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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

Wind


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.

6 Considerations for Wind

Buildings Magazine, Nov. 2014, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18127/title/6-considerations-for-wind.aspx

"Learn about the breezy benefits of this renewable power source. You don’t need gale-force winds to invest in a turbine. This form of renewable energy is breezing its way onto schools, hotels, office parks, and college campuses. As long as you have available land and an eye for a long-range payback, wind can help you secure clean energy in your own backyard."

How Turbine Controls Impact Wake Behavior

North American Windpower, Nov. 2014, by Brian Hirth & John Schroeder.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1411/FEAT_04_How-Turbine-Controls-Impact-Wake-Behavior.html

"Turbine-to-turbine wake interaction has been widely accepted as a significant contributor to the underperformance and reduced reliability of modern wind plants....The use of scanning remote sensing technologies to measure wind plant complex flows provides the opportunity to construct real-time, comprehensive wind maps that could serve as an input into the next generation of individual turbine and wind plant control schemes."

American-Made Wind Turbine Blades

News Release, Sandia National Laboratories, Sept. 2014.
https://share.sandia.gov/news/resources/news_releases/american_turbine/#.VFv_cmx0wWo

"Sandia National Laboratories is helping makers of wind turbine blades improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication and finishing. This improved productivity makes domestic blades more cost competitive with blades from countries that pay workers lower wages. The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (AMII), a three-year $6.3 million project, brought together researchers from Sandia, Iowa State University, and TPI Composites of Scottsdale, Ariz., which operates a turbine blade factory in Newton, Iowa."

Prepare Your Renewable Plant for Cold Weather Operations

Power Magazine, Oct. 2014, by Sonal Patel and Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/prepare-your-renewable-plant-for-cold-weather-operations/

"Although renewable generation is typically less affected by winter weather than gas- and coal-fired plants, it is far from weatherproof. Understanding the risks and preparing properly for them can avoid most problems."

Can U.S. Offshore [Wind] Clear Cost Reduction Hurdle?

North American Windpower, Sept. 2014, by Michael W. Drunsic, Chris Elkinton & Paul Reynolds.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1409/FEAT_01_Can-U-S-Offshore-Clear-Cost-Reduction-Hurdle.html

"After a decade of slow progress, the U.S. offshore wind industry is gaining momentum, and there are many reasons to be optimistic about its future. However, the relatively high cost of offshore wind energy continues to represent the single biggest challenge facing the emerging U.S. market."

Study: Price of Wind in the U.S. at All-Time Low

Wind Systems, Sept. 2014.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/727/study-price-of-wind-in-the-us-at-all-time-low

"Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged just $25/MWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2013, spurring demand for wind energy."

The full LBNL report, 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report, is available at http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2014/08/f18/2013%20Wind%20Technologies%20Market%20Report_1.pdf
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