This blog from a Bloomberg writer shows dramatically how wind lowers electric rates for consumers, and threatens the coal and nuclear industries. We can't help but note that the writer fails to mention that coal and nuclear energy are subsidized to a much greater extent than is wind.
Special thanks to our volunteers who helped out so much at this year's exhibit.
Extra special recognition goes to volunteers extraordinare Paul Dinyer and Todd Triebold. Paul and Todd have volunteered with us at the fair every year for at least the last 4 years, and have gone well above and beyond in helping us out each year. Besides staffing the exhibit Paul helped us move in and move out. And Todd worked an amazing 7 shifts. So, extra special thanks to you guys. You ROCK!
The Wind Program recently (Aug. 2013) released its first annual distributed wind technology market report. According to the report:
- Distributed wind systems account for 68 percent of all wind turbines installed in the U.S. in the past decade.
- Distributed wind capacity grew by 62 percent in 2012.
- Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, California, and Massachusetts led the states for all cumulative distributed wind installations over the past 10 years.
In May of 2013 Minnesota's net metering policy was updated to allow for a higher limit on the size of projects eligible for net metering. You can find a more detailed version of the policy here, but we've compiled the most important bits of information in this infographic for your visual and educational pleasure.
Congratulations to Heather Rhoads-Weaver, recipient of the Service in Community Wind Award, and to John Pimentel, recipient of the Community Wind Innovator Award!
Windustry's work to assist in starting up community wind projects in Montana, Wisconsin and West Virginia will continue well into 2013, thanks to an extension of the grant funding this work approved by the USDA.
The Sand Creek Winds project in northeastern Montana is farthest along, as this group of landowners cooperates very well internally, and the wind resource is very good. Their business has hired a staff person, and has also successfully applied for a queue position with WAPA, the regional transmission organization.
MINNEAPOLIS, JUNE 29, 2012 – Three Germans touring Minnesota as part of a three-week professional exchange program came to Windustry on Friday, June 29, 2012, in order to discuss Windustry’s efforts to involve individuals and communities in expanding Minnesota’s wind energy production.
ATLANTA, JUNE 7, 2012- Windustry was honored at the 11th Annual All-States Summit at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center in Atlanta on June 7, 2012, receiving Wind Powering America's Midwestern Regional Wind Leadership Award.