RWE Clean Energy brings world-class resources, experience and expertise to the entire onshore wind project life cycle. From assembly and operations to maintenance and repowering, we’ve “been there, done that”… successfully.
World-class resources, experience and expertise
Wind power basics
We all know there is energy in the wind – we can see it, feel it and hear it. But where does this energy come from? The sun heats the earth with different intensity in different parts of the globe. Those temperature differences drive changes in atmospheric pressure. Air moves from high-pressure to low-pressure areas, creating wind that’s full of kinetic energy.
History of harvesting the wind
Humans have been harnessing wind energy for well over a thousand years, to propel sail boats or turn windmills that ground grain and pumped water. Sails and windmills were simple mechanisms that converted the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical energy that could work for people.
Modern wind turbines take this process a step further. The blades of a wind turbine convert the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical energy that rotates a generator. The generator then converts the mechanical energy into electrical energy — electricity that our communities need for modern life.
A wind farm is a collection of wind turbines that are connected at a single point on the power grid — a substation where the electricity from the turbines is combined, then transmitted to the grid, where it flows to homes and businesses.
The electrical grid is the interconnected system of transmission wires, power plants and switching stations that ensures that power is always available – when, where and in the quantity that’s needed.
Our top projects
Boiling Springs is a 148.4 megawatt (MW) project, located in Woodward County in northwest Oklahoma. The project is powered by 60 GE turbines delivering power into the Oklahoma electrical grid. Boiling Springs is our first project in Oklahoma and in the Southwest Power Pool.
RWE has developed, built, and operates 35 wind farms and more than 5,800 MW of wind energy projects across the U.S., with more on the way.