• Great Lakes Tall Tower Wind Monitoring Project

    Grant Applications are now being received for the Great Lakes Tall Tower Wind Monitoring project. The project is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy.

    The program's scope of work requires the State of Wisconsin to use the DOE funds to award a total of two grants for:

    Lake Michigan Project: collect and analyze 12 months of tall tower data from an existing 100 meter tall site within .5 miles of Lake Michigan

    Lake Erie Project: collect and analyze 12 months of tall tower data from an existing 100 meter tall site within .5 miles of Lake Erie

    For more information about the grant application and selection process, please contact Preston Schutt, WI PSC, Preston.Schutte@psc.state.wi.us or 608-266-1462

     

     

  • Obama Administration on Rural Tour

    WASHINGTON D.C., June 30, 2009 - President Obama announced the launch of his Administration's Rural Tour to hold discussions on how communities, states, and the federal government can work together to help strengthen rural America. During July, August and September top Administration officials will fan out across the nation to hold a series of discussion on how to best implement programs and funds made available by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack on Rural Tour in Kentucky in May
    Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack on
    Rural Tour in Kentucky in May.

    The Rural Tour is a continuation of a program begun by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that had recently held forums across the country. Cabinet members on the Rural Tour led by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack include Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and others.

    "A healthy American economy depends on a prosperous rural America," President Obama said. "Rural America is vast and diverse, and different communities face different challenges and opportunities. That's why we're going out to hear directly from the people of rural America about their needs and concerns and what my Administration can do to support them."

    These events will serve as listening sessions to focus on such issues as broad-based rural health, economic development, infrastructure, education, energy, natural resources, and agriculture. Officials will share some of the Administration's ideas about how to nurture strong, robust, and vibrant rural communities, and they will report back to the President about the state of rural America and what the Administration can do to strengthen it.

    Rural Tour Schedule

    July 1 - Vice President Joe Biden and Secretaries Gary Locke and TomVilsack will travel to Wattsburg, PA, to discuss rural broadband.

    July 16 - Secretaries Ray LaHood and Tom Vilsack will travel to La Crosse, WI, to discuss rural economic development.

    July 18 - Secretaries Steven Chu and Tom Vilsack will travel to Ringgold, VA, to discuss green jobs and a new energy economy, with a focus on weatherization and carbon sequestration.

    July 20 - Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius, Eric Shinseki, Hilda Solis and Tom Vilsack will travel to St. John's Parish, LA, to discuss rural healthcare.

    August 12 - Secretaries Steven Chu, Shaun Donovan, Arne Duncan, Ken Salazar and Tom Vilsack will travel to Bethel, AK, to discuss rural infrastructure, green jobs and a new energy economy, as well as climate change.

    August 16 - Secretaries Ken Salazar and Tom Vilsack will travel to Zanesville, OH, to discuss green jobs and a new energy economy, with a focus on renewable energies.

    August 17 - Secretaries Arne Duncan and Tom Vilsack will travel to Hamlet, NC, to discuss rural education.

    September 28 - Secretaries Ken Salazar and Tom Vilsack will travel to Scottsbluff, NE, to discuss production agriculture.

    September 30 - Secretaries Shaun Donovan and Tom Vilsack will travel to Las Cruces, NM, to discuss rural infrastructure.

    For additional information visit the Rural Tour web site.

  • Mid Atlantic Conference Keynote Speakers

    Jacques Beaudry-Losique

    Wind & Water Program Manager, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

    Jacques Beaudry-Losique

    Jacques Beaudry-Losique was appointed in April 2010 as the Program Manager for the Wind & Water for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Jacques held multiple senior positions at EERE since 2005, including two years as Deputy-Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy and three years leading major clean energy programs. Prior to DOE, Jacques has held senior executive positions for major U.S. corporations and also has many years of experience as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company. In his keynote address at the conference, Mr. Beaudry-Losique will draw from the Program’s recent studies on Deployment Barriers to Distributed Wind Energy.

