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How wind farms produce electricity

Graphic illustration 1. Wind turns the turbine's blades, causing an inner shaft to spin.

2. The shaft connects to a generator that produces electricity.

3. Electricity travels through a conductor to a local power station.

Supplying energy to the utility grid

Turbines connect to electrical lines that distribute power to businesses, industries and homes.

Sources: American Wind Energy Association; National Wind Technology Center

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