• E3 2010

    USDA Windustry is pleased to support E3 2010, a conference presented by The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment.

    Focus will be on research and innovative technologies in the renewable energy sector.

    E3 2010: November 30 & December 1, 2010
    Saint Paul RiverCentre
    Registration now open!

    Researchers, students, government officials, and nonprofit and business leaders from Minnesota and across the nation are expected to attend E3 2010. The goal of E3 is to share knowledge and discoveries in the areas of renewable energy and the environment while bringing together the world’s leading researchers and experts.

  • Drexel University Commits to 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Wind Energy

    (PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7) Drexel University announced it will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 100 percent of its energy use, ensuring that 84,268 megawatt hours of electricity will be matched annually with wind energy entering the electricity grid.

    This purchase will place Drexel among the top five university purchasers in the nation, according to the current Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership rankings.

    The Renewable Energy Credits will be supplied by renewable energy marketer and developer Community Energy.

    Compared to the average generation mix in the national electric grid, the environmental benefit from this purchase is equal to offsetting approximately 60,518 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, the annual impact of which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 12,904 acres of trees or removing 11,571 passenger vehicles from the road, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator.

    Drexel was recently honored by PennFuture, a leading Pennsylvania environmental advocacy organization, with a Green Power Award for leadership in energy efficiency, including deploying an energy monitoring system at the main campus.www.drexel.edu

  • Engaging film about bringing a wind farm to life to be screened during conferences

    The story of Utah's first wind farm makes for a fascinating film documentary. It will be screened as part of the Community Wind Across America conferences in the Rocky Mountain region.

    Wind Uprising

    “Wind Uprising” is a documentary film that chronicles the trail-blazing journey of two Utah natives to develop their state’s first wind project. Winner of the Seven Summits Award at the Mountain Film Festival (February 2010), the film tells the inspiring story of a wind entrepreneur and an engineer, detailing the roadblocks and solutions to the common market, policy, and community issues that arise in developing energy development. It provides important ideas for policymakers, regulators, and residents about how they encourage wind power development in their communities.

     “Wind Uprising” was created by professors Cathy Hartman and Edwin Stafford, of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, and Michelle Nunez of GreenTech Films.

     Hartman and Stafford are part of the Center for the Market Diffusion of Renewable Energy and Clean Technology and have engaged with local grassroots and entrepreneurial efforts to jumpstart wind development in Utah. They recognized the historic significance in this story in that it illustrates how success of clean energy hinges on not only establishing markets for utilities, but also building social movements in communities.


  • Small Wind Conference 2010 draws large and engaged group

    Windustry helped organize and produce the sixth annual Small Wind Conference, held this past June in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Nearly 400 small wind systems and business colleagues attended from across the United States, as well as Mexico, Canada, Europe, Japan, and South Korea.

    A keynote address kicked off the two-day event, given by Larry Flowers, National Wind Technology Center Principal Project Leader at National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Guests then enjoyed networking opportunities and presentations covering relevant and timely topics for policy analysts, manufacturers, and installers.

    The conference wrapped up in Pfiffner Park, on the beautiful Wisconsin Riverfront, at a barbeque sponsored by Bergey Windpower.

    Small Wind Conference 2010 presentation highlights:

    • Administrators of three state public-benefits programs explained what they look for in grant applications.
    • Manufacturers gave updates on the status of their companies and products, including an in-depth look at midsized turbines (turbines above 100 kW and below 1000kW), a fast growing segment of community wind installations.
    • Presentations for installers discussed climbing safety, what installers need in order to make their businesses sustainable, and a brainstorming session to help organize a working group to craft a best practices and standards document.
    • National Standards, for both turbines and installers, was the subject of a panel discussion with representatives from the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC), the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and Underwriters Laboratories. Topics included certification, safety codes, turbine testing and results, wind resource measurement, and siting.
    • Poster sessions included presentations on wind energy education, wind assessment techniques, turbine manufacturers, and regional small wind test centers at Department of Energy/NREL

    Award presenters and recipients

    Awards given during the conference recognized individual contributions, while also highlighting milestones, in the small wind field:

    • Robert Preus, of XZERES Wind, was presented with the Wind Powering America Small Wind Advocate Award for his leadership and dedication in championing the US small wind turbine market, and particularly for his advocacy work to remove small wind barriers in Texas, Idaho, and Oregon.
    • Dr. Robert Wills, PE, from Windmonitoring.com, was recognized along with Preus, for updating the National Electric Code to include comprehensive requirements for small wind turbines that will increase safety and validate the small wind industry.
    • Lisa and Joe DiFrancisco, of North Coast Energy Systems in Pennsylvania, received the Small Wind Conference Installer of the Year Award for their work in advancing the interests of small wind in the eastern United States.
    • Ken Starcher, of the Alternative Energy Institute in Texas, received The Small Wind Educator Award for his role in advocating for small wind technology and educating numerous university students, international interns, and consumers on small wind industry issues.

    The annual conference is developed and coordinated by a Small Wind Conference Coordinating Committee. This year, it was supported by a record, 22 sponsors and 25 exhibitors. The seventh annual Small Wind Conference will take place on June 13 - 15 in Stevens Point at the Holiday Inn Conference Center.

