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Wind farms have been installed in many states across the country and are already providing significant amounts of clean, low-cost,domestic energy. For the Southeast, wind energy potential is most abundant offshore of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, in coastal areas in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida, and are also plentiful along the mountain ridges of Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Wind energy is a clean renewable source of energy that saves water and helps clean the air in ways that energy production from fossil fuels or nuclear cannot. Wind energy has provided a significant economic benefit to rural communities and cities where it has been embraced. Both wind generation and wind manufacturing bring quality, long-term jobs and economic growth to regions that have established a market for wind energy. Modern wind turbines are quiet, efficient and graceful, becoming very popular in places where they have been developed.

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Sea Power: How the South’s Offshore and Nearshore Winds Can Serve Peak Demand

Electric utilities in the southeast usually experience high-demand peak electrical demand during the summertime. To supply power at peak demand, utilities may rely on more expensive power plants, like combustion natural gas turbines. However, a natural phenomenon in coastal and offshore areas may help supplant these higher cost peaking power plants. The Sea Breeze Effect occurs when cool ocean air rushes inland where warmer…

Sea Power: How Georgia’s Offshore and Nearshore Winds Can Serve Peak Demand

Electric utilities in the southeast usually experience high-demand peak electrical demand during the summertime. To supply power at peak demand, utilities may rely on more expensive power plants, like combustion natural gas turbines. However, a natural phenomenon in coastal and offshore areas may help supplant these higher cost peaking power plants. The Sea Breeze Effect occurs when cool ocean air rushes inland where warmer…

Sea Power: How South Carolina’s Offshore and Nearshore Winds Can Serve Peak Demand

Electric utilities in the southeast usually experience high-demand peak electrical demand during the summertime. To supply power at peak demand, utilities may rely on more expensive power plants, like combustion natural gas turbines. However, a natural phenomenon in coastal and offshore areas may help supplant these higher cost peaking power plants. The Sea Breeze Effect occurs when cool ocean air rushes inland where warmer…

Sea Power: How North Carolina’s Offshore and Nearshore Winds Can Serve Peak Demand

Electric utilities in the southeast usually experience high-demand peak electrical demand during the summertime. To supply power at peak demand, utilities may rely on more expensive power plants, like combustion natural gas turbines. However, a natural phenomenon in coastal and offshore areas may help supplant these higher cost peaking power plants. The Sea Breeze Effect occurs when cool ocean air rushes inland where warmer…

Learn About Mountain Wind Energy

The wind energy potential along the Southeast's ridgetops represents a significant source of clean, abundant, and cost-effective energy that can help preserve our mountains. This resource must developed in a manner that is sensitive to the forests and biological diversity of our ridges and protects treasured viewsheds such as those in the western North Carolina mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. How…

Global Wind Day

Global Wind Day takes place each year on June 15. On this date, events take place all over the world celebrating the wonderful benefits of wind power. Wind power is the largest source of newly installed electricity generation in the United States and thousands of Americans work in the wind industry. The benefits of wind power are that it is economical, it creates jobs,…

Tracking SACE’s Carbon Footprint

I am proud to announce that SACE reduced our carbon dioxide emissions by another ten metric tons from 2011 to 2012! As in years past, after calculating our footprint, we purchased offsets for the equivalent of 166 metric tons of carbon dioxide from NativeEnergy. As with the last three years, we calculated Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. This means we calculated carbon dioxide…

Georgia Wind Energy

Although no wind farms have been built in Georgia yet, some small wind turbines are operating in the Peach State. The state is also home to wind industry manufacturing sites. (Download a factsheet about Georgia wind.) According to a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Georgia contains approximately 200 square miles (517 km2) of area that may be of interest to onshore wind…

Learn About Environmental Impacts of Wind Energy

Wind power is a clean, locally available energy resource that has abundant potential in the Southeast. All energy generation sources produce some kind of environmental footprint, even sources that are predominantly renewable. Dirty and dangerous sources of energy, such as coal and nuclear, require destructive mining practices in order to obtain the fuel required to generate electricity. A wind turbine is not dependent on…

Learn About Offshore Wind

The Southeastern U.S. coast is home to some of the best offshore wind resources in the world. This abundant resource represents a huge opportunity over the next several decades to develop the as yet untapped economic and environmental benefits. The relatively shallow offshore waters in our region are ideal for wind farms. The manufacturing base our region offers is well suited for such an…

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