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Wind energy is a fully domestic source of energy and one of Maryland’s greatest homegrown and natural sources of energy. And like solar energy, wind energy relies on a renewable power source that can’t be exhausted.
Wind energy is totally clean, requiring no combustion of fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas, and wind turbines don't produce atmospheric emissions that cause acid rain or greenhouse gasses.
In reality, wind is a derivative form of solar energy, since the sun warms the atmosphere unevenly. Wind is created as heat flows from hotter areas to cooler areas and from high pressure systems to lower pressure systems around the earth’s surface. Wind energy taps into this natural process and harnesses it to make power.
Proposed wind projects in Maryland can fill the renewable energy gap in our portfolio by 2022.
Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power, like operating a water pump or a granary on a farm. A generator then converts this mechanical power into electricity.
As any Chesapeake Bay boater knows, Maryland has plenty of wind for power. Winds make the Bay one of the premier sailing destinations in the country, and small wind generators on boats of all kinds help supply power for living and working on the vessel. The greatest potential for wind in Maryland lies offshore in the Atlantic Ocean, and on the ridgebacks of the Appalachian Mountains. Consider the map of Maryland’s wind resources:
The Abell Foundation: Maryland's Offshore Wind Potential (2/12/10). This report finds that offshore wind energy has the potential to meet the state's entire electricity demand.
Take Action to Support Wind
The key to supporting wind potential in Maryland is staying informed about renewable energy policies and being sure that your Delegates and Senators know that renewable energy is important to you.