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Title: Wind Energy in the U.S.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the PBS Science Cafe held January 28, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM, United States.
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United States

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Paquette, Joshua. Wind Energy in the U.S.. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Paquette, Joshua. Wind Energy in the U.S.. United States.
Paquette, Joshua. Thu . "Wind Energy in the U.S.". United States. doi:.
title = {Wind Energy in the U.S.},
author = {Paquette, Joshua},
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year = {Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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