March 11, 2014. US Department of Energy announces Windustry recipient of grant to create a regional wind resource center.
In February (2014) the USGS published an interactive map of the wind farms in the U.S., through July 2013. If you have a fast connection you can drill down and get information about the turbines and specific locations of the wind farms and of the individual turbines. For more on this USGS effort, click here.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma, a utility with about 540,000 customers, is planning to buy 600 MW of wind power, expecting to save $53 million in the first year, with savings increasing each year thereafter over the 20-year life of the contract. A step toward execution of the contract was announced today, January 24, 2014. For more go here.
A new study (Jan 2014) on the relationship between residential property values and wind development by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of Connecticut has just been reported. The study examined more than 122,000 home sales near 26 wind facilities (with over 1,500 within one mile of operating turbines) in Massachusetts, yet was unable to uncover any impacts to property values.
Preben Maegaard, President Emeritus of the World Wind Energy Association, reports that for a while on November 4 Denmark was generating more electricity from wind alone than its entire demand, and it managed this while maintaining quality. At 122% this was a new record.
Lisa Daniels, Windustry's Executive Director, spoke at the evening plenary session of the SRI Conference at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, October 29. This was the 24th annual SRI Conference, the Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing. Lisa's session was entitled "Redesigning Capitalism: Transformative Ownership that Works".
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.