The terms "wind energy" or "wind power" describe the process by which the wind is used to generate mechanical power or electricity. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power. This mechanical power can be used for specific tasks (such as grinding grain or pumping water) or a generator can convert this mechanical power into electricity to power homes, businesses, schools, and the like.
In recent years there has been new interest in wind site testing, monitoring activities, and development on Utah public lands. The Cedar City and Fillmore Field Offices have each issued rights-of-way for wind site testing and monitoring, and recent inquiries for site testing and monitoring have been made in the Price and Monticello Field Offices. BLM Utah has one application for a wind farm and transmission line in Beaver and Millard Counties (see more).