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Last week’s Geek-Up talked about the Energy Department's Wind for Schools program and how it is helping schools use wind turbines to power their classrooms. Yesterday, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced more than $5 million in funding to help bring wind-generated power to not only more schools, but also farms, factories and community and tribal wind energy plants across the United States.

New York-based AWS Truepower, LLC and Minnesota-based WindLogics, Inc. are receiving a total of $3.4 million over two years to improve short-term wind forecasting. With better forecasting, utilities can more reliably connect variable power sources such as wind energy with electricity grids, and can decrease their need for back-up energy sources such as natural gas and hydropower.

Three additional projects are receiving a total of more than $1.8 million to boost the speed and scale of midsize wind turbine technology development and deployment.

  • Clean Green Energy, LLC, based in Brighton, Michigan, is working to bring a 200-kilowatt vertical axis wind turbine design into cost effective mass production.

  • Northern Power Systems, based in Barre, Vermont, is developing a 450-kilowatt turbine that is expected to reduce the cost of energy from midsize turbines.

  • Texas Tech University, based in Lubbock, Texas, is designing a 500-kilowatt turbine that plans to compete on cost with fossil fuel power generation. 

Learn more about how DOE works to accelerate the development and deployment of clean wind energy technologies here:

Niketa Kumar is a Public Affairs Specialist with the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Energy.