About Wind Energy

We work with Rhode Island communities and public entities to plan and construct wind turbines, which deliver clean, reliable and inexpensive power. Our aim is to help Rhode Island in transforming and diversifying its energy portfolio in coming years.

Wind energy can transform our cites and towns

The investment in renewable energy and wind power in Rhode Island will enable domestic energy production which benefits the state’s energy security, surrounding environment and the local economy.

How Wind Energy Works

When wind blows past a turbine, the blades capture the energy and rotate. This rotation triggers an internal shaft to spin, which is connected to a gearbox increasing the speed of rotation, which is connect to a generator that ultimately produces electricity. A wind turbine is equipped with wind assessment equipment and will automatically rotate into the face of the wind, and angle or “pitch” its blades to optimize energy capture.¹

Benefits of Wind Energy

Wind energy is a clean, renewable form of energy that uses virtually no water and pumps billions of dollars into our economy every year. Since 2008, the U.S. wind industry has generated more than $100 billion in private investment. Furthermore, wind energy is a drought-resistant cash crop in many parts of the country, providing economic investment to rural communities through lease payments to landowners. Wind energy helps avoid a variety of environmental impacts due to its low impact emitting zero greenhouse gas emissions or conventional pollutants and consuming virtually no water.¹

1. “Wind 101: the basics of wind energy”. awae.org. Retrieved 17 July 2016.