In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb
"When storms come, some build walls, some are thrown by the wind. Others build wind mills." - Lao Tzu
Uneven heating of the Earth's surface causes the wind to blow. Many societies have long taken advantage of this energy to travel great distances and perform diverse tasks such as grinding grains, sawing and pumping water. Modern wind turbines using advanced technologies are able to produce electricity for homes, businesses, and even utilities.
Explore the history of windmills and make your own wind-powered machines with Harvest the Wind
Wind power is the fastest growing of the renewable energies. Large machines called turbines have long blades that are turned by the wind. As the blades turn electricity is generated. This electricity can then move down power lines and to your home. Oklahoma is ranked 9th in the country for wind power, with 3,134 megawatts of installed wind capacity. The state's first commercial wind farm came online in 2003. In 2013,14.8 percent of the electricity generated in Oklahoma was from wind power. Our state ranked number four in the nation for total wind-energy generated.
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