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Wind Energy for the Rest of Us: A Comprehensive Guide to Wind Power and How to Use It

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us straddles two—or more—worlds. The book is about wind energy. It’s not just about small wind turbines. It’s not just about large wind turbines. It’s about the depth and breadth of wind energy, encompassing more than either type of wind turbine. It includes water-pumping windmills and sailing ships. It’s a sprawling book, one minute discussing how to install small wind turbines safely, the next explaining how farmers in Indiana can earn millions of dollars in revenue by installing their own multimegawatt wind turbines. It’s a book hard to categorize. That suits Gipe. He likes to think he’s hard to categorize after four decades in renewable energy. His book tells the story of modern wind energy in all its complexity and introduces electricity rebels to a North American audience for the first time--the trailblazers who have launched a renewable energy revolution in Europe.

The book debunks novel wind turbines their promoters claim will generate electricity “too cheap to meter,” and rebukes revisionist historians who falsely argue that it was the aerospace industry that delivered today’s modern wind turbines.


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Gipe explains why new wind turbines are part of a silent revolution that is changing the way we use wind energy. This revolution doesn’t garner headlines, but is making wind turbines more cost-effective in more places than ever before, lessening the need for new transmission lines, obviating the need for storage, and fueling rapid growth.

Gipe refutes many common myths surrounding wind energy and argues persuasively that wind turbines are productive, effective, and environmentally sound. He argues that wind energy is too important to be left to electric utilities and their subsidiaries alone. Wind energy is also for the rest of us, he says. It is our resource. We can develop it and we can own it--ourselves.

Bibliographic Data

Gipe, Paul. Wind Energy for the Rest of Us: A Comprehensive Guide to Wind Power and How to Use It. Bakersfield, California: wind-works.org, 2016. 560 pages. ISBN: 978-0-9974518-1-8.

8 x 10 x 1 inch

2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)

428 Illustrations

118 Tables

Includes bibliographic references and index.

Library of Congress Control Number: 2016912305

621.31’2136—dc22

Retail price: $65 USD

Kudos for Gipe’s Wind Energy from the Poul la Cour Foundation

February 2, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The current newsletter of the Poul la Cour Foundation offers kudos for the new book by Paul Gipe, Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. [more]

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The Book for Wind Geeks: Wind Energy for the Rest of Us Digital Edition

January 26, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The digital version of Wind Energy for the Rest of Us is now available for download. This is the version of the book for true wind geeks as it offers photographic detail not seen any other way.[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Bare Breasts and Windmills—Oh, My!

January 2, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Fans of my work with wind energy have often joked that my books would have a larger audience if they had some sex in them--or at least a bare breast.[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

Gipe’s New Wind Book Making the Rounds

December 6, 2016,  

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, Paul Gipe’s new book on wind energy is finally hitting the streets. Complimentary copies of the 560-page tome are reaching the first group of colleagues and reviewers...[more]

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We Have Books--Wind Energy for the Rest of Us Now Available

November 23, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

More correctly, the Chelsea Green warehouse has books. They arrived 9 November all 2,150 copies. [more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Gipe Named to Prestigious Energy Watch Group

November 17, 2016,  

Paul Gipe has been named to the Energy Watch Group, one of only two North Americans on the prestigious panel. He joins Stanford academic Mark Jacobson, internationally known for his work on moving to...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, Renewable Energy, News on Wind Energy

We Have a Ship Date--Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

November 2, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Ok, we did have a previous ship date. Printed copies of Wind Energy for the Rest of Us were to arrive in the warehouse at the end of October. Obviously, that didn’t happen--and for good reason. I...[more]

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Wind Opus A Step Closer to Completion: Contract for Printing

September 27, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Who knew that printing a book would be so complicated? Yes, writing, designing, and editing a book are difficult. That’s expected. But picking out paper weights?[more]

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Library of Congress Number Assigned to Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

July 28, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The Library of Congress has assigned the Control Number 2016912305 for the title. The process isn’t complete until a printed copy of the book is received by the Library of Congress. We don’t expect...[more]

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Proofread Book Returned to Designer for Final Changes

June 20, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The proofreader dropped the marked up manuscript in my lap the Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend—all 550 pages of Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. [more]

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Wind Energy for the Rest of Us First Page Proofs

May 9, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The good news is that with a smaller font size and tighter leading (the space between lines) than in my previous books, Holm has been able to substantially reduce the number of printed pages from...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews, News on Large Wind, Small Wind folder

Denmark's Agricco: History’s First Interconnected Wind Turbine

April 14, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

In 1919 the utility installed a wind turbine at Buddinge and connected it to its lines—a first worldwide, a full two decades before the Smith-Putnam machine in Vermont was connected to the grid.[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Grid Integration, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

Buchenwald’s Liberation and What It Says about the Development of Wind Energy

April 11, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Today marks the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945 by the 6th armored division of the US Third Army. Buchenwald is significant for several reasons. 56,000 people died in the...[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, News on Large Wind

Assigned ISBNs to Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

March 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Big step in the long road to publishing my new book: Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. Today I assigned the ISBN numbers to the digital and print version. Each version of the book has its own distinct...[more]

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Everything You Need to Know about Wind Energy Was Written in 1957!

March 21, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

In the research for my new book, Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, I came across several unsung heroes of wind energy development. One of those was French engineer Louis Vadot.[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

Was Anderson’s Miller First with Pitchable Blade Tips for Wind Turbines?

March 14, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Miller is practically unknown among historians for his contribution to wind energy technology. He could be an unsung Hoosier hero for his invention of the pitchable blade tip.[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

French Water-Pumping Windmills and Éolienne Bollée

March 14, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

In the research for my forthcoming book, Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, I came across a lot of intriguing information about the development of wind energy. While fascinating, much of it is too far...[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

Charles Miller’s Four Blade Turbine of 1926: Indiana's Contribution to Wind Energy History

March 10, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Miller was an inveterate inventor and the Madison County (Indiana) Historical Society has an exhibited devoted to his work. It was here that I first saw a clipping of his wind turbine.[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us: A Comprehensive Guide to Wind Power and How to Use It

January 21, 2016,  

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us by Paul Gipe straddles two—or more—worlds. The book is about wind energy. It’s not just about small wind turbines. It’s not just about large wind turbines. It’s about...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews, News on Large Wind, Small Wind folder

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