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December 30, 2011

Hawai'i Interactive Maps Website Showcases Renewable Energy Projects

NREL worked with the state's Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism to develop an interactive maps website that highlights more than 40 clean energy projects.

December 30, 2011

Largest Wind Farm in Alaska Moving Forward

The 11-turbine, commercial-scale wind farm now under construction on Fire Island—three miles west of Anchorage, Alaska—is the product of many organizations' efforts, including the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NREL.

December 30, 2011

St. Thomas Airport Installs Largest Solar Project in U.S. Virgin Islands

Solar energy is making its mark in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), as evidenced by the large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas.

December 21, 2011

Wind and Wildlife Interactions: A WPA Webinar

This webinar provided an overview of wind turbine and wildlife issues, including a summary of research plans by the American Wind and Wildlife Institute, an update of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wind regulations, and bat/wind turbine interactions.

December 20, 2011

Thermal Energy Storage Included in California Power Purchase Agreements

The value of thermal energy storage in concentrating solar power plants has become obvious?so much so that BrightSource Energy, Inc. and Southern California Edison have rewritten some power purchase agreements to include thermal energy storage in plans for three solar power tower plants.

December 20, 2011

Arizona Wind for Schools Team Installs Turbine at Northern Arizona University

The wind turbine will provide power to Northern Arizona University's (NAU's) Applied Research and Development building and the turbine data will be used in NAU classes and by K-12 schools across the state.

December 19, 2011

Cross Island Farms Enjoys a Renewable Energy Harvest: A Wind Powering America Success Story

The farm's owners have enjoyed their second consecutive month of being credited kilowatt-hours of electricity from their local utility. Projects like this demonstrate how distributed renewables can work in a real-life application.

December 15, 2011

U.S. Small Wind Market Report: 144,000 Turbines Deployed: Community and Small Wind Webinar Series

A webinar examining the market for clean, affordable, homegrown wind energy and recent growth in sales, capacity, and incentives for small wind turbines (up to 100 kW) powering homes, farms, and businesses.

December 14, 2011

Wind Power Economics: Past, Present, and Future Trends: A WPA Webinar

This webinar featured three related presentations that explore historical trends and provide insight on what the future may hold.

December 13, 2011

NREL Adds Electric Vehicle to its Advanced Vehicle Fleet

NREL will use the new electric vehicle for studies related to charge management and performance, bi-directional charging, and electric vehicle grid integration.

December 12, 2011

Energy Department Awards More Than $7 Million for Innovative Hydrogen Storage Technologies in Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

These projects will help lower the costs and increase the performance of hydrogen storage systems by developing innovative materials and advanced tanks for efficient and safe transportation.

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.

December 6, 2011

Thermal Energy Storage in CSP Plants Could Boost Penetration of Solar, Wind Power

The ability of concentrating solar power plants with thermal energy storage to provide power on a continual and flexible basis may be key to helping all types of solar and wind power to penetrate the grid. That's one conclusion of a new report published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

December 6, 2011

DOE Launches Comprehensive Hydrogen Storage Materials Clearinghouse

Free access resource aims to accelerate advanced materials research and development

December 6, 2011

Update: U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program Funding Awards

In May 2009, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the selection of 53 new wind energy projects for up to $8.5 million in funding. Project updates are available.

December 6, 2011

Atlantic Wind Energy Workshop Report, Presentations Available

A report and presentations from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Atlantic Wind Energy Workshop are now available.

December 2, 2011

Fuel Cell Lift Trucks: A Grocer's Best Friend

Working in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, DOE has been analyzing the performance of fuel cell lift trucks at grocery distributors around the country.

December 2, 2011

DOE and Partners to Host Webinar December 7: Fuel Cells and Telecom–Reports from the Field

The webinar will focus on fuel cell applications for primary or backup power for telecommications switch nodes, cell towers, and other electronic systems that benefit from onsite power.

November 21, 2011

Fire Island Wind Project Approved: A Wind Powering America Success Story

With a current statewide wind energy capacity of approximately 10 megawatts, Alaska will soon more than double its wind energy production thanks to a power purchase agreement signed in October.

November 7, 2011

Interior Releases Updated Solar Energy Development Roadmap

The U.S. Department of the Interior has released an updated plan for solar energy development in six western states. DOE helped develop the original plan.

November 7, 2011

DOE Tribal Energy Program Seeks Native American Students for 2012 Summer Internships

The Department of Energy's Tribal Energy Program seeks current college upperclassmen and graduate students for summer 2012 internships at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

November 7, 2011

U.S. Solar Jobs Census: 6.8% Annual Growth, More to Come

A report from the Solar Foundation says job numbers in the solar energy field continue to rise, and indicates further growth in the workforce in 2012.

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 31, 2011

Establishing a Community College Wind Energy and Turbine Technology Program: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

Iowa Lakes Community College is one of the first colleges to earn the AWEA Seal of Approval for wind turbine technician training programs. Wind Powering America interviewed the director of the program and his team about lessons learned while developing their innovative program.

