Wind can be used to generate electricity. The energy in the wind spins the turbine blades. They in turn spin a shaft connected to a generator and this makes electricity.
The amount of electricity made by a wind turbine generator depends on how hard the wind is blowing. In storms, wind turbines are stopped for safety.
A wind turbine looks like a huge fan, but…
Wind energy in New Zealand
New Zealand has one of the most consistent wind energy resources in the world. Our wind farms operate at an average of 45 percent of maximum capacity, compared with an international average of only 24 percent.
On average, New Zealand wind farms generate twice as much electricity compared with wind farms overseas.
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