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December 2, 2013

NREL and EPRI Actively Embrace Active Power Control Systems for Wind Power

The Second Workshop on Active Power Control (APC) cohosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Broomfield, Colorado, last May drew more than 60 industry experts from around the world to participate in a comprehensive discussion about the need for and impacts of active power controls from wind plants.

December 2, 2013

NREL Analysis Enables BOEM to Hold Its First Commercial Offshore Lease Sale in the United States

When the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) needed a process to delineate the bureau’s proposed offshore Wind Energy Areas (WEA) into auctionable leasing areas, the agency turned to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

December 2, 2013

NREL Researchers Assess Where to Gear Up U.S. Manufacturing and Supply Chain Capabilities for Advanced Drivetrain Technologies

To better understand the impact of advanced drivetrain technologies on the U.S. wind industry’s manufacturing and supply chains, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducted a study, An Assessment of U.S. Manufacturing Capability for Next-Generation Wind Turbine Drivetrains, for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The analysis involved a comprehensive literature review, industry expert interviews, and manufacturing facility tours to define possible areas of improvement and growth.

December 2, 2013

New NREL Modeling Tool Estimates Economic Benefits of Offshore Wind Plants

To help developers more readily estimate the economic benefits of offshore wind plants, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released a new version of the Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) modeling tool. The original tool was developed to estimate the economic impacts of constructing renewable power plants. The updated version allows users to better understand the potential regional economic impacts of offshore wind development.

December 2, 2013

NWTC and Industry Partners Design a Leading-Edge Drivetrain

The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)? along with CREE, DNV GL, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, GE Wind, Romax Technology, and Vattenfall Windpower?are developing an innovative, medium-speed, medium-voltage wind turbine drivetrain design. Tapping into unparalleled expertise, the team created a drivetrain that can increase reliability, decrease mass, improve efficiency, and reduce the cost of wind energy. In addition, the drivetrain design can scale up to ratings as high as 10 megawatts (MW) while maintaining the lowest possible cost of energy.

December 2, 2013

Global Wind Ambassador Visits the National Wind Technology Center

Steve Sawyer has been a pillar of the environment and energy field since 1978, with a focus on climate change and renewable energy since 1988. His awareness of the cost of energy and its impacts began when he was 16. By perusing the family utility bill, Sawyer started to question certain charges requiring ratepayers to help pay for a new power plant in a neighboring town. It was that inquisitiveness?and ongoing concern for the environment?that would lead him to one day become a global ambassador for the renewable wind energy industry.

November 19, 2013

New Wind Turbine Dynamometer Test Facility Dedicated at NREL

Today, the Energy Department (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) dedicated a new 5-megawatt (MW) Dynamometer Test Facility at NREL’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). The $20 million facility enables NREL to work closely with industry engineers to enhance the drive trains and other electrical systems in the country’s largest land based wind turbines.

October 30, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program Initiates Regional Resource Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified organizations to partner with DOE and NREL in facilitating collaboration and best practices in regional stakeholder engagement.

October 14, 2013

The Evolution of a Wind Expert

From her first role at NREL conducting field experiments and collecting data to becoming an internationally recognized expert in wind engineering and cost analysis, Maureen Hand’s journey has been one of acquiring knowledge, critical thinking, and looking forward.

October 11, 2013

NWTC Wind Researcher’s Article Named in “Top 25” List by ScienceDirect

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) post-doctoral researchers have a reputation for doing some incredible, high-caliber work. One name in particular has been circulating around the research world like wildfire: Yi Guo.

September 24, 2013

NREL Calculates Emissions and Costs of Power Plant Cycling Necessary for Increased Wind and Solar in the West

New research from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifies the potential impacts of increasing wind and solar power generation on the operators of fossil-fueled power plants in the West. To accommodate higher amounts of wind and solar power on the electric grid, utilities must ramp down and ramp up or stop and start conventional generators more frequently to provide reliable power for their customers – a practice called cycling.

September 18, 2013

Energy Secretary Dedicates ESIF at NREL

A more resilient, cleaner, integrated system crucial for America's future, says Secretary Moniz.

August 26, 2013

Wind for Schools Project Funding Case Studies

This case study look at the project funding model for Thomas Harrison Middle School in Virginia.

August 21, 2013

U.S. DOE Releases First Market Report Focusing on Distributed Wind

Alice Orrell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory energy analyst, talks about what distributed wind energy is and why it's important in the United States.

August 15, 2013

USDA Announces Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

Projects will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs, use renewable energy technologies in their operations, and conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects.

