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Exploring Tower Heights, Financing, and Other Options: Live Demo of Distributed Wind Policy Tool v2: An ASES Wind Division Webinar

Exploring Tower Heights, Financing, and Other Options: Live Demo of Distributed Wind Policy Tool v2: An ASES Wind Division Webinar

Date: 11/1/2012

Contact: Arielle Wolfe, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Phone: 303-384-6925

Small wind installers, state and utility incentive managers, local planning officials, and other interested stakeholders were invited to an interactive demonstration of the recently-released Version 2 of the Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool. The updated tool makes it easier to explore the best ways to expand markets and compare the combined impacts of current state and federal policies.

The Policy Tool is a one-stop shop for information related to the cost, policies, incentives, and other details associated with on-site wind. It was created to help policy makers, industry representatives, and advocates better understand what makes a successful distributed wind market environment, and keep tabs on the complex, ever-changing policy landscape.

This webinar showed participants how to use the tool to evaluate increases in tower heights (and the impacts of permitting fees), as well as various financing scenarios. Case studies were presented to compare and contrast existing policies and "what if" scenarios to reveal what policy improvements are most needed for small wind, and where.

The Policy Tool's demo showed how sensitivity analyses can be conducted on various policy options and assumptions to determine impacts and optimal scenarios and guide smart investments in small wind technology. The webinar highlighted attractive markets and policy targets that offer the quickest return on investment, encouraging best practices to sustain and improve support for small wind.

Audio and text versions of the webinar are available (WMV 14.8 MB) Download Windows Media Player. Time: 00:57:41. Text Version.

This information was last updated on November 12, 2012