flexiblefullpage -
billboard - default
interstitial1 - interstitial
Currently Reading

Harnessing the power of wind energy

Sponsored Content

Harnessing the power of wind energy


Williams Scotsman | December 22, 2014

Wind is generating a great deal of attention these days. I’m talking about wind power that occurs naturally in the atmosphere that is then converted into mechanical energy and then into electricity.   

While wind power is not new, people started using windmills centuries ago to generate power, it’s experiencing a resurgence for a variety of reasons. First wind turbines are a renewable energy source, which means no additional greenhouse gases are being emitted into the environment. The resource is also widely available, especially throughout the U.S., which means more states are looking closely at increasing the number of wind farms to generate clean energy.  

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), there are 46,000 operating wind turbines across the 39 states as well as Puerto Rico, representing 61,110 megawatts (MW). That’s enough to power over 15.5 million homes. The AWEA also noted that the U.S. gets 4.1 percent of its electricity from wind overall, and certain states generate much more than that.  

In fact, the state of Maryland (the home state of our Baltimore-based corporate headquarters) is poised to benefit greatly from increased wind energy. According to a new study by Environment Maryland, scaling up wind energy can save the state 8 million megatron of carbon pollution, that’s roughly the equivalent of two coal fired power plants. The Environment Maryland study backs other reports, which find the greatest return on wind energy will be found off the state’s coast.  

Another new study from South Dakota State University suggests that wind farms are a welcome boon for struggling rural communities. This is true for many rural Midwestern communities that often are confronted with dwindling populations and revenues. Take a look at this recent article in Midwest Energy News to read more about the study. 

Here at Williams Scotsman, we work with many companies that are servicing the wind energy generation industry. In fact, in February of next year, I will be speaking at the Energy, Utility and Environment Conference (EUEC) to discuss how energy companies can work green while generating clean renewable energy. 

About the Author
Paul Raiford, Director of Energy Services, Williams Scotsman

More from Author

Williams Scotsman | Mar 30, 2015

Spring cleaning tips for modular space

Modular structure manufacturer Williams Scotsman shares seven things to do to prep modular units for the spring.

Williams Scotsman | Mar 16, 2015

Modular Space Showcase: Helping BP take command in the Gulf of Mexico

Immediate emergency response to minimize and remedy environmental damage called for temporary, modular spaces.

Williams Scotsman | Mar 9, 2015

Drilling Deeper: Eagle Ford Shale moving up despite oil prices going down

Like many other energy hotbends throughout the continent, demand for modular structures isn't decreasing with oil prices

Williams Scotsman | Mar 3, 2015

Modular construction brings affordable housing to many New Yorkers

After city officials waived certain zoning and density regulations, modular microunits smaller than 400 square feet are springing up in New York.

Williams Scotsman | Feb 23, 2015

Modular Space Showcase: Sales center brings curb appeal

The Welcome Center received rave reviews from the customer as well as community residents and potential buyers.

Williams Scotsman | Feb 17, 2015

When lava flow in Hawaii threatens a public school district, officials turn to modular

Hawaii Modular Space, a Williams Scotsman company, designed temporary classroom space for the Pahoa and Keeau schools that would become displaced due to ongoing lava flow in Pahoa, Hawaii.

Williams Scotsman | Feb 5, 2015

3D printing has people in the building and construction industry talking

How can 3D printing affect the building design and construction industry?

Williams Scotsman | Feb 2, 2015

Modular Space Showcase: Getting down to business in Alberta’s oil sands

If you work in the energy sector you’ve heard of Alberta’s oil sands. Located in Western Canada, Alberta is a province with an abundance of natural resources.  Oil sands are located in three major areas of northeast Alberta spanning hundreds of thousands of miles. 

Williams Scotsman | Jan 26, 2015

Modular space showcase: Powerful space solutions for Ontario’s energy future

Having access to the right workspace is important, regardless of location. A comfortable, efficient and attractive workspace can make all the difference for workers. For Hydro One Networks, an electricity transmission and distribution company based in Ontario, establishing well-equipped field offices in various remote locations was essential to success. 

Williams Scotsman | Jan 19, 2015

Resolve to go green this year

Not every company can top Forbes magazine’s Most Sustainable Companies list, but we can all resolve to try to do more to protect the environment in 2015.

boombox1 - default
boombox2 -
native1 -

More In Category




halfpage1 -

Most Popular Content

  1. 2021 Giants 400 Report
  2. Top 150 Architecture Firms for 2019
  3. 13 projects that represent the future of affordable housing
  4. Sagrada Familia completion date pushed back due to coronavirus
  5. Top 160 Architecture Firms 2021

 



Magazine Subscription
Subscribe

Get our Newsletters

Each day, our editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Subscribe

Follow BD+C: