March 11, 2014. US Department of Energy announces Windustry recipient of grant to create a regional wind resource center. The announcement, from the DOE's Stakeholder Engagement & Outreach Newsletter, is reproduced below.
Recent years have seen major growth in wind energy, and deployment projections indicate this trend will continue for all parts of the wind industry, from small distributed and community wind projects to massive land-based and offshore utility-scale facilities. Record numbers of Americans see wind energy as an important contributor to a secure and clean energy portfolio, and thousands of decisions are made every year at the household, local, state, and regional levels about wind energy development.
To help ensure that these decisions are made based on the most up-to-date information, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce six Wind Energy Regional Resource Centers, selected through a competitive process administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The resource centers and their operators are:
Northeast Wind Resource Center, operated by the Clean Energy Group and Sustainable Energy Advantage
America's Islanded Grids Resource Center, operated by the Renewable Energy Alaska Project and Island Institute and covering islanded communities across the United States and U.S. Territories
Northwest Wind Resource and Action Center, operated by Renewable Northwest Project
Southeast Regional Resource Center for Wind Energy, operated by the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition
Four Corners Wind Resource Center, operated by the Utah Clean Energy Alliance
Midwest and Prairie Regional Wind Resource Center, operated by Windustry.
Windustry partnered with the Iowa Wind Energy Association in submitting its proposal for this grant and we are delighted to report that our submission was successful. A presentation on the proposal was given to the Iowa Wind Energy Association annual meeting March 12, 2014.