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October 27, 2010

Offshore Wind Energy Poised to Play a Vital Role in Future U.S. Energy Markets

A new report analyzes the current state of the offshore wind energy industry in the United States.

October 7, 2010

DOE Releases Comprehensive Report on Offshore Wind Power in the United States

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the release of a report from the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which comprehensively analyzes the key factors impacting the deployment of offshore wind power in the United States.

September 28, 2010

Explosion in Installed Wind Capacity Brings Big Benefits

Dave Loomis, Illinois State University Professor of Economics and Center for Renewable Energy Director, in an interview says, "We've grown to this point [more than 1800 megawatts of installed wind power capacity]so rapidly because there was unconstrained transmission resources available, but we're starting to bump up against resource constraints on the transmission grid. And so to really unlock more of that potential, we need more transmission to be built in pockets where it's really windy and we can connect those really windy areas with high demand areas such as Chicago."

September 10, 2010

NREL Releases Estimate of National Offshore Wind Energy Potential

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announces the release of a new report that assesses the electricity generating potential of offshore wind resources in the United States.

May 25, 2010

DOE to Invest $6 Million in Midsize Wind Turbine Technology Development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the availability of up to $6 million to advance midsize wind turbine technology in order to boost the speed and scale of midsize turbine deployment. DOE will provide the funding over two years to accelerate the development, testing, and commercialization of domestically manufactured, midsize wind turbines with rated generating capacities between 100 kilowatts and 1 megawatt.

May 20, 2010

NREL Study Shows Power Grid can Accommodate Large Increase in Wind and Solar Generation

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory today released an initial study assessing the operational impacts and economics of increased contributions from wind and solar energy producers on the power grid. The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study examines the benefits and challenges of integrating enough wind and solar energy capacity into the grid to produce 35 percent of its electricity by 2017. The study finds that this target is technically feasible and does not necessitate extensive additional infrastructure, but does require key changes to current operational practice. The results offer a first look at the issue of adding significant amount of variable renewable energy in the West and will help utilities across the region plan how to ramp up their production of renewable energy as they incorporate more wind and solar energy plants into the power grid.

May 20, 2010

Western Wind and Solar Integration Study

The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study investigates the operational impact of up to 35% energy penetration of wind, photovoltaics, and concentrating solar power on the power system operated by the WestConnect group of utilities in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

May 20, 2010

Western Wind and Solar Integration Study: Executive Summary

The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study investigates the operational impact of up to 35% energy penetration of wind, photovoltaics, and concentrating solar power on the power system operated by the WestConnect group of utilities in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

February 26, 2010

Department of Energy Releases New Estimates of Nation's Wind Energy Potential

New Wind Resource Assessment and Maps Available

January 20, 2010

Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study

The Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study examines the operational impact of up to 20-30% energy penetration of wind on the power system in the Eastern Interconnect of the United States.

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