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New microwind innovations could make wind-sourced energy a more common sight across the United States. For instance, a gearless, low-speed design from a Michigan startup called WindTronics is helping to open the door for wind turbines in the toughest of markets: urban areas with their tangle of zoning regulations. Hawaii-based startup Humdinger Wind Energy is taking a different direction by harnessing wind energy using a stretched membrane. Combined with federal incentives and an outgrowth of wind-friendly local and state laws, microwind’s future is looking brighter, rather windier, indeed.