Wind Energy Essentials: Societal, Economic, and Environmental Impacts


Title: Wind Energy Essentials: Societal, Economic, and Environmental Impacts
Authors: Walker, R.; Swift, A.
Publication Date:
May 01, 2015
Published City: Hoboken, New Jersey
Pages: 490
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Walker, R.; Swift, A. (2015). Wind Energy Essentials: Societal, Economic, and Environmental Impacts Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. .

This book begins with a history of wind power and the social impacts of both electricity and wind power from a historical perspective, a discussion of basic electrical terms, and a primer on the conversion of power in the wind to electricity. Much of the second half of the book is devoted to comparing wind energy to other forms of electric generation, both renewable and non-renewable sources. In order to have a true understanding of the impact of wind energy on society, one also has to have a thorough understanding of the impacts that other sources of electric generation have, such as fossil-fuelled plants or nuclear power plants. The comparison of electric generation sources includes a review of how such sources are typically utilized within the electric system, as well as the economic factors and environmental considerations that affect which resources utilities or operators of electric grids have to take into account. The authors conclude with a discussion of energy policies in the U.S., individual states, and foreign nations, how these policies influence the use of renewable energy, and what our future may hold in terms of energy supply and demand. Some highlights of this book are:

  • Discusses the wind energy impacts on the environment, local economy, electric utilities, individuals and communities
  • Provides a visual explanation of wind energy principles through tables, graphs, maps, illustrations and photographs
  • Offers a comprehensive overview of the issues associated with the creation and use of wind energy
  • Models chapters around an existing university curriculum

Spanning the broad range of environmental, financial, policy and other topics that define and determine the relationships between wind energy technology and our energy-dependent society, Wind Energy Essentials is a resource for students, universities, and the entire wind energy industry.


Table of Contents: 

Impacts of Energy and Electricity on Society


The Basics of Electricity


Overview of Wind Energy and Other Sources of Electricity


Conversion of Power in the Wind to Electricity


The Wind Energy Development Process


Overview of Issues Faced by Wind Energy


Wind and Wildlife: Siting Issues and Challenges


Environmental and Ecological Impacts of Wind Energy on Humans: Public Health Issues 


Environmental and Ecological Impacts of Wind Energy on Humans: Public and Workforce Safety Issues


Wind Energy's Impact on Aviation, Radar, and Telecommunications


Other Environmental Issues of Wind Energy Development: Aesthetics, Cultural Resources, Land Use Compatibility, Water Resources, and Site Restoration


Impact of Wind Energy on the Electric Grid


Non‐Wind Renewable Energy Sources Used to Meet Electricity Needs


Nonrenewable Energy Sources Used to Meet Electricity Needs


Energy Efficiency and Conservation: “Less Is More” and “Doing Without”


Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Siting and Permitting of Electric Generation Projects


Economics of Electricity Generation


Economic Impacts and Benefits of Wind Energy Projects and Other Sources of Electric Generation


Environmental Impacts and Economics of Offshore Wind Energy


State and National Energy Policies


Global Wind Energy Policy and Development


Wind Energy Workforce, Education, and Jobs


The Future of Electric Energy



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