Wind power is an important, emerging source of energy production.
Eraring Energy operates two wind farm sites at Crookwell and Blayney which play a significant role in demonstrating commercially viable, sustainable electricity generation.
Each year the wind farms save approximately 17,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions that would otherwise have been produced from coal fired generation.
At full output the wind farms will be capable of meeting the average electricity demand of 7,700 homes.
Both wind farms are highly visible and well known to their local communities. Extensive community consultation was undertaken with local residents to address issues associated with living near a wind farm. Eraring Energy has a very cooperative relationship with the owners of the land on which the wind farms are located.
Located west of Goulburn, Crookwell Wind Farm was the first to be connected to the electricity grid in July 1998.
Located on Lake Carcoar, south of Orange, Blayney Wind Farm is one of the largest in New South Wales. The wind farm consists of 15 turbines. Each of these is 45 meters high with a rotor diameter exceeding 45 meters. The capacity of each turbine is 600kW and the total generation of the farm is 9 MW.
The Beaufort Scale is a measure of wind speed in laymans terms originating in England and used around the world.