Wind energy leaders in most categories held onto their No. 1 positions in the latest version of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) annual rankings of wind power leadership in the United States.
The case for wind power growth in the northern plains states just got stronger. In February 2008, a partnership of two utility companies announced plans for a large-scale transmission line, which will accommodate several new wind farm developments in North Dakota.
The Conti Group, a 100-year-old construction and engineering firm headquartered in New Jersey, announced the formation of Alternity Wind Power as an integrated developer of utility-scale wind-farm projects in North America.
In January 2007, Interstate Power aand Light Company (IPL) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, announced details of its Energy for a New Generation plan. Energy-efficiency initiatives and wind energy are key components of the long-term generation plan.
The Kansas Wind for Schools program and the Wind Applications Center at Kansas State University (KSU) selected several schools to each receive a Skystream 3.7 wind turbine as part of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Wind for Schools initiative.
A year after surpassing California as the nation’s leader in wind power capacity, Texas’ lead is solid and growing. In 2006, the Lone Star state marked the second year in a row that it led the nation in wind power production.
The wind turbine pictured above is turned on its side, but it isn’t broken. The 11-foot blades are suspended just above the ground at one end with a 2,000-pound counterbalance pitched into the air at the other.
Lementing its role as the nation’s wind power leader, Texas is taking on two new wind farm developments on a scale that would make the state proud. In July, Shell WindEnergy Inc. and Luminant, a subsidiary of TXU Corp., announced a joint development agreement for a wind project in Texas.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Denmark’s Risø National Laboratory, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), signed an agreement to cooperate on improving wind energy technologies.
Offshore wind power on the Atlantic coast experienced another gust of positive news. As projects are being considered in states such as Delaware, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a recent study adds Georgia to the list of locales with great potential for development.
Things are looking good for the wind power industry. According to the first annual report released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program on the wind power industry, the U.S. wind market is the fastest growing in the world. The report, “Annual Report on U.S.