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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


Microsoft’s 2-Year Journey to 285 MW of Wind Energy

Rocky Mountain Institute Blog, Aug. 6, 2015, by Stephen Abbott.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2015_08_06_microsofts_two_year
_journey_to_285_mega_watts_of_wind_energy


"Over the past two years, Microsoft has contracted for 285 MW of renewable power from two off-site wind energy projects. These two wind farms—capable of generating enough electricity to power 125,000 U.S. homes—could not have been built without the long-term off-take agreement provided by Microsoft, demonstrating the large-scale impact that companies can have on renewable energy deployment. The Business Renewables Center (BRC), an RMI-convened initiative and member-led platform, is working to accelerate corporate procurement of off-site renewable energy such as Microsoft’s, by bringing together corporate buyers, project developers, and service providers."

The Next Generation of Wind Energy

Buildings, June 2015, by Jenny Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18947/title/the%20next%20generation%20of%20wind/viewall/true.aspx

"Considering wind energy but don’t have the space for a large turbine? Utility-scale models aren’t the only option that can turn gusts and breezes into renewable power. Unlike its taller cousins, a vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) has a compact footprint and can be installed on rooftops or a corner of your property. This design flexibility makes it a suitable alternative for urban locations where a traditional turbine is out of the question. Learn how a VAWT can help your facility generate clean power when space is limited."

2015 Wind Turbine Buyer’s Guide: Why, Where & How To Do Wind Electricity

Home Power Magazine, May/June 2015, by Ian Woofenden & Roy Butler.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/wind-power/equipment-products/2015-wind-turbine-buyer%E2%80%99s-guide

"Making electricity with the wind is not easy. As seasoned wind-energy installers with decades of experience, we—as well as thousands of others who live with home-scale wind turbines—tell a challenging tale. And the small wind industry today reflects those challenges, with long-established companies struggling and going under while the cost of reliable solar-electric modules continues to drop. If you think you want a wind-electric system, first think smart, then realistically."

The Game Changer [Energy Storage]

Solar Today, April 30, 2015, by Maureen McIntyre (Editor & publisher)
http://solartoday.org/2015/04/the-game-changer/

"The global energy landscape is shifting, and the game changer is energy storage."

Enabling Wind Power Nationwide

U.S. Department of Energy, May 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/wind/downloads/enabling-wind-power-nationwide

A new report "shows how the United States can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment in all 50 states—made possible through the next-generation of larger wind turbines. It highlights wind energy’s potential to generate electricity even in states with no utility-scale wind energy development today."

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."

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