Wind
About Wind Energy
The power of the wind has been harnessed for thousands of years. The earliest known use of wind power was the sailboat. As technology has advanced, the wind has been used for grinding grain, pumping water, and providing electricity to farms beyond the reach of power lines. Today, wind farms use the energy contained in prevailing winds to generate electricity for homes and businesses.

About the Virtual Plant Tour
From the history of wind energy to learning how a wind turbine is controlled. Start your tour by selecting any of the numbered icons to view specific operations and examine each phase at your own pace. Select Grand Tour to view the tour start to finish.

For clarification of terms used in the tour, view our Glossary of Terms.


Learn about wind energy history and how today's wind farms create electricity for homes and businesses. See how wind power has provided energy throughout history. Explore what it takes to locate and operate a wind farm. See what is inside the enclosure atop the tower and how it generates electricity. Learn how the wind turbine is controlled to maximize the amount of electricity it generates. Learn how winds are created over land, near water and globally.