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Windmills have been around for hundreds of years. Now called wind turbines, grouped in windfarms, they are the fastest-growing source of energy. One of the world's largest, the Stateline Wind Generating Project, extends across the Oregon-Washington Border. 450 turbines supply electricity to more than 70,000 homes and businesses. The evolution of turbine technology has made wind power more profitable and safer; smaller rapid rotors have given way to slower moving, larger blades, capable of self-monitoring and of adjusting their direction and blade angle for maximum efficiency. The larger design has also solved a problem that has plagued windfarms for years -- the accidental deaths in significant numbers of birds that fly into the fast rotating blades.
Horns Rev Wind Farm.
The largest offshore wind farms in the world.
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