    Evening by the River at the Small Wind Conference

  • U.S. DOE 2010 webinar series: Community Wind Across America Webinar - Sept. 15, 2010

    U.S. Department of Energy Denver CO - As part of its 2010 webinar series, U.S. DOE’s Wind Powering America program is presenting Community Wind Across America. Windustry Executive Director Lisa Daniels will join other presenters in a discussion of the benefits of strategic partnerships.

    Sept. 15, 2010, 10 a.m. to noon, MDT.

    This webinar explores how consumer-owned utilities and the communities they serve can benefit from partnering with other utilities to gain economies of scale for wind projects.

    Community wind projects bring together state and local economic development and policy makers with utilities and members of the agriculture and wind energy industries to advance opportunities for locally-owned clean energy production.

    Consumers benefit from increased diversity and grid reliability, while utilities reduce the need for new transmission lines.

    Some of the topics the agenda will cover include:

    • Local, regional and national policies
    • Business models
    • Financing Incentives
    • Equipment procurement
    • Construction Power purchase agreements
    • Operation and maintenance

    Presentations and case studies will cover practical information on how to partner in putting together a community wind project.

    The information focuses on such issues as how to choose a turbine, installation and rebates and grants.

    The webinar will also serve as a preview for the regional Community and Small Wind Energy Conference series Windustry is sponsoring this fall. Those live events will take place in

    • Denver, Colo., Oct. 26 to 27
    • St. Paul, Minn., Nov. 15 to 16
    • College Station, Penn., Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.

    The main audience for the webinar is utility staff involved in developing and implementing renewable energy resource portfolios. Other stakeholders and interested parties who can benefit from the information include farmers, ranchers, rural landowners, economic development professionals, elected officials, business leaders, tribal representatives, investors, bankers, town planners and community leaders.

    Although the webinar is free, you must register to participate. To register, e-mail your name, affiliation, address, phone and e-mail address to Guy Nelson.

    You will recevie the webinar’s internet and phone access numbers by noon Sept. 13. By registering, you agree to allow your contact information to be shared with the supporters of the webinar.

    Community Wind Across America Webinar is supported by Western, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Windustry, and Wind Powering America.

  • Radio News Feature Reports on Upcoming Wind Conference in Albany

    A report from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service interviews Windustry Executive Director Lisa Daniels about the upcoming community and small wind conference in Albany, NY, October 26-28.

    Listen to the report:
    NAFB Interview on Wind Conference

    "The conference will provide all of the information rural landowners need to unlock the economic growth potential of locally-owned wind energy,: says Lisa. "Attendees will see what wind energy can do and what kind of environment it does best in." 

  • German leaders visit Windustry during three-week professional exchange program

    MINNEAPOLIS, JUNE 29, 2012 – Three Germans touring Minnesota as part of a three-week professional exchange program came to Windustry on Friday, June 29, 2012, in order to discuss Windustry’s efforts to involve individuals and communities in expanding Minnesota’s wind energy production.

    Ms. Ulrike Gauderer, project manager at NaturPur Institute, HSE AG, in Darmstadt; Mr. David Simon, head of the Office of Cem Özdemir, co-chairman of Alliance 90/The Greens; and Mr. Matthias Thorns, senior regional adviser on Europe, International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in Geneva, are guests of the U.S. Department of State and are part of a national project called, “Greening of America with an Emphasis on Renewable Energies.” The group’s goals are to talk with political leaders, think-tank experts, academics, and industry representatives about the U.S. decision-making process for green energy policy formulation; to explore the research and development of clean energy technologies; to learn about strategies for supporting a green economy; and to analyze movements towards building green communities, with an emphasis on sustainability, public outreach, and education.

  • Windustry among honorees at 11th Annual All-States Summit

    ATLANTA, JUNE 7, 2012- Windustry was honored at the 11th Annual All-States Summit at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center in Atlanta on June 7, 2012, receiving Wind Powering America's Midwestern Regional Wind Leadership Award.

    Created in 2004, the award was given to Windustry in honor of the Minneapolis-based organization’s support of community wind development and the Community Wind across America conference series.

    We are surprised and honored to receive this recognition,” said Windustry executive director Lisa Daniels, who accepted the award on behalf of the Windustry staff and board. “The Windustry team worked intensely on the Community Wind Across America series to help grow the market and increase visibility and awareness of community and small wind in many regions of the US.”

    For the second year, network stakeholders participated in an online survey to nominate individuals for awards. Team members at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Energy Department reviewed the nominations and presented the following awards: Midwestern Regional Leadership Award, Windustry; Outstanding Wind Working Group, Georgia Wind Working Group; Outstanding Leadership in Education, Gwen Andersen of St. Francis University; Outstanding Wind Powering America Partner, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; Larry Flowers Outstanding Leadership Award, Mackinaw Power and the Gratiot Community Wind Project; Outstanding Young Advocate Award, Karin Wadsack of Northern Arizona University; Small Wind Leadership Award, Brett Pingree; Western Regional Leadership Award, Western Interstate Energy Board; Eastern Regional Leadership Award, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Lifetime Achievement Award, Dwight Bailey of the U.S. Department of Energy and National Energy Technology Laboratory.

    Wind Powering America is a nation-wide initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy’s wind program that is committed to increasing wind energy use and development in the United States. For more information, go to http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/.