Hydropower Association for our efforts in Maine.

Hope this helps. I have included related links at the sources.

Donald asks…

What is the average life expectancy of a coal bed methane gas well?

Windmill Farms answers:

A company which owns and exploits such wells claims that they have a life expectancy of 10 years or more. Here is their PR:

Hemi Energy Group, Inc. (Pink sheets: HMGP) has identified five coal bed layers under the five mature leases with oil production in Woodson County, Kansas. The five coal bed pay zones, starting from the deepest to the shallowest are the Riverton, which sets on top of the Mississippi formation, the Weir-Pittsburg, Bevier, Mulky and Summit. The Bourbon Arch, which is a geological feature, is approximately forty miles long and all of these coal beds lie on top of the Bourbon Arch. There are more than two billion cubic feet of coal bed layers and these results only include some of the layers of coal beds. Testing is still being completed at the lab of the coring and cutting samples of these layers. When the analysis is completed at the laboratory, the information can be used by the geologist to update the reserve report to include the CBM gas. The geologist will use this information and other detailed geological information to determine the amount of CBM gas. Hemi’s lease acreage of the five mature oil leases is approximately three square miles. The company also has additional leases that are adjacent or contiguous which have several times the total acreage of these five mature leases. This area of southeast Kansas is well documented as having blanket geological formations especially in CBM pay zones. Coal bed methane gas, when properly produced in our area of Kansas, has a very long commercial life expectancy, many times ten years or more years, because methane coal beds regenerate the methane gas. Management’s opinion and experience is that there is significantly more total cubic feet of coal beds and therefore there will be a large volume of CBM gas when the updated reserves report about oil and gas is released.

Hemi President Keith A. Anderson issued this statement: “The high crude oil and gasoline prices has impacted each and every American, as the world seeks alternative sources of energy and CBM gas is a renewable energy resource. With that thought in mind, Hemi has been drilling and developing wells, we have been employing the highest levels of the industry standards for drilling and completion techniques which will allow these wells to continue producing decades into the future. Due to the current economic climate we have focused on crude oil production, near term. While choosing to leave the CBM gas behind pipe as proved undeveloped reserves for future use. Converting the current oil wells into CBM gas wells or comingled CBM gas/Crude oil production wells will be a relatively simple, straight forward, low cost conversion of these bore holes. Ongoing reports from Kansas Geological Society have further confirmed the thickness of the coals in the Bourbon Arch and quality of gas which may be obtained. I feel the preliminary CBM gas reserves being quoted in this press release has the potential of being increased exponentially in the final completed reserve report, we recently commissioned.”

Betty asks…

Is Romney talking much about KB Toys in his campaign, it is his most profitable take-over, to bad no-survivors?

KB Toys was purchased and taken private in 2000 by the leveraged buyout firm of Bain Capital for $305 million, Bain announced the purchase on Dec. 8, 2000. Only $18 million of the purchase money was cash, the rest was borrowed against the assets of the company. Sixteen months after the buyout, Bain Capital paid itself $85 million in dividends (a 372% return on their investment) in 2002. Two years later, due to increasing competition from national discount chains such as Wal-Mart and Target and its enormous debt, on January 14, 2004, K·B Toys filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed 365 stores.
K·B closed 156 stores on November 8, 2007. The Gordon Brothers Group[3] handled the liquidation of these stores. On February 9, 2009, K·B closed the remaining stores following the second bankruptcy filing in four years. In addition, K·B Toys’ website was closed down.
The K·B Toys brand and related intangible assets were sold by Streambank LLC to Toys R Us on September 4, 2009, for a reported $2.1 million. Because K·B Toys’ 460 stores had been closed and liquidated, the sale applies mainly to the company’s logo, website, and trademarks/intellectual properties. Toys R Us remains unsure of how the K·B name will fit into its future business plan.[2] So far, Toys R Us uses the K·B Toys brand in self-manufactured toys, under the name “KB Classics” with the K·B Toys logo.

Windmill Farms answers:

He doesn’t talk about his record as Governor either. In January 2003 at the headquarters of Konarka Technologies Romney called for more grants to the renewable energy sector and he said “I believe now is the time to refocus its assets in such a manner that it can become a major economic springboard for the Commonwealth by focusing on job creation in the renewable energy sector”. Mitt Romney sent $1.5 million to Konarka solar energy company after he became governor, along with $2.5 million to Evergreen Solar, which also filed for bankruptcy last year, and provided a $2.5 million loan to the biotech firm Spherics Inc., which closed three years later.

Linda asks…

James Broadhead, President & CEO of Florida Power & Light?

Doing a project for school and need biographical details of James Broadhead. Anyone know anything about his life and accomplishments or where I can find the information? Thanks to all who can help.

Windmill Farms answers:

Profile of Mr. Broadhead’s Career

Mr. Broadhead was named CEO of FPL Group in 1989. Since taking the helm,
he has successfully focused the company’s efforts on strengthening its core
business, Florida Power & Light, and expanding its energy-related operations
outside of Florida through FPL Energy. In addition to divesting non-core
businesses such as insurance, citrus production and real estate, Mr. Broadhead
emphasized lower costs, improved quality and customer focus, and increased
speed and flexibility throughout the company’s operations. As a result, FPL
has reduced real unit operating costs by 55 percent since 1990. The
performance of its nuclear and fossil power plants now rank among the top
10 percent in the country, and its service reliability is ranked in the
top 20 percent.
Since 1990, FPL Group revenues have grown from $5 billion to more than
$7 billion, even as non-core businesses were divested. Both customers and
shareholders have benefited from the streamlined operations and improved
performance. Today, FPL customers enjoy base rates for electricity that are
nearly 10 percent lower than in 1989, and FPL Group shareholders have realized
total shareholder returns that are 24 percent better than the industry average
over that same period.
Prior to joining FPL Group, Mr. Broadhead was president of GTE Telephone
Operations and a member of GTE’s board of directors. Before his association
with GTE, Mr. Broadhead was president of St. Joe Minerals Corporation. He is
a director of Delta Air Lines, Inc., the Pittston Company, and New York Life
Insurance Company, and a Trustee Emeritus of Cornell University. He also is
past president of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality

