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April 17, 2002

Non-Profits Launch Small Wind Turbine Co-op in Northwest

A collaborative of non-profit groups in the Pacific Northwest plan to start up a new wind power cooperative, the groups announced last week. Called "Our Wind Co-op," the cooperative will install small wind turbines on farms, ranches, and rural facilities throughout the region and sell their environmental attributes through a "green tag" system. Most of the host sites will receive a 10-kilowatt turbine manufactured by Bergey Windpower and capable of generating up to 1600 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. The co-op organizers are currently negotiating with DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory for funding to support the project. See the announcement on the Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (NWSEED) Web site.

Wondering if you're in a good area of the Northwest for wind power? With partial support from DOE, NWSEED has put together a series of wind resource maps for the five-state region, as well as for selected portions of California, Nevada, and Utah. The site includes maps of power and wind speed at heights of 50 meters as well as wind speed at heights of 30 meters. It also includes an interactive tool for zooming in on specific locations within the maps. See the Wind Power Maps Web site.

The "green tags" that the co-op plans to sell are also referred to as "tradable renewable energy credits." They serve as an innovative market mechanism to help expand the use of renewable energy. For more information, see the Green-e story in last week's EREN Network News.

Green tags are one of the topics to be tackled at the Green Trading Summit, coming up in mid-May in New York City. The summit is sponsored in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. See the announcement.