    Jessica Zufolo

    Deputy Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    Jessica Zufolo

    Jessica Zufolo was appointed by President Barack Obama to be Deputy Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). RUS provides leadership and capital to upgrade, expand, maintain, and replace America's vast rural electric infrastructure, as well as its water and telecommunications infrastructures.  The Program makes loans and loan guarantees to finance the construction of electricity distribution, transmission and generation, including on- and off-grid renewable energy systems.

    John Hanger

    Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and national leader on green economy, environment and energy issues

    John Hanger

    John Hanger is strongly affiliated with securing the law requiring Pennsylvania investor-owned utilities to offer net metering (up to 3 MW to nonresidential customers and 50 kW to residential customers). He has held numerous leadership positions, including Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Chair of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. He was the founding President of Citizens of Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture). Mr Hanger continues to work on green economy, environment and energy issues.

    James Woolsey

    Former CIA Director and energy independence advocate

    James Woolsey

    James Woolsey, an energy independence advocate and former CIA Director, has prepared a video address for Community Wind across America participants. National security and distributed energy frame his argument for developing all forms of renewable energy, supportive legislation, and forcing competition between petroleum products and other fuels. These measures, says Woolsey, are critical to a security strategy “to move away from oil,” which currently funds enemy states, and lays Americans vulnerable to possible terrorist strikes and disruptions.

     Read more about the Community Wind across America conference

  • Windustry Awarded USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant to develop a Small Wind Bulk-Buy program

    USDA

    Windustry was recently awarded a $275,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development office.

    Windustry gained the support of the USDA in 2009 to launch a national Landowner Wind Energy Association Resource Center to technical support to rural communities seeking to develop community owned wind energy projects. The Center has been conducting feasibility studies to develop rural wind energy projects Montana, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

    The new RBEG grant will expand our work to southern Minnesota.to work with the Region Nine Development Commission’s Renewable Energy Task Force to develop a Small Wind Bulk-Buy program across nine counties.

    Windustry is honored to have received support from the USDA for two years in a row and looks forward to working with a dynamic consortium of partners to promote Community Wind and Small Wind across America.

  • Community Benefits at the Heart of Mid Atlantic Wind Conference in State College, PA

    Windustry is pleased to announce the program for  Community Wind across America regional conference in State College, PA, February 8-9, 2011.

    In a program designed to address the most current issues and best practices in distributed wind energy development, regional and national speakers take up the subjects of growing the market, local involvement and investment, public policy and national energy independence. Breakout sessions delve into the specifics of what's needed to advance and build Community and Small Wind energy projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

    When: February 8-9, 2011
    Where:
    Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

     

    "In this conference we demonstrate that local communities can benefit from distributed wind development while, as a nation, we diversify our home grown energy sources. We’re inviting new folks into the wind and renewable energy conversation and providing the opportunity for interested individuals to build a network of distributed energy experts dedicated to new industry, jobs and economic growth."
    —Lisa Daniels, Windustry Executive Director

    National Leaders Speak to Current Issues

    Distributed Energy and Energy Security frame keynote addresses from Jacques Beaudry-Losique, Wind and Water Program Manager, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US DOE; Jessica Zufolo, Deputy Administrator for Rural Utilities Service, USDA; John Hanger, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and James Woolsey, former CIA Director and energy independence advocate.

    Stories From the Field Illustrate Cooperation and Innovative Business Models at work

    LCSWMA - PPL Wind Turbines
    Wind turbine erected at Frey Farm Landfill, Conestoga, PA for Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority by PPL Renewable Energy, September 2010.

    Regional success stories to be highlighted include the Frey Farm Wind project in Lancaster County. Jim Warner, CEO of Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWM), will give an on-the-ground perspective of this wind energy project, describing the unique partnership between LCSWM Authority and PPL Renewable Energy, and what it took to get it going.

    Robert Michael Specter, CBO for University of Delaware (UD), will also be on hand to highlight the wind development on UD Lewes Campus that meets its electricity needs and works as an educational and research tool. Guests will also hear from Roy Butler who has owned and operated a small wind turbine to power his home and business for many years.