Company Profile
FPL Group, with annual revenues of more than $7 billion, is one of the
nation’s largest providers of electricity-related services. Its principal
subsidiary, Florida Power & Light Company, serves approximately 3.9 million
customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, LLC, FPL Group’s U.S. Energy-
generating subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity from clean and
renewable fuels. Additional information is available on the Internet at, and

Charles asks…

Have you seen this list of all the failed Green Energy companies Obama’s admin invested in?

So, where did all this money go?:

Evergreen Solar ($24 million)*
SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
Solyndra ($535 million)*
Beacon Power ($69 million)*
AES’s subsidiary Eastern Energy ($17.1 million)
Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
SunPower ($1.5 billion)
First Solar ($1.46 billion)
Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
Amonix ($5.9 million)
National Renewable Energy Lab ($200 million)
Fisker Automotive ($528 million)
Abound Solar ($374 million)*
A123 Systems ($279 million)*
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)
Johnson Controls ($299 million)
Schneider Electric ($86 million)
Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
ECOtality ($126.2 million)
Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
Range Fuels ($80 million)*
Thompson River Power ($6.4 million)*
Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
LSP Energy ($2.1 billion)*
UniSolar ($100 million)*
Azure Dynamics ($120 million)*
GreenVolts ($500,000)
Vestas ($50 million)
LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($150 million)
Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
Navistar ($10 million)
Satcon ($3 million)*

Windmill Farms answers:

I’m betting the amount of money given to these failed companies correlates highly with Democratic campaign donations received from them.

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Wind Energy Companies

Jenny asks…

solar and wind energy combinedly converting into electricity?

I need a machine which produce electricity by wind and solar energy combinedly and also the company which manufactures this machines and also the cost of this machineries….

Windmill Farms answers:

Solar and wind energy are very useful forms of renewable energy, and both are also supplied by nature free of charge. It is just a matter of harnessing the energy in the best way for your circumstances.

There are many companies around the world which can assist with combined wind generators and PV solar arrays, complete with all the required control equipment for interconnections. The one in the link below also has prices indicated, starting from around USD6,000. You will find many more by googling “solar and wind power plants”.

Good luck, and The Way to Go !!

Donna asks…

Why don’t more people use solar or wind energy, especially since power companies keep raising their rates?

Windmill Farms answers:

Fossil fuel companies have paid renewal energy companies to not overdo the renewal energy.. This is the result of high costs for windmills and other things. My Uncle Laurie has a car that runs on Water!.. Well hydro comes from Water doesn’t it? Also my Uncle uses a pyramid to collect solar energies to a battery. These energies go to an air tank and his cabin is heated by air! He says the initial setup costs are high but his current heating costs for summer are around $10-$19 but winter time is around $36 monthly. Cheap for a cold area like Timmins Ontario. Or rather just outside of Timmins! Timmins colder than Thunderbay Ontario! I will be using renewable
energies as soon as I can manage to get my own place and not have to pay rent to a landlord! One Realtor company was gonna go to Renewal energies but they were substantial paid by Hydro not do renewal energies! …Century 21 check it out if U want!

Helen asks…

do u think wind energy is viable if the government decide to stop extending subsidies?

wind energy

Windmill Farms answers:

Wind energy isn’t viable With subsidies. It is a utopian hippie dream. How anybody thinks a source of energy that has to wait for the wind to blow is realistic is beyond me. There’s no way to store it, so to have a dependable steady source of energy it has to be backed up by a traditional source like a coal powered plant.

If you haven’t seen one, they are taller than the Statue of Liberty and cost millions of dollars each. A wind farm can have hundreds of them. I find it pretty hard to believe that they will ever pay for themselves. What they really turn out to be is a tax break for some big company and a stupid waste of our tax dollars.

Ruth asks…

Is it illegal for an electric car company to also work on solar and wind energy?

I was wondering whether this would be considered a monopoly or whether it would just be another part of the company.

Windmill Farms answers:

There are some industries where it is considered against the public interest for control to be isolated to too few players. Media has been traditionally one of those. Energy is not treated in the same way. This is why it is possible for a petrochemical company to own wells, exploration, production, shipping, refineries and even service stations for a significant fraction of the global markets and it seems quite acceptable. In another time we might have called this a vertical monopoly or a cartel.1 Buying many businesses as you suggest could lead to a horizontal monopoly.

There is not a great deal of political will to break up monopolies at the current time. Government seem quite content to work for ever larger corporations. The general population is rather complacent as well. As long as we are paid off with cheap energy we don’t seem to mind how it happens. Strictly it may be illegal but to prove such a case is not so easy and corporations only have to wait until another administration takes over. As an example you only have to look at the case against microsoft and how it proceeded.

Richard asks…

opportunities and challenges that wind energy companies face in setting up wind farms in India.?

please provide some data if any one knows some recent activities about this.

Windmill Farms answers:

Well I don’t know any recent activity on this subject. But I can give you some info on it.

Wind can be converted to a big source of energy. The energy generation is proportional to the cube of wind-speed.

But the problem is that it needs much place, & can be set up only in windy region. Also our govt as you can see is much possessed with Nuclear energy.

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