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

December 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.