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Background

We all use electricity, but we rarely think about how our electricity is generated or the effect this has on our environment. Generating power from the wind is relatively new, and it is important that issues it raises are understood. Wind energy is popular and many people welcome the sight of modern aerodynamic windmills, turning gracefully as they produce clean electricity.

Wind energy produces electricity without creating pollution or emitting carbon dioxide. Unlike fossil fuels the wind will never run out. Along with other renewable technologies and energy efficiency, it will be crucial in reducing global climate change, acid rain and other environmental problems.