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News Archives - 2011

December 9, 2011

Saving Farmland One Wind Energy Project at a Time

Rich VanderVeen, president of Mackinaw Power, LLC in Michigan talks about wind power being an important wealth-building second crop for American farmers.

November 22, 2011

New Database Assists with Wind Project Siting

November 2, 2011

Wind Energy Has A Lot Riding on Programs up for Debate in Congress

Lisa Daniels, Windustry executive director, talks about how wind energy has become a farm product and that clean energy program funding decisions are being made that will affect farm energy progress for years to come.

October 25, 2011

Wind Powering America Updates Interactive Maps

The school wind energy projects map features 291 projects, and the anemometer loan projects map features 45 projects.

October 25, 2011

Department of Energy Finalizes $169 Million Loan Guarantee to Granite Reliable Power: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Thanks to the funding, New Hampshire's Granite Reliable Power Wind Project is approaching completion and will boost the capacity of wind energy produced by the state from 25.5 megawatts (MW) to 124.5 MW.

October 19, 2011

Offshore Wind Development and Industry Update: A WPA Webinar

Speakers provided an overview of the DOE Wind Program activities and reported on the recently amounted wind FOA awards to spur offshore wind development. In addition, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's regulatory activities were discussed, providing an update on permitting guidelines.

September 27, 2011

Wind Powering America Welcomes New DOE Program Lead Jonathan Bartlett

Jonathan Bartlett will assume the role of Wind Powering America's National Technical Director.

September 8, 2011

Department of Energy Awards $43 Million to Spur Offshore Wind Energy

Forty-one projects across 20 states will advance wind turbine design tools and hardware, improve information about U.S. offshore wind resources, and accelerate the deployment of offshore wind.

September 1, 2011

Studies Prove the Economic Boost that Comes from Wind Energy Development

NREL energy analyst discusses the number of jobs created and economic development that comes with the development and operation of wind power.

August 19, 2011

Job and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Model

The Job and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) model is a series of input-output models that can be used to calculate economic impacts from wind, coal, or natural gas power generation projects.

August 10, 2011

MISO Furthers Wind Integration into Market

Renewable energy resources can participate fully in MISO's economic dispatch.

August 9, 2011

Small Wind News from IREC

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides news about small wind.

July 18, 2011

Wind Powering America Updates Map of Community Colleges Offering Wind Energy Programs

The map currently identifies more than 100 education programs across the United States.

May 22, 2011

DOE Wind Energy Program Newsletter Debuts at AWEA's WINDPOWER Conference

The first edition of the DOE Wind Program's Research & Development (R&D) Newsletter was sent live in time for AWEA's WINDPOWER Conference in Anaheim, California, May 23 - 25.

May 13, 2011

Where Does Small Scale Wind Development Fit in the Bigger Wind Energy Picture?

In this final segment of a three-part series, Forsyth discusses community wind projects.

May 10, 2011

Wind Powering America National Coordinator Michele DesAutels Completes Bureau of Land Management Assignment, Returns to DOE

During her assignment, Michele gained greater insight into the siting challenges that developers and government agencies face.

May 10, 2011

Charles Newcomb Rejoins the Wind Powering America Team

In 2006, Charles joined the private sector to seek a deeper understanding of deployment barriers at the ground level. Charles returns to the Wind Powering America mission renewed and more in tune with the unique barriers (and strategies for working with those barriers) to wind energy deployment.

May 3, 2011

New 80-m Wind Resource Maps Available for Alaska, Hawaii, and the United States

Updated wind resource potential tables and charts are also available.

April 26, 2011

NREL and Alstom Celebrate Wind Turbine Installation

Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with officials from Alstom, today commemorated the successful installation and full capacity operation of a 3 megawatt Alstom ECO 100 wind turbine at NREL's National Wind Technology Center. This event signifies a crucial step forward in the long-term, collaborative research and development agreement between NREL and Alstom, which launched in May of 2010.

April 26, 2011

How to Bring Distributed Wind to the Home, Farm, or Business

In this second interview of a three-part series, Forsyth covers additional small wind turbine basics, including rooftop wind turbines, turbine maintenance, and information sources. The upcoming final segment will include a discussion of community wind projects.

April 6, 2011

IEA Wind Report

NREL analysts Paul Schwabe and Maureen Hand, along with Sander Lensink of Energy Research Center of the Netherlands, recently published the report "IEA Wind Task 26 --- Multi-national Case Study of the Financial Cost of Wind Energy; Work Package 1 Final Report."

March 23, 2011

NREL Announces Partnership Opportunity for Multimegawatt Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its first call for proposals from wind industry companies interested in forming a partnership with NREL to test a multimegawatt wind turbine drivetrain. The drivetrain will be tested in NREL's new 5 megawatt drivetrain test facility, which is scheduled for completion by the end of June 2012.

March 21, 2011

NREL Signs Contract with Romax for New 5-MW Wind Turbine Drivetrain Test Facility

NREL/Romax contract is part a $10 million dynamometer construction project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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