Heather Rhoads-Weaver is Principal Consultant and Founder of eFormative Options with a long career in distributed wind, mostly in policy. Heather talks with IREC about the industry–where it’s been and where it’s headed.
The IREC Small Wind Interview: Heather Rhoads-Weaver of eFormative Options
Updated Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool Reflects Changes in Market Conditions
The Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool, a one-stop shop for information related to the cost, policies, incentives and other details associated with on-site wind, has been updated with several improvements to reflect changes in market conditions: www.windpolicytool.org
DWEA Launches Consensus-Based SMART Wind Consortium
More than 50 industry, academic, and government representatives from 25 states plus Washington, DC, and Canada joined to work together in a new way to inaugurate the Sustainable Manufacturing Advanced Research and Technology (SMART) Wind Consortium on October 16 in…
USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in September that USDA is investing in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide, including 14 small wind projects.
NREL Announces Two New Competitiveness Improvement Project Awards
In July, DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced two new Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) awards. Northern Power Systems of Barre, VT, and Urban Green Energy of New York, NY will receive a portion of the $1.27 million allocated to the CIP in support of the DOE’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.
Department of Energy Announces 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently issued a Request for Proposals seeking teams of students to participate in the 2016 U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition. First held in 2014 at the American Wind…
Report Describes State of the Distributed Wind Market
In August of 2014, DOE released a report summarizing the current state of the distributed wind market in the U.S. The 2013 Distributed Wind Market Report’s purpose is to help plan and guide future investments and decisions by industry, utilities, state and federal agencies, and others.
DOE Establishes Wind Regional Resource Centers
On March 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced six Wind Energy Regional Resource Centers, selected through a competitive process administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Northeast Wind Resource Center, operated by the Clean Energy Group…
Energy Department Announces Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project Awards
The Energy Department and the Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced funding for projects led by Pika Energy, Northern Power Systems, Endurance Wind Power, and Urban Green Energy that will help drive down the cost of small and medium-sized wind…
To Test or Not to Test: That is the Question
By Clarkson University Blade Test Facility and the Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technologies To test or not to test: that is the question. Is it worthwhile to proactively perform third-party structural testing on wind turbine blades to deliver…