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Wind Energy Production

Learning Objectives

  • Define capacity factor
  • Compare the capacity factor of a traditional coal-fired power plant to that of a modern wind farm
  • Describe how the costs of construction and operation for a traditional fossil-fired power plant compare to those of a new, large scale wind farm
  • Discuss how the cost of wind energy has become more competitive over the years

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45 Minutes

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to discuss the relationship between the size of a wind farm and its corresponding capacity factor.  In addition, you will be able to explain how wind energy impacts traditional energy markets.