August 12, 2013

Re-Powering a Wind Farm: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Neil Habig, senior developer at Iberdrola Renewables; Don Bain, president of Aeropower Services; and Mark Jacobson, senior project leader at NREL and former director of business development at Invenergy LLC share the following lessons learned regarding the re-powering of wind farms.

August 12, 2013

New Reports Provide Economic Analyses of Potential Wind Development in Utah

Researchers at Utah State University's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business have published a series of reports that provide an overview of Utah's potential for wind energy development used for electricity generation as well as an economic analysis of this potential development.

August 6, 2013

Wind Powering America – A Credible Source for Information

The goal of the Wind Powering America (WPA) initiative, established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1999, was to facilitate a rapid increase in U.S. wind power capacity by engaging in activities that address barriers to deployment on national, regional, and state levels. For more than a decade, the WPA team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) worked with industry members and regional stakeholder groups to help DOE achieve its WPA goal, focusing its efforts on states with good wind resource potential but little wind energy deployment. On a state level, team members worked with community members to form wind working groups, providing technical support and objective information on wind energy policy, siting, environmental effects and the economic benefits of wind development.

July 29, 2013

Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker Tool Facilitates State Energy Legislation Research

Colorado State University's Center for the New Energy Economy and the Advanced Energy Economy Institute published the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker, a free online tool that allows users to easily research state energy legislation.

July 22, 2013

Analyzing Economic Development Through Wind Power

Eric Lantz talks about the economic opportunities of using Wyoming's wind power in Colorado and the ways that wind power could help the manufacturing industry.

July 9, 2013

XZERES Acquires Southwest Windpower's Skystream Product Line

XZERES Corporation, a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of small wind turbines, has acquired the assets of Southwest Windpower.

July 3, 2013

Collaborate and Share Knowledge at the North American Wind Energy Academy Symposium

The purpose of NAWEA’s symposium is to bring together industry, academia, and research institution stakeholders to engage in an open forum dialogue about wind energy technologies and high penetration of those technologies throughout the U.S. electricity sector.

July 1, 2013

KidWind Project and Wind Education in the Classroom: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Dan Whisler, a 29-year environmental science instructor at Sterling High School in Kansas, and Michael Arquin, director of the KidWind Project, share their lessons learned for anyone interested in bringing wind energy education to a school.

June 25, 2013

President Obama Unveils Climate Action Plan

On June 25, President Obama presented his Climate Action Plan, a blueprint for steady, responsible national and international action to slow the effects of climate change.

June 17, 2013

Small Wind Site Assessment: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Author Frank Oteri compiled the following lessons learned from recent interviews he conducted with small wind turbine installers and developers regarding site assessments.

June 12, 2013

Wind Power Development's Economic Impact on Rural Communities

Jason Brown, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank economist, discusses their new study on the effects of wind power development on county-level income and employment in 12 states.

June 3, 2013

DOE Releases Wind Powering America Impact Study

DOE released an independent review of Wind Powering America that assessed the impacts of the WPA activity both in general and in the states where the initiative was active.

June 3, 2013

University of Maine Launches First U.S. Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine

DOE has recognized the nation's first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine prototype off the coast of Castine, Maine.

May 21, 2013

Wind Powering America Hosts 12th Annual All-States Summit: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Presenters at Wind Powering America's Annual All-States Summit focused on wind energy in a troubled market, discussing how the current uncertainty in the market regarding energy costs, renewable energy policy, and climate debate are impacting the wind market.

May 20, 2013

Baring-Gould Receives Champion Award from Women of Wind Energy

The award honors "an individual who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women in the field of renewable energy…as well as advocating for workplace practices that support women in a manner that fosters a path forward."

April 11, 2013

DOE and NREL Announce Inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition Teams

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are pleased to announce the teams selected to take part in the inaugural DOE Collegiate Wind Competition.

April 8, 2013

Sen. Udall Experiences View from the Top During Stop at NWTC

U.S. Senator Mark Udall and NREL Director Dan Arvizu got an up-close look at the type of technology available at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) when they climbed 80m up to the nacelle of a Siemens 2.3 MW, 101-meter diameter wind turbine late last month.

April 8, 2013

New U.S. Offshore Wind Supply Chain Development Resources Available

The U.S. Department of Energy funded the State-Specific Offshore Wind Supply Chain Opportunities site, which analyzes supply chain development opportunities in 24 coastal states.

April 8, 2013

Developing Wind Energy Projects in Alaska: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Rich Stromberg, wind program manager for the Alaska Energy Authority, shares lessons learned from wind development in his state.