October 31, 2011

Department of Energy To Invest $60 Million To Develop Innovative CSP Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy, through its SunShot initiative, will be investing $6 million in research to enable performance breakthroughs in concentrating solar power. Industry, universities, and national laboratories are encouraged to apply for the funding, and must submit a pre-application by November 22, 2011. The effort aims to encourage rapid, widespread adoption of solar energy systems across the country, help the solar power industry overcome technical barriers, reduce costs, boost U.S. competitiveness in the worldwide market for solar technologies, and provide support for clean energy jobs for years to come.

October 25, 2011

Eudora High School Video Club Produces Time-Lapse Video of Turbine Installation

The school is participating in Wind Powering America's Wind for Schools project, which is administered by Kansas State University's Wind Applications Center.

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

Southern Appalachian Regional Wind Energy Institute Meeting Presentations Available

Presentations, photos, and a video are available.

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 20, 2011

The Industry Growth Forum's Partnership Accelerator

Plan to attend the Partnership Accelerator portion of NREL's Industry Growth Forum on November 10, 2011.

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.

October 13, 2011

2011 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report Posted

Each year, hydrogen and fuel cell projects funded by the program are reviewed for their merit. The report summarizes the comments of the Peer Review Panel at the 2011 meeting.

October 12, 2011

Farmers and Ranchers Can Learn How to Put Wind to Work for Them

Lisa Daniels, Windustry executive director, talks about the Community Wind Across America conferences. With support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Windustry has been bringing practical "how to" information on community and small wind to every region of the country.

October 11, 2011

DOE Finalizes $737 Million Loan Guarantee to Tonopah Solar Energy For Nevada Project

The U.S. Department of Energy has finalized a $737 million loan guarantee for an innovative concentrating solar power project that will feature the tallest molten salt tower in the world. Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC, is developing the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, a 110-megawatt facility that will use molten salt as the primary heat transfer and storage medium. Located in Nevada on land leased from the Bureau of Land Management, the company anticipates the facility will fund 600 construction jobs and 45 permanent jobs.

October 11, 2011

Northeast Community College in Nebraska Installs Turbine

The turbine installation is part of an ongoing effort to grow the wind energy program at Northeast, which was recently expanded and now offers a 2-year associate degree.

October 11, 2011

Nationwide Utility Rates Available on OpenEI

The database built on a wiki platform that is maintained at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has more than 470 rates. Users can view, edit, and add new electric utility rates.

October 11, 2011

Arizona Wind for Schools Team Installs Two Turbines

Middle school students will perform engineering activities and learn about wildlife and siting concepts with the support of staff and university students from Northern Arizona University's Wind for Schools project team.

October 3, 2011

NREL Issues RFI on Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility Services and Capabilities

NREL seeks feedback from industry, academia, and other stakeholders on methods of working with the Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility (IBRF).

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 27, 2011

Webinars to Showcase Landmark Survey of Global Grid Operators Conducted for United States Department of Energy

Alstom has announced a series of webinars on October 6 and 7, 2011 to present findings from a comprehensive study into challenges and best practices associated with integrating variable renewable energy sources into global power grids.

September 27, 2011

Kansas Wind for Schools Team Receives USDA Funding for Four Turbine Installations: A Wind Powering America Success Story

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kansas announced last week that four Kansas school districts will each receive $5,000 in funding to install a wind turbine to educate students on the importance of wind as an alternative energy source and to promote rural jobs for the future.

September 26, 2011

Analysis Tool Generates Custom Vehicle Drive Cycles Based on Real-World Data

The new Drive-Cycle Rapid Investigation, Visualization, and Evaluation (DRIVE) tool uses global positioning system and controller area network data to produce custom vehicle test drive cycles based on real-world activity, analyzing thousands of hours of data in a matter of minutes.

September 23, 2011

Department of Energy Finalizes $169 Million Loan Guarantee to Granite Reliable Power

The loan guarantee will support a 99-megawatt wind generation project that will be New Hampshire's largest wind farm.

September 21, 2011

Wind Powering America Program Update: A WPA Webinar

Wind Powering America staff reviewed accomplishments from the past year and provided an initial overview of 2012 activity plans.

September 16, 2011

DOE Finalizes $1.2 Billion Loan Guarantee for Mojave Solar Project

The U.S. Department of Energy has finalized terms of a loan guarantee with Mojave Solar, LLC, an affiliate of Abengoa Solar, Inc., for the Mojave Solar Project -- a 250-megawatt concentrating solar plant in southern California. The construction and operation of the Mojave Solar Plant is expected to create about 1,000 jobs.

September 13, 2011

NMAI and Tribes Launch Environmental Website

The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, in partnership with four Indian tribes, launched a website that demonstrates how tribes use traditional culture, values, and indigenous knowledge in combination with science and technology to tackle environmental issues.

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 6, 2011

Benton County's Wind Energy Ordinance: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

In 2008, Benton County became home to Indiana's first wind farm (and several subsequent projects). Wind Powering America interviewed Benton County government officials about lessons learned while developing their wind energy ordinance.

September 2, 2011

Construction Begins on Nevada's First Wind Farm

The 150-MW wind farm (66, 2.3-MW turbines) in Spring Valley is expected to produce enough electricity to power approximately 45,000 Nevada homes annually.

