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DOE to Invest $6 Million in Midsize Wind Turbine Technology Development

June 3, 2010 - 12:04pm -- Anonymous
U.S. Department of Energy

Washington DC — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the availability of up to $6 million to advance midsize wind turbine technology in order to boost the speed and scale of midsize turbine deployment. DOE will provide the funding over two years to accelerate the development, testing, and commercialization of domestically manufactured, midsize wind turbines with rated generating capacities between 100 kilowatts and 1 megawatt. Through this funding opportunity, DOE will leverage private-sector technology investment by providing cost-shared partnerships to qualified projects in support of the Administration's drive to create clean-energy jobs, and promote economic development and energy independence. DOE anticipates making up to four initial grants under this competitive solicitation.

Wisconsin PSC Seeks Wind Siting Rules Comments

May 21, 2010 - 9:54am -- Anonymous

Madison - The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is seeking public comment on the proposed wind siting rules, issued today by the PSC. The proposed rules will ultimately result in uniform wind siting standards for local units of government in Wisconsin and ensure consistent local procedures for regulation of wind energy systems.

Nebraska Public Power District RFP for Renewable Generators under 10MW

May 7, 2010 - 9:20am -- Anonymous

Nebraska Public Power District announced a Request for Proposals to purchase electric generation capacity, energy, and associated environmental attributes from small renewable electric generators under 10MW.

Projects must be PURPA Qualifying Facilities and must be larger than the maximum size allowed for net metering with the interconnecting utility. The maximum net-metering size for NPPD is 25kw, while the maximum size varies for wholesale customers.

USDA Funding for Renewable Energy Available

May 4, 2010 - 1:29pm -- Anonymous


Washington, D.C., May 4, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications to increase the production and use of renewable energy sources. Funding is available from four USDA Rural Development renewable energy programs authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). USDA is accepting applications for grants and loan guarantees in the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) until June 30, 2010.

Rural Summit on Capitol Hill Seeks Sustainable Solutions

April 29, 2010 - 12:04pm -- Anonymous
“Local ownership through Community Wind development not only provides initial construction jobs, but more importantly it provides long-term economic activity.”
—Dan Juhl, Chairman and CEO, Juhl Wind, Inc.

Washington, D.C., April 28, 2010 - U.S. Senators Harry Reid, Blanche Lincoln, and Debbie Stabenow were joined by former president Bill Clinton and wind energy developer Dan Juhl as they hosted a Rural Summit at the capitol. The event brought together stakeholders from communities around the country to focus on revitalizing rural America through economic development and job creation, and preserving the rural way of life for future generations.

Vast Majority of Americans Want More Wind Power

April 22, 2010 - 3:49pm -- Anonymous
“An overwhelming majority of American voters, on a bipartisan basis, want more wind power.”

—Bennett, Petts & Normington

"Increasing the amount of energy America gets from wind is a good idea," agree 89% of American voters, according to a new poll released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The poll shows that only clean energy sources incuding wind, solar, and natural gas receive a favorable opinion, while coal and oil are given unfavorable ratings, and nuclear energy has split ratings with no majority opinion.

Unprecedented Growth of U.S. and Global Wind Energy

April 16, 2010 - 6:21pm -- Anonymous

But Will the Growth Continue?

United States wind power capacity increased by over 10 gigawatts (GW) in 2009, 20% more than was added in 2008, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). That brings total U.S. capacity to over 35 GW, more than any other country on the planet, providing 1.8% of our national electric power. Similarly, the demand for small wind systems for residential and small business use (rated capacity of 100 kW or less) grew 15% in 2009, adding 20 MW of generating capacity to the nation.

Massachusetts Community-Scale Wind Initiative Funding

March 26, 2010 - 2:07pm -- Anonymous

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's (MassCEC) Community-Scale Wind Initiative awards grants for qualifying wind projects with a nameplate capacity greater than or equal to 100 kilowatts (kW.) A project is eligible for funding if it is located at a commercial, industrial, institutional, or public site, and if the electric system will be served by a Massachusetts investor-owned electric utility company or a Municipal Light Plant Department that pays into the Renewable Energy Trust Fund.


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