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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Windpower

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North American Wind Power Fast Facts

energG, Mar.-Apr. 2015.
http://www.altenerg.com/_resources/back_issues/mar-apr-2014/enerG.MA.2014.NA.WindPower.FastFacts.pdf

"energy's authoritative listing of the largest wind power projects in North America and the leading U.S.states and Canadian provinces in wind power."

Assessing Performance Upgrades: Free Does Not Always Mean Free [Windpower]

North American Windpower, Mar. 2015, by Alex Byrne.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1503/FEAT_02_Assessing-Performance-Upgrades-Free-Does-Not-Always-Mean-Free.html

"Wind farm owners and operators need to carefully examine so-called performance upgrades for optimal turbine performance."

New Interactive Map Shows Big Potential for America’s Wind Energy Future

U.S. Department of Energy, Mar. 31, 2015.
http://www.energy.gov/articles/new-interactive-map-shows-big-potential-america-s-wind-energy-future

"Wind power is growing rapidly in America. In fact, wind has accounted for 33 percent of all newly installed electricity generation capacity in the years spanning from 2006 to 2013. The United States now gets about 4.6 percent of its electricity from wind power. But how can this pattern of strong growth continue and how will a thriving wind industry help the public and improve the environment? Our new Wind Vision Report seeks to answer those questions and more, using data from a team of researchers, academics, scientists, engineers and wind industry experts to map out the future of wind energy in the U.S."

Energy Department Releases New Wind Report, Examines Future of Industry

U.S. Department of Energy News Release, Mar. 12, 2015.
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-releases-new-wind-report-examines-future-industry

"The Energy Department today released a new report looking at the future of wind power through 2050 and the economic benefits that come with a robust wind industry. The report, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, confirms that with technological advancements driving projected cost reductions, in combination with continued siting and transmission development, wind power can be economically deployed to provide renewable power in all 50 states."

New Funding Opportunity to Develop Larger Wind Turbine Blades

U.S. Department of Energy, EERE, Mar. 16, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/new-funding-opportunity-develop-larger-wind-turbine-blades

"The Energy Department today announced $1.8 million in funding for the development of larger wind turbine blades that will help capture more power from wind resources and increase the efficiency of wind energy systems."

The Eiffel Tower Now Generates Its Own Power with New Wind Turbines

CNET Magazine, Feb. 24, 2015, by Michelle Starr.
http://www.cnet.com/news/the-eiffel-tower-now-generates-its-own-power-with-new-wind-turbines/

"The famous Paris landmark has been fitted with two new wind turbines that generate enough electricity to power the commercial areas of its first floor."

SRP Will Provide Free Wind Energy to Super Bowl

AZCentral News, Jan. 14, 2015, by Ryan Randazzo.
http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/super-bowl/2015/01/13/srp-providing-free-solar-super-bowl/21714831/

"Salt River Project will light the Feb. 1 Super Bowl in metro Phoenix with electricity from wind power."

Amazon Will Support 150 MW Indiana Wind Farm to Power the Cloud

Utility Dive, Jan. 22, 2015, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/amazon-will-support-150-mw-indiana-wind-farm-to-power-the-cloud/355279/

"In November 2014, AWS [Amazon Web Services] shared a long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure footprint. The company called the power purchase agreement (PPA) backing the Fowler Ridge facility 'an important step toward that goal'."

Tree-Shaped Wind Turbines Blend Into the Scenery

Discovery News, Dec. 2014, by Tracy Staedter.
http://news.discovery.com/tech/alternative-power-sources/tree-shaped-wind-turbines-blend-into-the-scenery-141230.htm

"Seventy-two artificial leaves that work as micro-turbines adorn the branches and spin silently on a vertical axis. Cables and generators have been integrated into the leaves and branches in a way that puts them out of sight and sound. The beautiful and functional device is the brainchild of French entrepreneur Jérôme Michaud-Larivière, who said the idea for a tree-inspired wind generator came to him one day while sitting in a square, watching the leaves on nearby trees tremble in a breeze. He wondered if energy could be generated in a similar way."


The U.S. Wind Industry: Where It's Been and Where It's Going

North American Windpower, Dec. 2014, by Robert C. Rugh.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1412/FEAT_05_The-U-S-Wind-Industry-Where-It-Is-Been-And-Where%20It-Is-Going.html

"Just as it has over the past decade, American wind power should continue its ascent as a mainstream technology.
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