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DOE Awards $13.8 Million to 28 New Wind Energy Projects
DOE selected 28 new wind energy projects on July 16 for up to $13.8 million in funding, tapping $12.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The projects will help address market and deployment challenges, including wind turbine research and testing and efforts to better integrate wind power into the nation's electrical grid. The 14 wind turbine research and testing projects include work on improved wind turbine towers, blades, gearboxes, lubricants, and generators; advanced manufacturing techniques; and technologies for monitoring the performance of operating wind turbines. The wind integration projects involve analyses of wind measurement and forecasting techniques, energy storage systems, and means of integrating wind power into electrical grid operations, including operating techniques, software models, market simulation tools, and other strategies and decision support tools. For a complete list of projects, see the DOE press release.
DOE also released the 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report, which details the $16 billion investment made in U.S. wind power projects in 2008. The report finds that U.S. wind power capacity increased by 8,558 megawatts in 2008, continuing the United States' four-year streak of leading the world in annual wind power capacity growth. The rapid growth rate also led the United States to overtake Germany and claim the world lead in cumulative wind power capacity. The demand for wind power spurred expansion of wind turbine manufacturing in the United States, creating about 8,400 new jobs in 2008. Wind power also remained competitive in wholesale power markets in 2008, although the industry is contending with continuing upward pressure on wind power prices. See the full report (PDF 1.9 MB). Download Adobe Reader.