September 1, 2011

Tools and Techniques for Assessing Energy Yield Potential for Small Wind Turbines: An ASES Small Wind Division Webinar

Shawn Shaw from The Cadmus Group discussed some of the challenges of estimating the energy output of small wind turbines, tools, techniques, and demonstrated the use of two online tools.

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 31, 2011

NREL Releases Important Review of Variable Generation and Reserves Needs

This report presents a comprehensive review of current strategies, studies, and fundamental research on the impact that increased penetration of variable renewable generation has on power system operating reserves.

August 30, 2011

Record Hill Wind Project Receives DOE Loan Guarantee, Moves Forward: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Wind Powering America supported a Maine Wind Working Group for many years to advance wind development in the state.

August 30, 2011

Wind Powering America Produces Series of Information Postcards

To print these postcards to distribute at events, high-resolution files can be requested.

August 29, 2011

Agriculture Secretary Announces Smart Grid, Transmission System Improvements

Rural electric cooperative utilities will receive funding to help build nearly 1,500 miles of electric transmission line and improve more than 1,700 miles of existing line in rural areas.

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 18, 2011

World's First Tri-Generation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Station Commissioned in Orange County

This tri-generation fuel cell and hydrogen energy station provides transportation fuel to the public and electric power to an industrial facility.

August 17, 2011

USDA Announces $11.6 Million in Rural Energy for America Program Funding Awards

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grant awards for agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations.

August 16, 2011

Wind Powering America Updates Maps of Educational Programs and Schools

Wind Powering America added 25 new universities or community colleges to an interactive map identifying wind energy education programs across the United States. WPA also added 10 new schools to an interactive map that identifies more than 250 schools with operating or planned wind turbines.

August 12, 2011

DesAutels Moving to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement

Wind Powering America national coordinator moves to BOEMRE.

August 12, 2011

Wind Power has the Ability to Maintain Rural Communities

NREL energy analyst discusses how wind energy development maintains communities in rural areas of the country and is a significant new opportunity for manufacturers in the Midwest.

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.

August 9, 2011

DOE Awards $7 Million for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Storage Research

The projects will generate rigorous cost estimates for manufacturing equipment, labor, energy, raw materials, and various components that will help identify ways to drive down production costs of transportation fuel cell systems, stationary fuel cell systems, and hydrogen storage systems.

August 2, 2011

DOE Tribal Funding Opportunities

Information about funding opportunities for renewable energy and energy efficiency on tribal lands.

August 1, 2011

DOE, DOD to Install Fuel Cell Systems on Eight Military Bases

NREL will collect performance data for the first two years of the five-year demonstration. The NREL data will be available to fuel cell developers and commercial and government leaders interested in adopting this technology.

August 1, 2011

Geothermal Electricity Technology Evaluation Model Webinar Materials Now Available

This webinar provided an overview of the model and its use with an emphasis on how the model calculates the generation costs associated with exploration and confirmation activities, well field development, and reservoir definition.

August 1, 2011

Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations Report Available

Earlier this spring, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) assembled a panel of geothermal experts to identify the obstacles to geothermal energy growth and more.

August 1, 2011

Arizona Wind for Schools Team Installs First Turbine: A Wind Powering America Success Story

The new wind turbine along with a photovoltaic system at Ponderosa High School in Flagstaff will be used to power the school's off-grid greenhouse, as well as provide real-life project data that students can learn from.

July 27, 2011

FERC - Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation

Order No. 1000 is a Final Rule that reforms the Commission's electric transmission planning and cost allocation requirements for public utility transmission providers. The rule builds on the reforms of Order No. 890 and corrects remaining deficiencies with respect to transmission planning processes and cost allocation methods.

July 21, 2011

DOE Announces Funding for Nationwide Student Clean Energy Business Competitions

The funding will support up to six regional competitions that will inspire, mentor, and train students from across the country to develop successful business plans to create a new generation of American clean energy companies.

July 20, 2011

Governors' Coalition Urges President Obama to Support Nation's Wind Energy Potential

A bipartisan group of 24 governors urges the Administration take several executive actions to further the nation's wind energy development and economic potential.

July 20, 2011

Myths and Benefits of Wind Energy: A WPA Webinar

Three speakers discussed common myths and benefits of wind energy.

July 19, 2011

New Release of SolTrace Software a Powerful Optical Modeling Tool

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a new and improved version of SolTrace, a software tool that models concentrating solar power systems and analyzes their optical performance.

July 18, 2011

Startup America Initiative Offers Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders are working in concert with federal agencies to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of America's entrepreneurs.

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.

July 13, 2011

New Report Focuses on Market Conditions and Trends for Fuel Cell Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy recently released the 2010 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report, which provides an overview of trends in the fuel cell industry.

July 12, 2011

Small Wind Policy Comparison Tool: An ASES Small Wind Division Webinar

The webinar reviewed initial results from a financial analysis tool designed to identify distributed wind policy best practices. It can rank states based on their current incentives and market environments, and calculates impacts on project economics for various levels of a national feed-in tariff.

July 7, 2011

What to Know About Installing a Wind Energy System on Your Farm

The second half of a two-part series with Sarah Hamlen, Montana State University Extension Wind and Transmission program director.

