Wind Energy in Chicago

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Winter is coming. This is my first time to spend winter in Chicago. I experienced the wind gusts that come off Lake Michigan, get tossed around a bit and think, “So this is why it’s called the Windy City” during my riding along Lakefront Trail last weekend. Then I was wondering how the wind energy was in such a cold city like Chicago. Cold climates may mean lots of potential energy for wind energy companies because Chicago experiences higher winds and the density of cold air should increase wind production capacity.

The exhibition of American Wind Energy Association was held in Chicago on May 6th. It’s good to know VTT has conducted a feasibility study of building wind turbines in the cold-climate regions which are under the condition of the cold wind turbine technology. Although the global financial crisis made it very difficult to achieve funding of energy investments, both electricity producers and consumers are still interested in green energy. More and more people choose to install wind turbines near homes, farms and industries.

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