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News Archives - 2012

September 25, 2012

Wind Energy Research Institutes Join Forces at the Inaugural Meeting of the North American Wind Energy Academy

The North American Wind Energy Academy held its inaugural meeting August 7-9, 2012, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The meeting drew 92 participants from 17 states and Canada, including 22 universities, eight commercial companies, and four government laboratories.

September 25, 2012

DOE Wind Program Funds University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Workforce Development Efforts: A Wind Powering America Success Story

The University of Wisconsin-Madison was awarded an Energy Department workforce development grant in July 2010 to develop a series of continuing education short courses focused on civil design and construction for wind energy power plants.

September 25, 2012

Pennsylvania Wind for Schools Project Celebrates its First Wind Turbine Installation and Welcomes Three New Host Schools

A cadre of teachers at the school is excited to use the data from the turbine for in-class activities.

September 5, 2012

NREL Selects Partners for New High Performance Computer Data Center

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected HP and Intel to provide a new energy-efficient high performance computer (HPC) system dedicated to energy systems integration, renewable energy research, and energy efficiency technologies. The new center will provide additional computing resources to support the breadth of research at NREL, leading to increased efficiency and lower costs for research into clean energy technologies including solar photovoltaics, wind energy, electric vehicles, buildings technologies, and renewable fuels.

September 5, 2012

Camden Hills Regional High School's WindPlanners: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

A group of 100 students over 8 years conducted research, secured school board permission and town permits, and raised $500,000 to install a wind turbine on their campus.

September 4, 2012

NREL Summer Interns Lap Up Lab Experience

Fifty-nine students from all around the United States do real research in real laboratories that generates real results.

August 28, 2012

Workforce Development Survey

BW Research is working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to conduct a study to understand the wind industry's workforce needs.

August 28, 2012

Web-Based Tool Updated to Aid in Evaluating Best Use of Incentive Dollars

Numerous policies, assumptions, wind turbine details, and user interface elements are now updated in the Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool.

August 28, 2012

Mapping Tool Helps Wind Energy Companies Screen Early for Critical Habitat, Potential Wildlife Impacts

In the Landscape Assessment Tool, users can now display Web-based maps drawn from more than 700 data layers.

August 14, 2012

Energy Report: U.S. Wind Energy Production and Manufacturing Surges, Supporting Jobs and Diversifying U.S. Energy Economy

WASHINGTON – The Energy Department released a new reportPDF today highlighting strong growth in the U.S. wind energy market in 2011, increasing the U.S. share of clean energy and supporting tens of thousands of jobs, and underscoring the importance of continued policy support and clean energy tax credits to ensure that the manufacturing and jobs associated with this booming global industry remain in America.

July 30, 2012

NREL Report: IEA Wind Task 26: The Past and Future Cost of Wind Energy, Work Package 2

This report, developed as part of the International Energy Agency Wind Implementing Agreement Task 26, titled "The Cost of Wind Energy," reviews historical costs, evaluates near-term market trends, reviews the methods used to estimate long-term cost trajectories, and summarizes the range of costs projected for onshore wind energy across an array of forward-looking studies and scenarios.

July 30, 2012

NREL Report: 2010 Cost of Wind Energy Review

This document provides a detailed description of NREL's levelized cost of wind energy equation, assumptions, and results in 2010.

February 14, 2012

Wind Powering America Updates Wind Maps Section on Website

New features include additional information and reorganization by market.

February 13, 2012

Renewable Energy for America Program Important, Beneficial Aspect of Farm Bill for Nation

The Renewable Energy for America Program provides grants and loan guarantees for a broad range of clean energy technologies including biomass, wind and solar, which helps farmers and rural small businesses cut their energy bills with new modern technology.

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