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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

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Top Five Topics Wind Schools Should Be Teaching Future Wind-Turbine Technicians

Wind Systems, April 2017, by Walter Christmas.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1450/condensing-the-curriculum

"Today’s wind-energy technology students want to compress their education into a year or less so they can enter the industry workforce right away. Similarly, industry employers can’t wait two years or longer for technicians to gain the skills and knowledge needed to be highly capable and trainable wind-turbine technicians. They need good technicians now. This pressure from both sides is pushing wind-energy training programs to consider becoming leaner with their curriculum."

The Distributed Wind Cost Taxonomy

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Mar. 2017.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy17osti/67992.pdf

"To date, there has been no standard method or tool to analyze the installed and operational costs for distributed wind turbine systems. This report describes the development of a classification system, or taxonomy, for distributed wind turbine project costs. The taxonomy establishes a framework to help collect, sort, and compare distributed wind cost data that mirrors how the industry categorizes information. The taxonomy organizes costs so they can be aggregated from installers, developers, vendors, and other sources without losing cost details."

An Assessment of the Economic Potential of Offshore Wind in the United States from 2015 to 2030

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Mar. 2017.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy17osti/67675.pdf/

"This study describes an assessment of the site-specific variation of levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and levelized avoided cost of energy (LACE) to understand the economic potential of fixed-bottom and floating offshore wind technologies in major U.S. coastal areas between 2015 and 2030."

What Are Wind Techs, Why Are They So In Demand, and How Do You Become One?

AWEA Blog, Mar. 27, 2017, by Anna Luke.
http://www.aweablog.org/wind-techs-demand-become-one/

"The average growth rate for all occupations is seven percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But for wind turbine technicians? It’s 108 percent. That means the amount of men and women employed fixing and maintaining wind towers will more than double between 2014 and 2024. There’s no denying it– wind techs are in demand."

Preparing For More DG On the Grid: No Two-Way Power Flow About It?

Public Power, Mar/Apr 2017, by Laura D'Alessandro.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=47668

"Installing solar panels seems simple, according to all those companies selling them. Just sign up, invite someone onto your roof to install them, and boom, you’re in business — generating power even when the grid goes down. Right? Not exactly."

Top Six [Wind] News Stories To Start 2017 as First Quarter Closes

AWEA Blog, Mar. 31, 2017, by Anna Luke.
http://www.aweablog.org/top-six-good-news-stories-builds-2017-first-quarter-closes/

"Since the start of the year, there have been almost too many exciting developments in wind power to count. But we’ll try! Here are six top news items from the first three months of the year."

US Wind Generation Reached 5.5% Of the Grid In 2016.

AWEA Press Release, Mar. 6, 2017.
http://www.awea.org/MediaCenter/pressrelease.aspx?ItemNumber=9999

"Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota all sourced more than 20 percent of their electricity generation from wind power during 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). It shows wind supplied over 5.5 percent of electricity nationwide, up from 4.7 percent in 2015."


New Database for Hundreds of Test Reports [Wind Turbine Maintenance]

Wind Systems Magazine, Feb. 2017, by Thomas Arnold.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1392/new-database-for-hundreds-of-test-reports

"Computer program summarizes test results from periodic turbine inspections."

Wind Power Considerations

Solar Today, Winter 2016-2017, by Mick Sagrillo.
https://tinyurl.com/z5jh7h4

"Today's small wind turbines are a reliable way to cut utility bills and help mitigate global climate change. At the core of the small wind industry lies a mature, tried-and-tested technology. This growing industry also attracts a lot of start-up businesses; unfortunately many of them based on half-baked ideas or wishful thinking... Here is a list of issues to consider when shopping for a small wind system."

100% of Electric Dutch Trains Now Run on Wind Power

Wired, Jan. 11, 2017, by Victoria Woollaston.
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/dutch-trains-wind-power

"Every electric train on the Dutch railways NS network now gets 100 per cent of its energy from wind energy. NS Dutch Railways has partnered with energy company Eneco to use its wind turbines to generate the energy needed to power all of its electric trains. The pair had hoped to achieve this milestone by 2018 but managed the feat as of January 1 this year."
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