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How a Wind Turbine Generates Electricity
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OG&E's collection of computer-controlled turbines, manufactured by General Electric Co., features blades made of multiple layers of composite fiberglass and epoxy. Operating in winds ranging from 7 to 55 mph, the turbine offers peak performance at 25 to 55 mph (for maximum safety, turbines automatically shut down in winds exceeding 55 mph).

A shaft extending from the three rotating blades drives the generator, converting mechanical motion into electric power. Electricity flows through high-capacity cables to a nearby substation, where voltage is stepped up and delivered to the OG&E power grid.

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