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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


Wind Proves it Can Hold Its Own in Tough Times

Wind Power Monthly, Feb. 2014, by David Milborrow.
http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1228422/wind-proves-hold-its-own-tough-times

"The increasingly competitive position of wind as an electricity-generating source has been highlighted in Windpower Monthly for some time, but in 2013 a number of influential international organisations, such as the International Energy Agency and the World Energy Council, also reflected this view. The exact position of wind vis a vis cost comparison varies, depending on the price of competing fuels, but the debate over the relative economics of wind and nuclear power has acquired clear evidence over the past 12 months that wind is cheaper than nuclear."

Active Power Controls from Wind Power: Bridging the Gaps

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Technical Report NREL/TP-5D00-60574, Jan. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/60574.pdf

"NREL, along with partners from the Electric Power Research Institute and University of Colorado and collaboration from a large international industry stakeholder group, embarked on a comprehensive study to understand the ways in which wind power technology can assist the power system by providing control of its active power output being injected onto the grid. The focus of this report is a mitigation strategy that is not often discussed and is in some ways counterintuitive: the use of wind power to support power system reliability by providing active power control (APC) at fast timescales."

Evolving Codes: Ensuring Wind Turbine Safety

North American Clean Energy, Jan/Feb 2014, by Kenneth Boyce.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/magazine/janfeb2014/index.html#p=18

"Wind power generation resources continue to grow in North America and around the world, now representing a significant proportion of new electrical power capacity. In cases of rapid development and deployment of energy infrastructure--such as what is happening with new wind power resources--standards become a critical foundation."

The Best Wind Power Hardware of 2013

Windpower Monthly, January 2014.
http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1225237/turbines-year---best-wind-power-hardware-2013

"We pick our way through the technological trends and product developments of 2013 to find and award the cream of the crop. We proudly present the medal-worthy winners and the runners-up in Windpower Monthly's second turbines of the year report."
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