July 5, 2011

Skystream 3.7 Turbine Available at Home Depot Locations

NREL began working with Southwest Windpower in 2001 to develop the Skystream 3.7 turbine, which was partially funded through a competitively selected development process funded by the DOE Wind and Water Power Technologies Program.

July 5, 2011

School Wind Turbine Installations Map Updated

The map currently features approximately 250 school projects.

July 5, 2011

NEWEEP Convenes Conference and Workshop to Advance Social Acceptance of Well-Sited Wind Projects in New England: A Wind Powering America Success Story

The New England region, which has a high population density and windy locations that are prized for scenic and recreational uses, faces unique social acceptance challenges to siting wind energy projects.

July 5, 2011

Clean Coalition Publishes Local CLEAN Program Guide

The nonprofit Clean Coalition published the first of seven modules of its Local CLEAN Program Guide, a free, downloadable policy tool designed to help communities and utilities evaluate, design, and enact the most effective policies for the timely and cost-effective deployment of clean local energy.

June 30, 2011

DOE Announces Grants for Energy Technology Conferences, Workshops with Student Participation

The expected number of awards is 20, with $100,000 available.

June 23, 2011

DOE's State Energy Program Announces Grant Opportunities for State Energy Offices

The expected number of awards is 56, with $39 million available.

June 22, 2011

DOE Offers Conditional Loan Guarantee to Support Development of New Hampshire's Largest Wind Farm

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offered a conditional commitment to Granite Reliable Power, LLC to provide up to $136 million in loan guarantees for a new 99-megawatt (MW) wind generation project in Coos County in New Hampshire.

June 21, 2011

CPS Energy and Denton Municipal Electric Receive 2011 Public Power Wind Award

This ninth-annual award, presented at the American Public Power Association's National Conference in Washington, D.C., honors the two American Public Power Association member organizations for their leadership in promoting wind energy development.

June 21, 2011

Virginia's First Wind for Schools Project: Wind Powering America Lessons Learned

An interview with Remy Luerssen, director of education and outreach at James Madison University's Virginia Center for Wind Energy, about Virginia's first Wind for Schools project.

June 20, 2011

USDA Rural Energy Assistance Program Grant Opportunity Announced

An estimated $2.8 million is available for energy audit and renewable energy development assistance.

June 20, 2011

Environmental Law Institute Publishes Two Wind Siting Studies

The studies examine and make recommendations on how state and local governments should site and permit large wind facilities.

June 20, 2011

Economic Development Administration Funding Opportunity Announced

EDA generally allocates funds for the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund to support projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality.

June 16, 2011

NREL Showcasing Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at Summer Outreach Events

NREL will display its new Borrego fuel cell electric vehicle, on loan from Kia, at a variety of summer events.

June 15, 2011

Want to Incorporate Renewables on the Farm? Consider the Energy Pyramid

Audio with Sarah Hamlen, Montana State University Extension Wind and Transmission Program Director.

June 15, 2011

Community Wind Projects: A WPA Webinar

The discussion included how to identify suitable development teams and properly-sized projects, identify funding sources, utilized project case studies to illustrate different forms of community wind, and provided an overview of the incentives that support community wind.

June 7, 2011

WPA Convenes 10th Annual All-States Summit: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Approximately 110 members of Wind Powering America's network attended the 10th Annual All-States Summit on May 26 in Anaheim.

June 7, 2011

Wind Powering America Team Presents 2011 Awards at All-States Summit

One of the highlights of the annual Wind Powering America All-States Summit is the awards presentation recognizing the accomplishments of peers.

June 7, 2011

Ruth Douglas Miller Named One of the Top 150 Scientists in Kansas' History

Ruth Douglas Miller, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and Wind Powering America's Wind Applications Center lead at Kansas State University, was added to the Ad Astra Kansas Initiative's list of the state's top 150 scientists.

June 7, 2011

Montana Students Learn about Wind Energy

Montana Energy Corps members Kaleena Miller and Andrew Valainis presented basic wind energy concepts to six middle school classes as part of Laurel Aviation and Technology Week on May 10.

June 6, 2011

Renewable Hydrogen Bus Teaches Thousands about Clean Energy Technologies

Thousands of people across the nation enjoyed a glimpse into a clean energy future thanks to the renewable-hydrogen-powered bus at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

June 6, 2011

NREL CSP Group Seeks Postdoctoral Fellowship Participants

The Concentrating Solar Power group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is looking for participants in an upcoming postdoctoral fellowship opportunity to support concentrating solar power research at the lab. The fellowship is being offered by the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program within the U.S. Department of Energy. Applications are due June 30, 2011.

June 6, 2011

NREL-Analyzed Battery Journeys into Outer Space with Space Shuttle Endeavor

NREL-analyzed batteries used to power the astronauts' spacesuits during spacewalks were onboard for NASA's space shuttle Endeavor's May 17, 2011 mission.

June 3, 2011

New England Interview: A Panel of Seven Offer Insight into the Evolving Drivers and Challenges Facing Wind Development in New England

The New England Wind Forum asked a panel of seven individuals from across New England with firsthand knowledge of wind policy and siting dynamics about the most important wind energy topics. The responses offer insight into the evolving drivers and challenges facing wind development in New England.