April 8, 2013

Senator Introduces Legislation to Fund Nebraska Wind for Schools Project

Nebraska Senator Ken Haar introduced a bill that would appropriate $50,000 annually in fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15 to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents for the Nebraska Wind Applications Center in Lincoln.

March 25, 2013

U.S. Virgin Islands Begins Collecting Wind Resource Data: A Wind Powering America Success Story

With technical assistance from the U.S Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Office is preparing to develop the territory's first commercial wind farm.

March 25, 2013

Milestone Cleared for Offshore Wind Energy Research Lease in Virginia

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced an important step toward issuing a wind energy research lease to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Mines Minerals and Energy.

March 22, 2013

DOE Kicks Off Inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently issued a request for proposals to participate in DOE's inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition.

March 22, 2013

Shedding Light on Offshore Wind Resources

The Chesapeake Bay light tower, which is located offshore approximately 13 miles east of Virginia near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, is being considered for use as a Reference Facility for Offshore Renewable Energy.

March 22, 2013

Minimal Impacts Could Mean More Deployment for Wind and Solar

The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study, one of the largest regional wind and solar integration studies to date, found no technical barriers to the integration of high penetrations of wind and solar power if certain operational changes could be made.

March 22, 2013

NREL Study Finds Barotrauma Not Guilty

According to a recent National Renewable Energy Laboratory study, it appears unlikely that the pressure changes around operating wind turbine blades are large enough to cause fatal barotrauma.

March 22, 2013

NREL's System Advisor Model: New Features Improved Capabilities

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's System Advisor Model includes dynamic new features for modeling wind, photovoltaic, concentrating solar power, geothermal, and biopower systems.

March 22, 2013

NREL's Wind Technology Patents Boost Efficiency and Lower Costs

Wind energy research conducted during the last decade has earned NREL two patents, one for adaptive pitch control and one for a resonance blade test system that will ultimately help its industry partners increase the efficiency of wind technologies and reduce the cost of wind energy.

March 14, 2013

Wind Applications Center Valuable Resource for Wind for Schools Partners

Wind Applications Center Director Jerry Hudgins discusses the Nebraska-based center's successes and challenges.

March 11, 2013

Case Study: Burke Mountain Wind Turbine, East Burke, Vermont

The Burke Mountain ski area operates on 270 acres of mountain terrain and is home to the Burke Mountain Academy. As part of the ski area's environmental sustainability efforts, the resort's owners installed a 100-kilowatt Northwind 100 wind turbine in October 2011.

February 28, 2013

Wind for Schools Program Impacting Nation's Renewable Energy Future

Program Consultant Dan McGuire talks about the projects in the Nebraska Wind for Schools Program, the goals of the program, and the importance of Wind for Schools programs for Nebraska and the nation.

February 25, 2013

Providing Incentives to Help Grow Small Wind: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Wind Powering America asked Mark Mayhew, small wind program manager for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, to share lessons learned while managing the small wind incentive program in his state (with a $3 million per year budget).

February 25, 2013

Last Call: Illinois Wind for Schools Program Accepting Applications

Three to five middle and/or high schools are selected each academic year as Illinois Wind for Schools program partners for intensive support through on-site teacher training and classroom resources.

February 25, 2013

Xcel Energy Small Wind Funding Available in Minnesota, Wisconsin

Small wind projects and performance testing of innovative wind technology are eligible for this funding.

February 21, 2013

Energy Department Honors South Dakota and Alaska Electric Cooperatives with 2012 Wind Cooperative of the Year Awards

The Energy Department recognized the East River Electric Power Cooperative of South Dakota and the Golden Valley Electric Association of Alaska for their leadership in wind power.

February 13, 2013

2013 Public Power Wind Award Nominations

The award will honor one public power utility for its leadership in wind power.

February 11, 2013

White Earth Nation Installs Turbines: A Wind Powering America Success Story

The White Earth Nation recently completed the installation of two small wind turbines that will help offset energy costs for Minnesota's largest and most populous Native American reservation.

January 30, 2013

Responses Posted to DOE Inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition RFP Questions

The RFP and responses to technical questions (Amendment 1) are available on the Federal Business Opportunities website, solicitation number RFC-3-23003. The deadline is February 19 at 5 p.m. Mountain Time.

