Wind power uses the energy from the wind to create electricity.
A few facts:
In 2014, 60% of the electricity generated in Colorado came from coal, 22% from natural gas, and 18% from renewable energy resources (from U.S. Energy Information Administration).
For information on the sources of your electricity see:
Tri-State Generation for GCEA members.
Western Area Power Association for City of Gunnison customers.
A single wind turbine can keep 3,000,000 pounds of coal in the ground and 6,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere each year. Every pound of carbon dioxide we produce today remains in the atmosphere for a century.
A recent local project is the Doyleville Wind Turbine. In 2010, GCEA wrote and was awarded a grant to install a wind turbine at a GCEA repeater site in Doyleville; the turbine was installed in the fall of 2010. The 2.4 kW generator mainly powers the repeater site, but excess electricity produced goes into the grid for use by other GCEA members. GCEA uses the data to understand the potential for wind generators in our area.