June 3, 2011

Fourth CSP Plant Receives DOE Loan Support

In an ongoing push to support innovative renewable energy, the U.S. Department of Energy has offered a conditional loan guarantee to the development of a fourth concentrating solar plant. The 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project received an offer for the $737 million loan guarantee on May 19. In the past 12 months, three other concentrating solar power plants with a combined generating capacity of 1,471 megawatts have received similar guarantees totaling more than $5.8 billion.

June 3, 2011

Wind Siting in New England: Bridging State Goals and Local Concerns

This article highlights some of the issues in the region.

June 3, 2011

New England Offshore Wind Update

While New England's first two offshore wind projects, Cape Wind and the Block Island Wind Farm, await the outcome of key appeals, initiatives to lease sites off of Rhode Island and Massachusetts moved forward as federal efforts to streamline the permitting effort began to take shape.

June 3, 2011

ISO New England Releases the New England Wind Integration Study

The goal of the New England Wind Integration Study (NEWIS) was to look into the future and determine the operational, planning, and market impacts of integrating substantial quantities of wind generation resources into the New England grid.

May 26, 2011

Wind Powering America Summit: Morning Proceedings Webcast

To allow all of Wind Powering America's stakeholders to benefit from the panel discussions and presentations at the annual Wind Powering America All-States Summit in Anaheim, the morning's proceedings were available via live Webcast.

May 25, 2011

Wind Powering America 10th Annual All-States Summit Proceedings

Approximately 110 members of Wind Powering America's network attended the 10th Annual All-States Summit on May 26 in Anaheim.

May 24, 2011

Grand Valley State University Publishes Offshore Wind Social Issues Brief

The document reviews peer-reviewed journal articles and technical reports to provide information on common social concerns related to offshore wind development.

May 23, 2011

NREL Engineer Elected to Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association Board of Directors

Keith Wipke of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association.

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 22, 2011

NREL Wins Awards for Research, Development, and Analysis of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies

George Sverdrup and Marc Melaina of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory received Annual Merit Awards in honor of their significant contributions to the DOE Hydrogen Program.

May 20, 2011

Transportation Secure Data Center Provides Real-World Data for Planning, Modeling, and Analysis

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Department of Transportation recently launched the Transportation Secure Data Center.

May 18, 2011

Transmission and Wind: A WPA Webinar

The webinar focused on three activities that provide the opportunity to build additional transmission lines to get renewable energy to the market — Western Renewable Energy Zones (WREZs), USDA's Rural Utilities Service, and Western's Transmission Infrastructure Program.

May 17, 2011

NREL's New Microscopy Technology Reveals Path to Cheaper Solar Cells

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a new imaging tool to analyze weak regions in low-cost silicon. The tool and the research it enables are vital to lowering costs in production and manufacturing of solar cells.

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 13, 2011

World's Largest Battery Calorimeter Operating at NREL

The next generation of electric-drive cars and light trucks will be required to travel farther on electric power alone, placing greater energy demands on the vehicles' battery packs. As the packs get larger, regulating battery temperatures become even more important in helping improve performance, lifespan, safety, and affordability. The best tool automakers have for assessing thermal control and optimizing battery performance is NREL's Large-Volume Battery Calorimeter.

May 12, 2011

Wind for Schools: An ASES Small Wind Division Webinar

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division co-hosted the webinar which presented on Wind Powering America's Wind Application Centers.

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 9, 2011

Department of Energy to Issue Funding Opportunity: Technology Advancement for Rapid Development of Geothermal Resources in the U.S.

In early June 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement to expand its partnership with the geothermal community on geothermal systems research and development throughout the United States.

May 9, 2011

WPA Hosts Six Regional Meetings to Garner Stakeholder Feedback on Wind Deployment Barriers: A Wind Powering America Success Story

The meetings allowed industry and state government representatives, non-profit organizations, and other interested stakeholders to participate in identifying and prioritizing persistent deployment barriers while highlighting successful approaches to address the challenges identified.

May 9, 2011

Webinar May 17: Local Leaders Create Fuel Cell Success Stories

The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Program will co-host a webinar with the Clean Energy States Alliance and the Technology Transition Corporation titled "Local Leaders Create Fuel Cell Success Stories: Spotlight on Leading Local Companies" on Tuesday, May 17, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM Eastern.

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 30, 2011

State Support for Clean Energy Deployment: Lessons Learned for Potential Future Policy

This report reviews the results of specific incentives and financing tools used to encourage clean energy investment. Lessons from such programs could be used to inform the future application of EE/RE incentives and financing tools.

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 26, 2011

EPA Offers Environmental Education Regional Grants

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens.

April 25, 2011

DOE Rolls Out Program to Promote Electric Vehicles

DOE is taking new steps to speed up the deployment of electric vehicles (EV), it announced on April 19. These efforts include making available $5 million in new funding for community-based efforts to deploy EV infrastructure and charging stations. DOE is also forming a partnership with Google Inc. and more than 80 EV stakeholders to help consumers find charging stations nationwide.

April 22, 2011

NREL to "Teach the Teachers" of Jeffco's Solar on Schools program

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will introduce curriculum in partnership with Jeffco's Solar on Schools program that has plans to install 100kw PV systems on 30 district schools. Once the curriculum is developed and tested, Jeffco hopes that other schools will also adopt alternative renewable energy curriculum.