January 29, 2013

Kansas State University Videos Explore Wind Energy

The video, "Students Learn that Speed Doesn't Always Equal Power" documents how wind turbines produce energy. "The Power Behind Wind Farms" explains how fast wind turbine blades can spin and what's inside of those turbines

January 28, 2013

Wind for Schools Project Enters 2013 with 124 Turbine Installations and Lessons to Share: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Forty-six attendees representing the 11 official Wind for Schools states and various stakeholders met to discuss ways to further improve the Wind for Schools network in the established states and to increase the overall impact of the program.

January 28, 2013

Landing a Job in the Wind Industry: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Wind Powering America interviewed Marilla Lamb, a 2012 Northern Arizona University (NAU) graduate with a B.S. in environmental engineering, about her work with the Arizona Wind for Schools project while attending NAU and how she found a job in the wind energy industry.

January 26, 2013

Lakewood High School Wins Colorado Science Bowl

Students from Lakewood High School Team 1 won the Colorado High School Science Bowl today. They will go on to the 23rd National Science Bowl in Washington D.C., Apr. 25-29, where they will compete for the national title against more than 400 students from 70 high schools.

January 25, 2013

Wind Energy PTC Extension Essential, Beneficial for Rural America, Entire U.S.

Environmental Law and Policy Center Executive Director Howard Learner discusses the wind power Production Tax Credit that was extended by Congress on January 1, 2013.

January 14, 2013

State Regulatory and Legislative Updates

During the 2012 legislative session, the region's state legislatures took on issues important to wind power spanning siting reform, renewable energy procurement, net metering, and reform of existing program targets.

January 14, 2013

Wind Project Development Updates

As a result of the uncertainty caused by the delay in federal incentives for wind power, developers of commercial-scale wind farms throughout the region focused on pushing a number of large projects across the finish line, while slowing their investment in longer-term projects.

January 14, 2013

Towns throughout New England Acting to Exert Local Control over Wind Siting

The towns' activities span a wide range of issues, including sound and setback requirements, and have included new ordinances, zoning regulations or bylaws, and temporary moratoriums.

January 14, 2013

Wind Energy and Public Health: Research, Discussion, and the Future

As wind energy has become more prevalent throughout New England, one of the issues attracting the most attention as new projects are built in the region is wind turbines' impact on public health.

January 14, 2013

New England Offshore Wind Advances on Several Fronts

At the end of 2012, New England's first two offshore wind projects, Cape Wind and the Block Island Wind Farm, each moved steps closer to fruition.

January 14, 2013

ISO New England Updates

Regional system operator ISO New England (ISO-NE) is working on a series of wholesale market reforms that pertain to or impact wind power in New England.

January 14, 2013

New England Wind Energy Education Project Conference and Webinar Materials Available Online

By collecting and disseminating accurate, objective, up-to-date information on critical wind energy issues impacting market acceptance of the hundreds of land-based and offshore wind development projects proposed in the region, NEWEEP sought to support good decision-making based on good information.

January 14, 2013

New England Wind Forum Helps You Follow Wind-Related Events

A sampling of three organizations hosting recurring events.

January 14, 2013

New England Interview: Stephan Wollenburg, Green Energy Program Director of Energy Consumers Alliance of New England

Mr. Wollenburg discusses how ECANE members' long-term commitments help support the development and financing of local wind projects, and the importance and viability of community-scale wind projects in New England.

January 14, 2013

Small Wind Guidebook Now Available in OpenEI

This guide and the state-specific versions are some of the most successful communications products ever produced by Wind Powering America, with tens of thousands of copies printed and downloaded.

January 14, 2013

New England Wind Forum Publishes Newsletter, Website Updates

This issue features state regulatory and legislative updates; wind project development updates; ISO New England updates; events; an interview with Stephan Wollenburg, Green Energy Program Director of Energy Consumers Alliance of New England; and more.

January 8, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy, Wind Program Initiates Inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition

The competition is a forum for students to investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building, and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers.

January 8, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy, Wind Program Initiates Inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition

The National Collegiate Wind Competition is a forum for undergraduate college students of multiple disciplines to investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building, and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers. Successful teams will gain and then demonstrate knowledge of technology, finance, accounting, management, and marketing, providing lifelong technical and business skills.

January 2, 2013

Fabric-Covered Blades Could Make Wind Turbines Cheaper and More Efficient

A new design that calls for wrapping architectural fabric around metal wind turbine blades—instead of the traditional fiberglass—could be the latest revolution in dramatically reducing the cost of wind-produced power.

January 1, 2013

Production Tax Credit Extended by Congress

The Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credits (ITC) will be extended until January 1, 2014 under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed by Congress on January 1, 2013.


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