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UNFC and Wind Energy

Wind energy, like other power technologies based on renewable resources, is widely available throughout the world. Wind energy generation does not cause greenhouse gas emissions.  It does not emit other pollutants such as oxides of sulphur and nitrogen and consumes no water.

Wind power is generated by the airflow through wind turbines that mechanically turn electric generators. Wind farms consist of many individual wind turbines which are connected to the electric power transmission network. Wind farms can be onshore or offshore.

Rapid growth in wind energy generations has highlighted a need to harmonize the way in which the resources are reported. Investors, regulators, governments and consumers need a standard comparison framework for wind energy resources to assess energy sustainability scenarios at project, company, country, regional or global levels.

The application of UNFC to wind energy resources could not only improve the view of energy sustainability but also greatly facilitate the economic evaluation of wind energy projects and the raising of finance.

Wind Energy Sub-group

A Wind Energy Sub-group under the Renewable Energy Classification Working Group is being established to develop the specifications for wind energy resource classification.