April 21, 2011

Nebraska Wind for Schools Project Team Installs Turbine in Crawford

Nebraska Wind for Schools facilitator Dan McGuire reported on a Skystream installation at Crawford Public School.

April 20, 2011

Wind Turbine/Radar Interactions Webinar

A discussion about the latest developments to overcome challenges in wind turbine/radar system interactions and tools you can use to assess potential project sites.

April 15, 2011

RFI for Supporting Ongoing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Demonstration and Validation

The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Program has issued an RFI seeking feedback from stakeholders for ongoing Technology Validation activities aimed at demonstrating and validating fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.

April 14, 2011

Wind Powering America Update

This presentation gives a broad, yet comprehensive, overview of wind energy in the United States. It uses visual maps and charts to quickly show the past and current status of issues involving the development of wind energy in the United States.

April 14, 2011

Two-day Geothermal Research Symposium to Identify Research Needs and Innovative Technologies

NREL, the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), the Colorado Governor's Energy Office, and the U.S. Navy Geothermal Program will hold the first joint Geothermal Research Symposium on May 23 – 24, 2011, at CSM.

April 13, 2011

DOE Announces Reversible Fuel Cell Workshop on April 19

The workshop will focus on hydrogen-based fuel cell technologies and will bring together subject matter experts and developers to review the state-of-the-art.

April 12, 2011

Annual International Wind-Diesel Workshop Lives On: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Alaska is currently seen as the hotbed of wind and diesel integration with more than 20 wind-diesel systems installed. This year, the University of Fairbanks Wind-Diesel Application Center hosted the International Wind-Diesel Workshop.

April 12, 2011

Southwest Windpower Receives Globe Sustainability Innovation Award

Wind Powering America's Wind for Schools partner, Southwest Windpower, receives award.

April 12, 2011

Wind Powering America to Publish Regional Meeting Reports

Summary reports of a series of regional meetings in March held in most regions of the country will be made available for general review and comment for those unable to attend the meetings.

April 6, 2011

Energy Plans in Denver and Austin

REL analyst Dave Peterson, along with Ester Matthews of Austin Climate Protection Program and Michele Weingarden of Greenprint Denver, recently published the report "Local Energy Plans in Practice: Case Studies of Austin and Denver."

April 6, 2011

LCA of Gasoline and Diesel

SEAC analyst David Hsu recently published the report "Life Cycle Assessment of Gasoline and Diesel Produced via Fast Pyrolysis and Hydroprocessing."

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."

April 6, 2011

CREST User Manual

Jason Gifford and Robert Grace of Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC, under NREL technical monitor Karlynn Cory, recently published the subcontract report "CREST: Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool: A Model for Developing Cost-Based Incentives in the United States; User Manual, Version 1."

April 6, 2011

Water Use in Electricity Generating Technologies

SEAC analysts Jordan Macknick, Garvin Heath, and KC Hallett and center director Robin Newmark recently published the report "A Review of Operational Water Consumption and Withdrawal Factors for Electricity Generating Technologies."

April 4, 2011

NREL and Contractor Aim to Reduce Water Use in CSP Plants

The ideal site for a concentrating solar power plant has plenty of sunshine. Trouble is, these sites often have limited water resources, and such power plants require some type of coolant, with water being the traditional coolant of choice. NREL and WorleyParsons Group, Inc. have been studying various methods for reducing water use in concentrating solar power plants, and have published a report summarizing results—which point to "dry" or waterless cooling as a solution.

April 1, 2011

Coast Guard Energy Management Program Includes Wind for Schools Initiative

A recent Coast Guard blog post states that "the Coast Guard is investigating the efficacy of wind power throughout remote locations in Alaska and fostering community involvement through the Wind for Schools Program and Coast Guard Partnership in Education."

March 31, 2011

Jobs and Economic Development from New Transmission and Generation in Wyoming

A report that informs policymakers, local government officials, and Wyoming residents about the jobs and economic development activity that could occur should new investments in transmission, wind generation, and natural gas generation in Wyoming move forward.

March 29, 2011

Learning the Basics of Distributed Wind

In the first part of the series, Forsyth covers the basics of small wind turbines, including the wind resource, incentives available to help pay for a turbine, net metering, and payback. The two upcoming segments will expand on the basics and also include a discussion of community wind projects.

March 21, 2011

NREL Tackling Industry Challenges, Improving Low-Temperature Resource Power Output

NREL is working to address the challenges currently related to low-temperature geothermal power production units as part of a three-way agreement between NREL, the U.S. Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Program, and the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center, just north of Casper, Wyoming.

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.

March 16, 2011

Guidebook to Geothermal Power Finance Now Available

NREL has released the Guidebook to Geothermal Power Finance (the Guidebook) to facilitate further investment in conventional geothermal projects in the United States.

March 16, 2011

Small and Distributed Wind Webinar

A discussion about small wind policy and market trends; the Distributed Wind Energy Association; small wind turbine certification; and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners small wind credentialing.

