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Update: U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program Funding Awards

Update: U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program Funding Awards

Date: 12/6/2011

In May 2009, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the selection of 53 new wind energy projects for up to $8.5 million in funding. The projects were designed to address market and deployment challenges identified in the 2008 report 20% Wind Energy by 2030. The following project updates are available:

eFormative Options received funding under Award Number DE-EE0000503 for the Power Through Policy: "Best Practices" for Cost-Effective Distributed Wind project. The project team, which includes Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the North Carolina Solar Center, produced a Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool and the accompanying Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool Guidebook. The tool uses a pro forma financial model to determine which policy options have the most impact on improving the bottom line of wind turbines up to 100 kW providing power for on-site use.

The Consensus Building Institute received funding under Award Number DE-EE0000502 for a project titled Building State Capacity to Advance Wind Energy through the Best Practices of Collaborative Planning and Siting. Facilitating Wind Energy: Addressing Challenges around Visual Impacts, Noise, Credible Data, and Local Benefits through Creative Stakeholder Engagement is the Consensus Building Institute's final project report. The Institute developed and delivered a 3-day training program in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in spring 2011. The program explored how to improve wind policy development and siting processes for state regulators, policy-makers, and agency staff, as well as their federal and local government counterparts, private-sector investors, utility companies, environmental advocacy organizations, issue-focused interests groups, and citizen action groups. Background materials, presentations, and case studies are available.

Under Award Number DE-EE0000499, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies received funding for a project titled Building Transmission Capacity in the Western Interconnect to Support a Low Carbon Future. The final report is now available. As part of the project, the Western Grid Group also produced a website to help stakeholders understand, interpret, and navigate key energy policy issues.

This information was last updated on December 06, 2011