Wind power captures the natural wind in our atmosphere and converts it into mechanical energy then electricity. People started using wind power centuries ago with windmills, which pumped water, ground grain, and did other work. Today's wind turbine is a highly evolved version of a windmill. Modern wind turbines harness the kinetic energy from wind and convert it into electricity. Most wind turbines have three blades and sit atop a steel tubular tower. They range in size from 80-foot-tall turbines that can power a single home, to utility-scale turbines that are over 400 feet tall and power hundreds of homes.