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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


Making the Grade: Assessing U.S. [Wind] Policy

North American Windpower, Aug. 2014, by Mark Del Franco.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1408/FEAT_02_Making-The-Grade-Assessing-U.S.-Policy.html

"Industry stakeholders help review several state and federal policy decisions and the potential impacts on wind power."

Includes:
  1. EPA's Clean Power Plan
  2. Ohio's Double Whammy
  3. Master Limited Partnerships
  4. Wind PTC

Electrically Conductive Paste Provides Life Cycle Cost Savings for [Wind] Turbine Electrical Connections

Wind Systems Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Tom Gibson.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/706/electrically-conductive-paste-provides-life-cycle-cost-savings-for-turbine-electrical-connections

"...manufacturers are also standardizing wind turbine systems to make them similar to other electrical systems familiar to maintenance technicians, using established modular industrial connectors for plug-and-play convenience. Plug-in connectors are used when possible, eliminating the time required by traditional mechanical bolt-type connectors. But are the manufacturers and installers taking a serious look at protecting these electronics?

Perhaps the answers lie in looking at how electrical connections on other types of equipment around the world are protected from moisture and corrosion. They often benefit from the use of electrically conductive paste on connections, extending their life span, enhancing safety, and raising their electrical efficiency
."

Reducing Offshore [Wind] Costs Through Integrated Design

Wind Systems Magazine, Jul. 2014, by James Dobbins, David Quarton, Paul Reynolds, and Joe Phillips.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/684/reducing-offshore-costs-through-integrated-design

"Compared to its land-based cousin, offshore wind is a new energy technology. This relative immaturity as well as the technical challenge of offshore wind means that it is currently around 50 percent more expensive to produce a unit of energy offshore than it is onshore. But the stronger, more consistent wind at sea means that there are real opportunities to narrow the gap and there are several government and industry-sponsored programs aimed at doing just that in the UK, Germany and Denmark — all leading countries in the creation of offshore wind sectors."

Case Study: KVCC Wind Turbine Technician Academy

Wind Systems Magazine, Jul. 2014.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/678/case-study-kvcc-wind-turbine-technician-academy

"In 2008, as U.S. wind energy began its trend of exponential growth, Kalamazoo Valley Community College recognized the need for an industry-responsive education program that would rapidly produce highly trained wind workforce."

Project Profiles: Campus Wind Power [Appalachian State University, NC]

Home Power Magazine, Jun./Jul. 2014, by Brent Summerville.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/wind-power/project-profiles/campus-wind-power

"Ten years ago, students at Appalachian State University (ASU) voted to enact a new student fee with the sole purpose of funding renewable energy installations on campus. In 2009, the student-led ASU Renewable Energy Initiate (REI) commissioned its flagship wind installation on the highest and windiest spot on campus. Poised in the background of the football stadium, the highly visible Northwind 100 turbine brought wind energy back to Boone, North Carolina—a town that hosted the experimental 2 megawatt MOD-1 wind turbine in the late 1970s."

2014 Wind Turbine Buyer's Guide

Home Power Magazine, Jun./Jul. 2014, by Ian Woofenden & Roy Butler.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/wind-power/equipment-products/2014-wind-turbine-buyers-guide?v=print

"Without question, wind is a tough renewable energy resource to tap. The best wind resource is high above the ground, requiring tall towers. And it’s an unforgiving resource, pounding on the equipment, which needs to be robust and requires regular maintenance. Building machines that can be productive while withstanding the rigors of life at tower top is no easy task. Add to this that uneducated customers want to keep costs down, and we end up with unrealistic expectations and market pressure for lower-quality equipment. What’s a potential wind energy lover to do?"

BPA Breaks Ground on New Power Line

Bonneville Power Administration Bulletin, May 2014. (See page 1 of the PDF.)
http://www.bpa.gov/news/pubs/Journal/Journal-201405-May-2014.pdf

"BPA will begin constructing the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental transmission line this month. The new line is expected to carry more than 800 megawatts of renewable wind energy, enough to power about half a million Northwest homes when the wind is blowing."

The Year Energy Storage Hit Its Stride

Power Magazine, May 2014, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/the-year-energy-storage-hit-its-stride/

"After operating on the sidelines for years, the energy storage sector is finally poised to begin making its mark, driven by greater policy support and technological advances that have begun making new solutions economic."


Amory's Angle: Ramping Up Renewable Electricity

Rocky Mountain Institute, Winter 2014, by Amory B. Lovins.
http://www.rmi.org/winter_2014_esj_ramping_up_renewable_electricity

"Many people in the electricity industry long thought that the two renewable sources of electricity that vary widely over time—windpower and solar photovoltaics (PVs) —could provide only a few percent of total generation without endangering reliability. Those who still believe this now face increasingly severe reality tests.

As we’ll see, Germany and other countries are successfully powering their grids with astonishingly high fractions of renewable generation by combining five techniques: a) leveraging diverse generation sources across interconnected regional and national grids, b) improving renewables’ forecasting and predictability, c) integrating dispatchable renewables, d) adding distributed storage, and e) leveraging demand response."




Feds Step Up Avian Enforcement: Will You Be Ready?

North American Windpower, Apr. 2014, by Richard Harris Podolsky.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1404/FEAT_03_Feds-Step-Up-Avian-Enforcement-Will-You-Be-Ready.html

"There is a triple whammy emerging in the wind industry that will require developers to be far more proactive than they have been regarding bird and bat issues."
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