Clean Energy for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

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    In preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics as well as future energy demands, China built a wind turbine power plant to provide clean electricity for Beijing and the Olympic Games. Wind power is clean, plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions when it takes the place of fossil-fuel-derived electricity.

    Wind power can be produced by large scale wind farms connected to electrical grids, as well as by individual turbines for providing electricity to isolated locations. At the end of 2007, worldwide capacity of wind-powered generators was 94.1 gigawatts. Although wind power currently represents just over 1\% of world-wide electricity use, between 2000 and 2007 wind power generation increased more than fivefold globally.