    Two Days - Two Tracks

    The conference will feature eighteen program sessions that examine the details of locally-owned, utility-scale and residential wind energy development, including: Emerging Business Models, Mid-sized Wind Turbines, Education and Community Engagement, Permitting for Wind Projects in the Mid Atlantic Region, and Examples of How Small Wind can Work for You.

    Day one ends with a reception and screening of "Wind Uprising," a documentary that chronicles the developmental saga of an entrepreneur and an engineer who broke trail for wind energy in their home state of Utah. They worked through legislative barriers, fickle investors, power purchasing conundrums, and a 'Not In My Back Yard' resistance from area residents.

    Attendees include rural landowners, community leaders, elected officials, clean energy advocates, state and federal agencies, zoning and permitting officials, wind developers, educators and academics, economic development professionals, and national leaders.

    This event follows Windustry’s 2010 conferences in the Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions, where attendees remarked on the strong networking environment and high professional quality of the national and regional leaders present. More Community Wind across America events will be announced in 2011.

    REGISTER online for this conference or phone 612-870-3477.

  • Windustry Creates Essential Curriculum for Small Wind Installers

     

     

    The six-credit course is first of its kind in the country

    With support from the MN Office of Energy Security, Windustry has created a standardized curriculum for Small Wind Installers, unique in that it covers what’s needed for certification. The six-credit course materials will provide much-needed workforce development for an expanding Small Wind industry. 

    Windustry and University of MN Morris will host 20 Minnesota community and technical college instructors this summer to rollout the curriculum in train-the-trainer sessions.

    Small wind experts Mick Sagrillo and Roy Butler are the curriculum authors; they have formatted the material to be presented in both a traditional classroom environment and online. Sagrillo and Butler will introduce the materials to the trainers from Albert Lea, Cloquet, Brainerd, Bemidji, and other areas across the State.

    Certification benefits the industry as a whole

    This is the first curriculum of its kind in the country designed to prepare students to test for Small Wind Installer Certification by North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP). 

    The training will equip instructors to create their own courses based on the curriculum. Students will learn about the entire installation process, from marketing to follow-up maintenance. The training also includes assistance in establishing an “apprenticeship” within Minnesota dealer networks.

    Small Wind turbines generate up to 100 kW and are optimum for residential scale use. They represent a growing US market; 78 percent in 2008 and 15 percent in 2009, and two-thirds of the manufacturers are American companies.

  • 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report

    2008 Wind Technologies Market Report

    Berkeley, California - The U.S. Department of Energy released its “2008 Wind Technologies Market Report.” This report, authored primarily by Ryan Wiser and Mark Bolinger of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, provides a comprehensive overview of trends in the U.S. wind power market, with a particular focus on 2008. For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. was home to the fastest-growing wind power market in the world in 2008. Specifically, U.S. wind power capacity additions increased by 60 percent in 2008, representing a $16 billion investment in new wind projects. "At this pace, wind is on a path to becoming a significant contributor to the U.S. power mix," notes report author Ryan Wiser, of Berkeley Lab. Wind projects accounted for 42% of all new electric generating capacity added in the U.S. in 2008, and wind now delivers nearly 2% of the nation's electricity supply.

    Wind projects
    accounted for 42% of all new electric generating capacity added in the U.S. in 2008, and wind now delivers nearly 2% of the nation's electricity supply.

    The “2008 Wind Technologies Market Report” provides a comprehensive overview of developments in the rapidly evolving U.S. wind power market. The need for such a report has become apparent in the past few years, as the wind power industry has entered an era of unprecedented growth, both globally and in the United States. At the same time, the last year has been one of upheaval, with the global financial crisis impacting near-term growth prospects for the wind industry, and with federal policy changes enacted to push the industry towards continued aggressive expansion. "With the market evolving at such a rapid pace, keeping up with trends in the marketplace has become increasingly difficult," notes report co-author Mark Bolinger. "Yet, the need for timely, objective information on the industry and its progress has never been greater...this report seeks to fill that need." 

