• 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:


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


  • 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.

  • Community Wind Energy 2008 Conference Proceedings Now Available

    Windustry’s Community Wind Energy 2008 was a national conference bringing economic development, agriculture and wind energy together to advance opportunities for locally-owned clean energy production. Over 400 attendees from 36 states, 4 provinces and 5 countries shared experiences and information to harness the growing momentum for new models, new policies and new projects.

    The conference featured dynamic plenary sessions and eighteen exciting and informative breakout sessions covering both Community Wind and Residential and Small Scale Wind.

    Presentations topics included everything from policy to new markets to the basic how-to of putting up a wind turbine.

    On the proceedings disc, you’ll find more than 28 hours of MP3 audio recordings of the sessions and speakers, including question and answer sessions. You’ll also find PDF copies of presenters’ slides.

    If you were a registered participant in the conference, a copy has been mailed to you. If you were unable to attend the event, you may still purchase a copy.

    Click here to see the conference program.