Electric co-ops are increasingly turning to wind power as a clean, reliable source of energy that slashes carbon emissions and protects the environment. The Energy Department and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association recently recognized two electric co-ops that demonstrate leadership in wind energy: Old Dominion Electric Cooperative of Virginia and the Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) of Illinois.
Competition aims to cultivate wind-specific interests and skills among the next generation of industry leaders, will feature 10 teams of students throughout the country who will design and construct lightweight, portable wind turbines intended to power small electronic devices.
Two state-of-the-art wind turbine drivetrain test facilities are now open for business: the Clemson University Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility in South Carolina and a National Renewable Energy Laboratory dynamometer at the National Wind Technology Center in Colorado.
A year of progress, preparation and promise was the theme connecting two days of panels and presentations last month at the 2013 American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER Offshore conference in Providence, Rhode Island.