March 15, 2011

PV Module Reliability Workshop Cultivates Innovation, Progress

Innovation is often a product of teamwork among scientists and engineers with many perspectives, from many scientific and commercial entities. The 2011 PV Module Reliability Workshop's goal was to nurture innovation by providing a forum to share information—among the photovoltaic module manufacturers, testing labs, materials manufacturers, and the research community. This year's workshop was a resounding success, with about 180 participants exchanging information on the hottest topics in the industry.

March 15, 2011

Arizona Wind for Schools Project to Be Installed by September

The Williams News reported on the Arizona Wind for Schools project to be installed at Williams Elementary-Middle School by the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year.

March 11, 2011

First Virginia Wind for Schools Project Turbine Installed: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Wind Powering America's Virginia Wind for Schools team welcomed the state's first school turbine at Northumberland Middle/High School.

March 11, 2011

DOE Honors Minnkota Power Cooperative with 2010 Wind Cooperative of the Year Award

This 10th annual award honors the North Dakota-based NRECA member for its outstanding leadership, innovation, project creativity and benefits to customers resulting from North Dakota's first utility-owned wind turbine and its other investments wind power.

March 10, 2011

DOE Announces EERE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

DOE's Wind Program will support two fellows: one to conduct research on wind resource characterization and a second to focus on offshore turbine reliability.

March 9, 2011

NREL Looks to Expand Biofuels Partnerships

The Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility (IBRF) at NREL is a place for NREL and industry to test demonstration-scale projects and speed the commercialization of biofuels. This past year, NREL completed construction on phase one of the IBRF and phase two is underway.

March 8, 2011

U.S. Residential Solar Water Heating Report Published

SEAC analysts Hannah Cassard, Paul Denholm, and Sean Ong recently published the report "Break-Even Cost for Residential Solar Water Heating in the United States: Key Drivers and Sensitivities."

March 3, 2011

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Current and Planned Activities in Small Wind Credentialing Webinar

NREL and the American Solar Energy Society Small Wind Division co-hosted the webinar, which covered the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners' current and planned activities in small wind credentialing.

March 3, 2011

NREL Innovation Spectrum: Advanced Condenser Boosts Geothermal Power Plant Output

The first geothermal Innovation Spectrum case study tells the story of The Geysers geothermal power plant in California and how NREL stepped in to develop a technology that dramatically boosted the production efficiency of the plant when it waned in the 1990s.

March 3, 2011

DOE Offers Conditional Commitment for a Loan Guarantee to Support Maine Wind Project

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the offer of a conditional commitment to Record Hill Wind LLC for a $102 million loan guarantee.

March 2, 2011

Department of Energy Finalizes $96.8 Million Loan Guarantee for Oregon Geothermal Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has finalized a $96.8 million Recovery Act supported loan guarantee to a project sponsored by U.S. Geothermal, Inc. to construct a 23 megawatt (net) geothermal power project in Malheur County, in southeastern Oregon.

March 1, 2011

Regional Wind Powering America Meetings Are Coming to a City Near You

Wind Powering America is hosting a series of single-day regional meetings in March 2011 to identify current market barriers and solutions and to discuss potential regional collaboration.

March 1, 2011

NREL Engineer Honored with Distinguished Speaker Award

NREL's John Rugh is one of five recipients of the 2011 Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers.

March 1, 2011

Wind Powering America Launches Interactive Anemometer Loan Program Wind Data Map

Wind Powering America posted a new interactive map depicting wind data collected from its Native American anemometer loan program and the Western Area Power Administration anemometer loan program.

March 1, 2011

More Than 500 People Attend Wind Webinars Hosted by NEWEEP and WPA

The New England Wind Energy Education Project and Wind Powering America hosted popular webinars on the topics of Understanding the Current Science, Regulation, and Mitigation of Shadow Flicker and the Cost of Wind Energy, Project Financing, and Funding, respectively

March 1, 2011

ETA Announces $40 Million in Green Jobs Grants

The Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has $40 million available in Green Jobs Innovation Fund grants intended to increase the number of people completing green jobs training programs.

March 1, 2011

Kansas High School Students Test Airspace Awareness Software as Part of Wind for Schools Project

The Kansas Department of Transportation chose Eudora High School as a testing ground for a new online airspace awareness software tool — the first of its kind in the nation.

February 21, 2011

Wind Energy an Opportunity for Rural Income, Jobs, and Economic Development

During this interview Tom Potter, Colorado Wind for Schools Facilitator, says that greater acceptance of wind development is needed to take full advantage of wind energy's benefits, and unfortunately, several myths persist.

February 16, 2011

Cost of Wind Energy, Project Financing, and Funding Webinar

This webinar explored how consumer-owned utilities, electric cooperatives, and communities are financing wind projects using creative structures that push the envelope of wind project finance in the United States; and the challenges that go along with wind project financing and funding.

February 16, 2011

Wyoming Editorial: Wind Tower Plant Will Be Great Addition

The Casper, Wyoming editorial cited research performed at NREL concluding that during the next decade, wind energy development in the state may create 47,000 jobs, pay $2.6 billion in wages and benefits, and add $5.1 billion into the state's economy.

February 14, 2011

2011 Public Power Wind Award Nominations

The 2011 Public Power Wind Award will honor one consumer-owned utility for its leadership in wind power. All nominations are due by close of business on April 4, 2011.

