The Hale Community Wind Project is under development in Texas, and at 1.1 Gigawatts, may become the largest farm in the nation with this type of ownership structure. The July issue of North American Wind Power cited the Windustry when describing the benefits community wind.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma, a utility with about 540,000 customers, is planning to buy 600 MW of wind power, expecting to save $53 million in the first year, with savings increasing each year thereafter over the 20-year life of the contract. A step toward execution of the contract was announced today, January 24, 2014. For more go here.
Visual impacts associated with wind development projects are often among the issues of greatest concern for surrounding property owners and the community. A guide issued by the Clean Energy States Alliance, A Visual Impact Assessment Process for Wind Energy Projects, provides an effective and objective aesthetic impact assessment review methodology that provides clear guidance for developers, planners, and regulatory decision makers and also ensures the protection of important scenic and cultural resources.
“As wind development continues to grow throughout the United States, many state and local governments are in the process of creating or revising their evaluation processes for assessing visual impacts of wind energy projects,” states the report. “There is little consistency as to what information should be submitted by a wind developer to the relevant regulatory review body. The basis for evaluating and determining the degree of visual impacts presented by proposed wind projects is often poorly understood by regulators, developers, and the general public. Establishment of clear and consistent visual impact review processes will assist developers and regulators alike and provide greater public confidence in the integrity and fairness of regulatory decision making for wind project siting.”
A Visual Impact Assessment Process for Wind Energy Projects is available on the CESA website.
Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a nonprofit coalition of state clean energy funds working together to develop and promote clean energy technologies and markets.
The U.S. Department of Energy released the "2010 Wind Technologies Market Report," prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, providing a comprehensive overview of trends in the U.S. wind power market. Despite a trying year in which wind power capacity additions declined significantly compared to both 2008 and 2009, the U.S. remained one of the fastest-growing wind power markets in the world in 2010-second only to China-according to the report.
Great River Energy (GRE) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for community-based energy development (C-BED) renewable energy resources. GRE seeks proposals for energy resources (minimum 40 kW nameplate capacity) delivered to the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. (MISO) wholesale energy market that qualify as Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) under Minnesota Statute §216B.1612 (2010).
ARM Energy Solutions (1998) provides engineering and environmental consulting to both public and private sector clients. ARM has branch offices in State College, Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg, PA and Columbia, MD.
- Wind Energy Engineering & Consulting Services
- Economic and Financial Analysis
- Meteorological Tower Installation
- Wind Speed Data Collection and Analysis
- Land Development Planning, Zoning
- Approval, Permitting Civil Infrastructure Engineering Electrical
- Infrastructure & Substation Design
- Engineering GIS Mapping & Visual Impact Studies
- Environmental Impact Assessments
1129 West Governor Road P.O. Box 797 Hershey, PA 17033
PowerWorks Wind Turbines LLC
15850P Jess Ranch Road
Tracy, California 95377
PowerWorks sells, installs, and provides operation and maintenance services for 100 kW wind turbines; and they provide full-service capabilities for commercial wind farm projects.