Wind is a clean, important source of energy.
Exelon Generation is committed to providing environmentally friendly, low and no-carbon power generation to customers. Wind is one such source. Wind power generation provides revenue for landowners and local communities.
Our first wind project went into full commercial operation in January 2012. In the years since, we’ve grown the list to 42 projects. Renewables have grown quickly in the last decade and are now a mature business. We believe renewables are an important part of our national transition to a clean energy future.
Wind turbines can be up to 50 stories tall.
When wind blows around modern wind turbines, the blades capture the energy and rotate, which triggers an internal shaft to spin. This is connected to a gearbox, which speeds up the rotation. The gearbox is connected to a generator, which turns all this activity into electricity.
- Wind turbines are grouped into wind projects, which provide power to the grid.
- Wind turbines are built for high winds and can withstand extreme weather.
- They shut off automatically when wind speeds exceed safety limits
With wind power, site selection is a make or break decision.
Wind turbines need to be installed in places with adequate wind resources. The U.S. Department of Energy publishes its own wind resource maps based on model-derived estimates. Our research includes small terrain features, vegetation, buildings, and atmospheric effects. America’s windiest spots are off the coasts, in the mountains, and down through the Great Plains to Texas.
How power from a wind project gets to you.
Once wind energy is on the grid, smaller transmission lines or “distribution lines” collect the electricity and bring it to larger network lines. The electricity then travels to wherever it’s needed.
Learn more about our wind locations.
Exelon Generation has a wind site in Illinois. With four wind turbines in operation, Agriwind can produce 8.4 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity. Exelon’s Agriwind has been powering the state and helping Illinois reduce emissions since 2008.
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Exelon Generation has four wind sites in Idaho. Together, the sites operate 61 wind turbines and can produce 128.2 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity. Exelon Wind began generating energy in Idaho in 2009 and has grown consistently.
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Exelon Generation has two wind sites in Kansas. Together, the sites operate 75 wind turbines and can produce 116.5 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity. In 2011, RenewableEnergyWorld.com named Exelon’s Greensburg site “Wind Project of the Year.”
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Exelon Generation has two wind sites in Garrett County, Maryland. Together, the sites have 70 wind turbines and can produce 100 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity. The first Exelon site was operational in 2010 and was Maryland’s first-ever wind project.
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Exelon Generation has five wind sites in Michigan. As a group, they have 195 wind turbines and can produce 352.6 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity. In 2008, Exelon’s first utility-scale wind site, Harvest I, received an award in from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Exelon Generation has nine wind sites in Minnesota. As a group, they have 46 wind turbines, and can produce 77.7 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity. Exelon’s very first wind project in Brewster, Minnesota started operation early – in 2003.
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Exelon Generation has four wind sites in Missouri, including the state’s first. Together, they have 79 turbines and produce 162.5 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity. Loess Hills was recognized as the only site in the nation that could meet all its community’s power needs.
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Exelon Generation has a wind site in New Mexico. Wildcat Wind Project has 13 wind turbines and can produce 27 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity. The Lea County Electric Cooperative purchases the energy generated by Wildcat Wind.
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Exelon Generation has four wind sites in Oregon. Together, the sites have 43 wind turbines and can produce 74.5 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity. Exelon has a long-term power purchase agreement with PacifiCorp to buy energy from these projects.
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Exelon Generation has fourteen wind sites in Texas. As a group, the sites have 183 wind turbines, and can produce 359.8 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity. Exelon’s first Texas wind projects were operational in 2006 and grew steadily over six years.
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