Windustry Awarded DOE Grant to Create Regional Wind Resource Center

March 11, 2014. US Department of Energy announces Windustry recipient of grant to create a regional wind resource center. The announcement, from the DOE's Stakeholder Engagement & Outreach Newsletter, is reproduced below.

Recent years have seen major growth in wind energy, and deployment projections indicate this trend will continue for all parts of the wind industry, from small distributed and community wind projects to massive land-based and offshore utility-scale facilities. Record numbers of Americans see wind energy as an important contributor to a secure and clean energy portfolio, and thousands of decisions are made every year at the household, local, state, and regional levels about wind energy development.

To help ensure that these decisions are made based on the most up-to-date information, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce six Wind Energy Regional Resource Centers, selected through a competitive process administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The resource centers and their operators are:

  • Northeast Wind Resource Center, operated by the Clean Energy Group and Sustainable Energy Advantage
  • America's Islanded Grids Resource Center, operated by the Renewable Energy Alaska Project and Island Institute and covering islanded communities across the United States and U.S. Territories
  • Northwest Wind Resource and Action Center, operated by Renewable Northwest Project
  • Southeast Regional Resource Center for Wind Energy, operated by the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition
  • Four Corners Wind Resource Center, operated by the Utah Clean Energy Alliance
  • Midwest and Prairie Regional Wind Resource Center, operated by Windustry.

Windustry partnered with the Iowa Wind Energy Association in submitting its proposal for this grant and we are delighted to report that our submission was successful. A presentation on the proposal was given to the Iowa Wind Energy Association annual meeting March 12, 2014.

Where the Wind Farms Are

In February (2014) the USGS published an interactive map of the wind farms in the U.S., through July 2013. If you have a fast connection you can drill down and get information about the turbines and specific locations of the wind farms and of the individual turbines. For more on this USGS effort, click here

Click on the map to go directly to it.

New Report Finds No Relationship Between Property Values and Wind

A new study (Jan 2014) on the relationship between residential property values and wind development by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of Connecticut has just been reported. The study examined more than 122,000 home sales near 26 wind facilities (with over 1,500 within one mile of operating turbines) in Massachusetts, yet was unable to uncover any impacts to property values.

 “This is the third of three major studies we have conducted on this topic [the first was published in 2009, and the second last August], and in all studies [using three different datasets] we find no statistical evidence that operating wind turbines have had any measureable impact on home sales prices,” says Ben Hoen, the co-author of the new report.

 A webinar is being offered by the authors on January 22, 2014 at 9:30 am PST, 12:30 pm EST. For the report and to register for the webinar go here. For a bit more from the authors click here.

Danish Record 122% Energy from Wind While Maintaining Quality

Preben Maegaard, President Emeritus of the World Wind Energy Association, reports that for a while on November 4 Denmark was generating more electricity from wind alone than its entire demand, and it managed this while maintaining quality. At 122% this was a new record. A near real-time map with figures, updated every 10 minutes or so, can be viewed at http://www.energinet.dk/Flash/Forside/UK/index.html.

Lisa Daniels Spoke at SRI Conference Oct. 29th

Lisa Daniels, Windustry's Executive Director, spoke at the evening plenary session of the SRI Conference at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, October 29. This was the 24th annual SRI Conference, the Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing. Lisa's session was entitled "Redesigning Capitalism: Transformative Ownership that Works".


    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm    Redesigning Capitalism: Transformative Ownership that Works
    Broadmoor Hall A     GENERAL SESSION - PLENARY
                                     Marjorie Kelly, FellowTellus Institute; moderator
                                     Lisa Daniels, Executive DirectorWindustry
                                     Blake Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, Namaste Solar
                                     Andrew Kassoy, Co-founderB Corp

 

The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing

The 24th annual SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, October 28-30, 2013 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The SRI Conference is an annual gathering of the responsible investment industry designed to stimulate, inspire, and serve the needs of investment professionals, as well as institutional and high net worth investors who seek to direct investment capital in positive, healthy, and transformative ways toward a truly sustainable future. As the premier North American conference for the sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing industry, the SRI Conference offers attendees many opportunities to meet and learn from passionate, creative people from all corners of the responsible investment community in the United States and around the world. The conference has been owned and produced by First Affirmative Financial Network since its inception in 1990 in collaboration with many other organizations that serve responsible investors.

A Gathering of Experts

Hundreds of financial professionals and industry practitioners attend The SRI Conference--with somewhat equal representation of the following groups: 1) licensed investment professionals serving investor clients; 2) SRI mutual fund companies, asset managers, social research organizations, and other product/service providers to the industry; and 3) investors, nonprofit organizations including community development banks and credit unions, faith based organizations, and other groups that work with investors on various social change initiatives.

 

Thanks to All Who Visited Us At the Minnesota State Fair!

Special thanks to our volunteers who helped out so much at this year's exhibit.

Extra special recognition goes to volunteers extraordinare Paul Dinyer and Todd Triebold. Paul and Todd have volunteered with us at the fair every year for at least the last 4 years, and have gone well above and beyond in helping us out each year. Besides staffing the exhibit Paul helped us move in and move out. And Todd worked an amazing 7 shifts. So, extra special thanks to you guys. You ROCK!

Some notable achievements:

We made thousands of buttons for the people who stopped in to have their pictures taken and put on a button.

We also collected over a thousand signatures from Minnesotans who expressed their support for wind energy. Thank you!

 

2012 Market Report on Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications

The Wind Program recently (Aug. 2013) released its first annual distributed wind technology market report. According to the report:

  • Distributed wind systems account for 68 percent of all wind turbines installed in the U.S. in the past decade.
  • Distributed wind capacity grew by 62 percent in 2012.
  • Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, California, and Massachusetts led the states for all cumulative distributed wind installations over the past 10 years.

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