February 14, 2011

First Wind for Schools Project Turbine Installed in Virginia with Recovery Act Support

On February 11, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) joined with local and state leaders in Heathsville, Virginia to announce the first school in Virginia to participate in DOE's Wind for Schools project.

February 10, 2011

Understanding the Current Science, Regulation, and Mitigation of Shadow Flicker Webinar

The Webinar included a panel of experts in the fields of visual assessment, landscape architecture, and environmental planning with a question and answer session. An audio visual file and transcript are available.

February 10, 2011

Colorado's Ponderosa High School Installs Latest Wind for Schools Project Turbine: A Wind Powering America Success Story

The PeaceJam Club at Ponderosa High School (PHS) in Parker, Colorado has played an integral role in helping the school become more environmentally friendly. Thanks to their efforts, on January 15, 2011, PHS became one of the newest members of Wind Powering America's Wind for Schools family.

February 9, 2011

Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool Now Available

State policy-makers, legislators, and the renewable energy community can use the suite of new analytic tools to assess projects, design cost-based incentives (e.g., feed-in tariffs), and evaluate the impact of tax incentives or other support structures.

February 7, 2011

Department of Energy's Wind and Water Program Releases Three Solicitations

The Wind and Water Power Program released three solicitations, representing up to $50.5 million over 5 years, in support of the National Offshore Wind Strategy.

February 4, 2011

DOI Approves Ninth Commercial-Scale Solar Project on Public Lands

The U.S. Department of Interior, in an ongoing effort to help develop renewable energy on U.S. public lands, approved the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project last month. The concentrated solar power plant is the ninth large-scale solar facility to be approved for development on public lands since last October. The 110-megawatt plant will be sited on 2,250 acres in Nevada, which are owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The project is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs and help meet requirements of Nevada's Renewable Portfolio Standard.

January 31, 2011

Open Energy Information Site Compiles Energy Data

The Open Energy Information (OpenEI) tool, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as part of the Open Government Initiative, is a linked open-data platform that compiles data for easy accessibility.

January 25, 2011

Wind Energy Development Can Revitalize Rural America

Tom Potter, Colorado Wind for Schools facilitator, describes depopulation in rural counties and how new energy interests could revitalize the rural way of life and make a big difference in the country's future.

January 19, 2011

NREL Analyzes Impact of Climate Control in Electric Drive Vehicles

A technical paper recently released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory reveals the impact of climate control loads in electric drive vehicles.

January 19, 2011

Nevada WindGenerations Program

The WindGenerations program offers rebates for distributed wind projects in Nevada.

January 19, 2011

Workforce Development in Wind Technologies Webinar

This Webinar hosted a discussion of wind workforce development initiatives. An audio visual file and transcript are available.

January 19, 2011

Nevada Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Authority

The Nevada Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Authority is currently taking applications for tax abatements for utility-scale wind projects.

January 19, 2011

Nevada's GreenPower Program

Nevada's GreenPower Program provides renewable energy education in Nevada's preK-12 schools.

January 18, 2011

Saturday Open House at the NREL Visitors Center 2011

Throughout 2011, the Visitors Center will host a series of special Open House events.

January 18, 2011

Alaska Launches New Small Wind Working Group

The Small Wind Working Group is a new focus and networking group for Alaska small wind issues (wind turbines less than 50 kilowatts).

January 15, 2011

Colorado's Ponderosa High School Dedicates Wind for Schools Project

More than 75 people attended the dedication ceremony. CBS Denver News4 aired the story.

January 14, 2011

Kansas City's KCTV-5 Visits High School Planning Wind for Schools Project

The segment features student interviews about the school wind turbine.

January 13, 2011

WPA Hosts Fourth Annual Wind for Schools Summit: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Wind Powering America hosted its fourth annual Wind for Schools Summit with more than 50 attendees representing the 11 official Wind for Schools states. The 2-day event gave attendees a chance to share their experiences from the past year with funding and curriculum, as well as overall developments.

January 13, 2011

Wind Powering America Employment Opportunity

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) posted a talent acquisition notice for a project leader position to lead and support NREL projects designed to assist the Department of Energy's Wind Powering America Initiative.

January 11, 2011

NREL Supports Development of New National Code for Hydrogen Technologies

NREL helped develop a new national code for hydrogen technologies that was issued last month by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NFPA 2 Hydrogen Technologies Code covers critical applications and operations such as hydrogen dispensing, production, and storage.

January 5, 2011

Interwest Energy Alliance Summarizes Key Renewable Energy Policies in the West

An annual summary that examines legislative and regulatory issues, best management practices for wildlife and ecosystems, regional transmission expansion efforts, integration cost issues, and other developments in the West.

January 4, 2011

National Wind Technology Center Recognizes Wind for Schools Team

Wind Powering America's Wind for Schools team was recognized as an outstanding National Wind Technology Center team in 2010.

January 4, 2011

New Year Message to Wind Powering America Stakeholders

Wind Powering America experienced a number of changes in the past year, resulting in some defined challenges but also some strong successes, such as the initial release of the Wind Workforce Development Roadmap, a very successful All-States Summit, and an expanding Wind for Schools program.

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