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University of Delaware wind turbine, Lewes, Delaware, May 2010. Photo courtesy of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

Utilizing Wind to Generate Electricity:

A Developing Alternative Power Source on the East Coast

An Exhibition curated by Mary Donnelly

July 9, 2010 – September 7, 2010

These resources from the University of Delaware Library on wind energy in the United States reflect a multidisciplinary approach to renewable energy and vary in technical expertise, including a few engineering texts. This exhibit includes information on the economic climate and financial investment required to establish and sustain wind power plants and transmission systems, the technology and engineering concepts to make the process of electricity production and distribution work, wind power’s effect on the environment and human health, and how individuals and organizations during the last century and a half achieved these breakthroughs.

Checklist of the Exhibition

Economics    |    Environment    |    History & Technology    |    Mid-Atlantic Region


Boyle, G. (Ed.). (2009). Renewable electricity and the grid: The challenge of variability. Sterling, VA: Earthscan.

Gasch, R. & Twele, J. (2002). Wind power plants: Fundamentals, design, construction and operation. London: Solarpraxis and James & James.

On Display

Book cover and Figure 1:  Size and power increases of commercially produced wind turbines over time (p. 3)

Lang, M. and Focken, U. (2006). Physical approach to short-term power prediction.  New York: Springer.

Mathew, S. (2006). Wind energy: Fundamentals, resource analysis and economics. New York: Springer. Accompanying CD-ROM displayed.

Toman, M., Griffin, J. & Lempent, R. J. (2008). Impacts on U.S. energy expenditures and greenhouse-gas emissions of increasing renewable-energy use (Document No. TR-384-1-EFC). Santa Monica, CA: RAND. Retrieved July 28, 2010, from

On Display

Accompanying CD-ROM displayed.

Wiser, R. & Bolinger, M. (2009, July). 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report [electronic resource]. Washington, DC. U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiencies and Renewable Energy. Retrieved July 7, 2010, from

On Display

Cover of report and "2008 Wind Technologies Market Report" verso and table of contents.

Wizelius, T. (2007). Developing wind power projects: Theory and practice. Sterling, VA: Earthscan.


Figure 4.4: The global circulations (p. 13). From Gasch & Twele (2002). Wind power plants.

Jacobson, D. (2008). Wind energy and air remission reduction benefits [electronic resource]. Boulder, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Retrieved July 7, 2010, from

On Display

Table 4: Examples of Avoided Emissions Rates for Wind Power in Selected U.S. Regions (p. 41).

Koller, J., Koppel, J. & Peters, W. (2006). Offshore wind energy: Research on environmental impacts. New York: Springer.

National Research Council. (2007). Environmental impacts of wind-energy projects. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press.

Red, White and Green [cover] (2010, Spring). OnEarth: Environment, Politics, People, 32.

Pasqualetti, M., Gipe, P. & Righter R. (Eds.). (2002). Wind Power in view: Energy landscapes in a crowded world. Academic Press Sustainable World Series. New York: Academic Press.

On Display: Pictures of wind turbine clusters:

Figure 9.4: Poor design (p. 128)

Figure 9.6: Optimal design (p. 129)

Szarka, J. (2007). Wind power in Europe: Politics, business and society. Energy, Climate and the Environment Series (D. Elliott, Series Ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillian.

Willoughby, M. (Producer) & Fettig, T. (Director). (2007). E2. Energy [documentary] (DVD). United States: Kontentreal Production; Distributor: PBS Home Video.

History & Technology of Wind Power in the United States

Anaya-Lara, O., Jenkins, N., Ekanayake, J., Cartwright, P. & Hughes, M. (2009). Wind energy generation: Modeling and control. New York, Wiley.

Klein, L. (Writer/Director) & Sapir, C. (Producer). (2009). The big energy gamble [documentary] (DVD). United States: Nova production by Production Group, Inc. for WGBH Boston and WGBH Educational Foundation. Distributed by PBS Video.

Bradley, G. (1957). Development of a design for an ultra high-speed air-driven turbine. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Delaware, Newark.

On Display

Title page and Plate 1: Turbine assembly

Manwell, J.F., McGovern, J.G. & Rogers, A.L. (2009). Wind energy explained: Theory, design and application. 2nd ed.New York: Wiley.

How it works: We split open 13 amazing machines. Next-Gen wind turbine [cover]. (2010, April). Popular Science, 276.

Righter, R. (1996). Wind energy in America: A history. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.

Stiebler, M. (2008). Wind energy systems for electric power generation. Springer Series in Green Energy and Technology. New York: Springer.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Delaware Goes Green [cover]. (2009, Summer). Delaware Lawyer, 27.

Environmental Law Institute & Coastal Zone Management Program (MD). (2009). Maryland Offshore energy framework [electronic version]. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Law Institute. Retrieved July 7, 2010, from WorldCat FirstSearch database.

On Display

Maryland-50m wind resource map (p. 2)

Map labeled "Proposed sale 220: Call for information and interest/nominations" (p. 5).

Global Insight & New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. (2008). Assessment of the potential costs and benefits of offshore wind turbines [electronic resource].  Trenton, NJ: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Retrieved July 7, 2010, from

On Display

Figure 3.8: Offshore wind farm project cost estimate (p. 19)

Figure 3.9: Estimated annual revenue for the New Jersey Wind Farm Pilot (p. 20)

Hitchcock, J. (Ed.). (2009, March). Institutional Investor’s guide to modern energy [special section]. Institutional Investor, 43(2): pp. 1-15.

On Display

"Being nimble with NIMBY," pp. 10-11.  

Krueger, A. (2007). Valuing public preferences for offshore wind power (Doctoral dissertation, University of Delaware, Newark). Retrieved July 24, 2010, from the Dissertations and Theses @ the University of Delaware database.

On Display

Table 6.12: Factors Reported to Most Affect Decision to Support or Oppose Delaware Cape Wind Project (p. 97).

Figures 7.5: Simulated Delaware resident support for a wind project located 12.5 miles offshore of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (p. 125), and 7.6: Simulated Delaware resident support for a wind project located 7.5 miles offshore of Fenwick Island, Delaware (p. 125).

Figure 7: Annual U.S. market share of wind manufacturers by MW, 2005-2008 (p. 14). From Wiser & Bolinger (2009, July). 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report.

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