Wind turbines (windmills) use strong, steady wind to create electricity. Wind power emits no greenhouse gases and has very little impact on the land. Wind energy can be produced anywhere the wind blows with consistent force.
The term "wind energy" describes the process by which the wind is used to generate mechanical power or electricity. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power. This mechanical power can be used for specific tasks (such as grinding grain or pumping water) or a generator can convert this mechanical power into electricity to power homes, businesses, schools, and the like.
REU and Wind Energy!
In 2006, REU signed a 25-year contract through the M-S-R Public Power Agency to purchase energy from the Big Horn wind project located in eastern Washington State. The wind energy is firmed and shaped in the Pacific NW before being delivered to Redding, which takes care of the intermittency of the wind and efficiently utilizes the high voltage transmission grid.