    Some of the key findings of the report include:

    • The United States continues to lead the world in annual capacity growth. For the fourth straight year, the United States led the world in wind capacity additions, capturing roughly 30% of the worldwide market.
    • The cumulative wind capacity installed in the United States at the end of 2008 would, in an average year, be able to supply roughly 1.9% of the nation's electricity consumption.
    • Soaring demand for wind has spurred expansion of wind turbine manufacturing in the United States. The share of domestically manufactured wind turbine components has grown from less than 30% in 2005 to roughly 50% in 2008, and that roughly 8,400 new domestic manufacturing jobs were added in the wind sector in 2008 alone.
    • Texas led all states with 7,118 MW of total wind capacity installed, followed by Iowa (2791 MW) and California (2517 MW). Seven states now have more than 1,000 MW installed, and 13 have more than 500 MW.
    • Iowa and Minnesota have the highest levels of wind penetration.
    • Wind power remained competitive in wholesale power markets in 2008, with average wind power prices at or below the low end of the wholesale power market price range.

    The report can be downloaded at:

    http://eetd.lbl.gov/ea/ems/re-pubs.html

    A PowerPoint presentation based on the report can be found at:

    http://eetd.lbl.gov/ea/ems/emp-ppt.html

  • Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to speak at Community Wind across America Rocky Mountain Conference

    Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.
    Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.

    Windustry is pleased to announce that special guests Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. and Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp will speak at the Community Wind across America Rocky Mountain Region event, October 26–27, Denver, Colorado.

    Community Wind across Americaregional conferences on Community and Small Wind Energy will bring together state and local economic development and policy makers with members of the agriculture and wind energy industries to build economic opportunities and strengthen energy independence.

    The two-track program covers the full range of what's needed to advance opportunities for locally-owned wind energy production from practical “how to” information, to new business models, options for financing, permitting, and local, state and national policies. Sessions are designed as panelist presentations with ample time for Q & A.

    On day two of the Rocky Mountain Region conference Governor Ritter will to speak attendees during the morning break. The architect of Colorado’s New Energy Economy, Governor Ritter is a strong and vocal advocate of making wind, solar and biofuels, as well as efficiency measures, more affordable to homeowners and small businesses. John Stulp will help kick off the event by presenting an overview of the successful Lamar Community Wind Project in Colorado, during the morning plenary session.

    The conferences are for anyone interested in wind energy: rural landowners, farmers, ranchers, municipal utilities, elected officials, town planners, tribal representatives, economic development professionals, business leaders, investors, bankers, and community leaders

    2010 Conferences

    Rocky Mountain Region, October 26-27, 2010, Renaissance Denver Hotel, Denver, CO.
    Midwest Region, November 15-16 2010, Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul, MN
    Mid Atlantic Region November 30 – December 1, 2010, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

    REGISTER online or phone Catherine O' Neill at 612-870-3477.

    Community Wind across America conferences are presented by Windustry, a national leader in helping communities develop and own wind energy. With support from U.S. Department of Energy funding and national sponsor, Nordic WindPower

  • Xcel Energy RFP for C-BED projects now available

    On June 17, Xcel Energy (through Northern States Power) released their 2008 request for proposal (RFP) for Community Based Energy Development (C-BED) projects.

    Here's what it says on the Xcel Energy website: "As a part of Xcel Energy’s Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) program, Xcel Energy is soliciting proposals for Community Based Wind Projects. In 2005, the Minnesota Legislature directed that each utility establish a tariff for the purchase of C-BED wind energy. The purpose of the tariff is to encourage and promote broader local participation in wind energy development.

    Beginning June 17, 2008, Xcel Energy will be accepting proposals for new Minnesota wind generation resources to be in commercial operation by Dec. 31, 2009. Xcel Energy will seek approvals for any resulting Renewable Energy Purchase Agreements from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The submission deadline is July 11, 2008."

    Click here to go to the Xcel Energy website and download a complete copy of the 2008 RFP.

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