Energy Central Celebrates National Big Wind Day by Highlighting Biggest Wind Voices from Past Year

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April 12 is observed as ‘National Big Wind Day’ in the United States. According to the lore, National Big Wind Day commemorates the recording of the highest natural wind gust measured on the Earth’s surface: 231 miles per hour at Mount Washington Observatory on April 12, 1934.

While winds at that speed would be far too much for existing wind energy technology to utilize, it still serves as a great segue and excuse to talk about all things wind power!

And to celebrate Big Wind Day, what better way than to highlight some of Energy Central’s Big Wind Voices! See below for some of the biggest wind-related stories submitted to Energy Central in the past 12 months and perhaps you’ll be inspired to hold onto your hat and brave the winds yourself.

And, of course, if there are any Big Wind stories you think Energy Central is lacking, let us know in the comments. Or better yet, submit them yourself today!


Renewable energy investments swelling, oil & gas giants’ transition speeding up- Charley Rattan serves as a champion of wind energy on Energy Central, such as this example of how major oil and gas companies are embracing wind energy investments.

Denmark gest visionary about offshore wind and hydrogen- This contribution from Foresight highlights the successes that can and will be replicated from Denmark when it comes to building out offshore wind and even pairing it with hydrogen production.

Grid infrastructure, the great enabler of renewable energy—Kent Knutson highlights that building wind turbines isn’t enough, but the grid infrastructure to allow wind is much needed as well.

Utility-Scale Energy Storage: When Free Isn’t Cheap Enough- Charles Botsford highlights the role energy storage has to play in the growth of wind energy.

Batteries used as virtual power lines for more renewables- Elena Ocenic takes it a step further by discussing how the increased prevalence of wind energy on the grid will enable and empower a concept known as virtual power lines.


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