The U.S. market for small wind turbines—those with capacities of 100 kilowatts (kW) and less—grew 78% in 2008, with 17.3 megawatts (MW) of new electrical capacity, according to the 2008 AWEA Small Wind Global Market Study released by the American Wind Energy Association.
Grants to help farmers and ranchers with energy audits, energy efficiency, and renewable energy projects
Farmers, ranchers, and other rural small businesses have until July 31, 2009 to apply for grants or loan guarantees to assist with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
- Community Wind Conference 2008 in Albany, New York, organized by Windusty
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) recently granted Windustry $100,000 to organize six regional Community Wind Energy Conferences over the next two years.
ST. PAUL, MN, April 16, 2009 — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MN PUC) has granted the CapX2020 utilities a Certificate of Need to construct three 345-kilovolt electric transmission lines in Minnesota. The three lines will run from Fargo, SD to Monticello, MN; from Hampton, MN through Rochester, MN to La Crosse, WI; and from Brookings, SD to Hampton, MN.
In 2008 U.S. wind energy grew by over 8,500 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity, increasing the nation’s cumulative total by 50% to over 25,300 MW, pushing the U.S. above Germany as the country with the largest amount of wind power capacity installed, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Assocation (AWEA).
MINNEAPOLIS (March 3, 2009) — Windustry was honored as a 2008 Wedgeshare Grant Recipient from the Wedge Co-op, a Minneapolis natural and organic food cooperative with almost 14,000 member-owners. Grants went to a range of organizations that combat hunger, promote food safety, and foster renewable energy and sustainable communities.
American Recovery and Reinvestment ActPresident Obama signs American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Now that Congress has passed and President Obama has signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, how will this help to stimulate Community Wind projects? According to Denise Bode, American Wind Energy Association CEO, "the stimulus bill contains a number of provisions aimed at helping our industry continue the very strong growth in new installations and new jobs we have seen over the past few years."
Featured in this issue
- Dare to DREAM:
Double Renewable Energy in America by 2012
- Wind Energy Would Benefit from Smart Grid
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
How Will Stimulus Bill Help Community Wind?
- Wind Energy Jobs Grew 70% in 2008
- On the Wind Energy Trail
- Dare to DREAM:
“Community-based renewable energy projects can produce big benefits,” according to Julie Curti and Justin Goetz in their article “Rewards of Ownership” in a recent issue of Rural Cooperatives Magazine, published by U.S. Department of Agriculture.
ITC Holdings Corp. has worked to develop the Green Power Express, a network of transmission lines that would facilitate the movement of 12,000 MW of power from the wind-abundant areas in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa to Midwest load centers, such as Chicago, southeastern Wisconsin, Minneapolis and other states that demand clean, renewable energy.