Infographic: Go inside a wind turbine

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A wind turbine sits in an open field, moving with the wind and generating electricity for customers who may live miles away.

The use of renewable energy resources has grown in recent years at OPPD. The recent groundbreaking of the Sholes Wind Energy Center in northeast Nebraska will bring the utility close to having 40 percent of its generation come from renewables.

But how does “wind energy” work? How does electricity that was generated in a field get to homes and businesses? The following infographic details how.

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Laura King-Homan

About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is the managing editor of The Wire and a communications specialist at the Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, including the Omaha World-Herald.

2 thoughts on “Infographic: Go inside a wind turbine”

  1. Good information of the basics. I would like to see a little more in depth info on how much electricity an average tower will produce in a 24 hour period. I realize there are many variances but there must be some kind of average that would give a person some idea of what a single tower will do. For instance a single tower will operate 10 homes over a 24 hour period, etc. This would give a person a good idea of the efficiency of wind generation and compare the costs of wind versus fuel generation.

  2. I can agree with Roger K. that the information is good. I would also like to learn more about the need for maintenance on these wind turbines. Yesterday, we drove to Des Moines to the Iowa State Fair. There are numerous turbines very close to I-80. Noticed that almost 20% of the windmills (1 out of 5) were standing still. It could not be due to lack of wind as the turbines in close proximity were turning. If the wind turbines are “almost free energy”, I would think they should be turning day and night. Why power up a lesser efficient or costly energy source?

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