Fall Wind Division Newsbrief

A Technical Division of the American Solar Energy Societywww.ases.org/wind

fall-foliage-windNext Wind Sessions at ASES 2013? More than ever!

April 16th‐20th, 2013 will mark the 42nd annual ASES conference being held in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Baltimore Convention Center. Planning for the 2013 conference is well underway. This conference will offer a much larger selection of wind‐related sessions‐ from offshore wind topics, wind forecasting and R&D to small wind installer certification, small wind in urban applications and case studies.

The Call for Participation is now open and information can be accessed at http://ases.org/2012/08/call‐for‐participation‐ases‐national‐solarconference/. On this Web page, please see the Submission Terms and Conditions, where important dates and details about potential financial considerations can be found. The deadline for abstract submissions is currently October 15, 2012, although it may be extended. Please check with the ASES website to confirm. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made by December 14, 2012. Final papers are due by February 15, 2013. Presenting authors and forum organizers must also register by that date.

The Wind Division encourages members to submit abstracts. For this conference, a topical area called Distributed Wind is available. The focus in this topical area should be sharing how challenges to deployment over a range of renewable technologies may be overcome, and which lessons might then be applied to distributed wind projects ‐ including small, midsize, and community wind projects ‐ across a range of applications (residential, schools, rural/farm, community, etc). ASES encourages abstracts that cross technologies.

Technical papers can be made as oral, poster, or ignite presentations. Forums can also be proposed. Submission of a forum proposal and abstract on the same research by an author or group of authors is strongly discouraged and the review committee is unlikely to approve both formats for the same work. We encourage members to let the ASES Wind Division Chair, Karin Sinclair , know what topics you will be submitting to provide opportunities for collaboration.

Wind Division Seeking Articles for Solar Today

All Divisions have been asked by ASES to contribute articles to Solar Today. A recent brainstorming session, coupled with some other suggestions, has resulted in several ideas being proposed, including:

• Guidance for small wind turbine buyers highlighting certified models, testing results and price comparisons. Author: Mick Sagrillo

• The importance of tall towers for small wind turbines. Author: Gina Johnson

• Using wind and PV for EV charging stations. Author: Jason Shaw

• Market‐related articles, such as 1) export market challenges and 2) an examination of PV and small wind developments and drivers. Background materials could include information used to develop the AWEA Small Wind Market Report (author is needed).

• A follow‐up article to the Policy Comparison Tool article co‐authored by Heather Rhoads‐Weaver and Mick Sagrillo (Jan‐Feb. Solar Today). As proposed, the article would discuss how to shape policies to make them more effective, including factors that can positively affect a policy (author is needed).

In addition to the topics proposed above, the Wind Division would like to develop a pool of 10‐12 possible article topics that can be submitted for consideration by the Solar Today Editorial Board. All Wind Division members are encouraged to submit topic ideas, along with suggested authors if possible, to Karin Sinclair (Karin.sinclair@nrel.gov) so that we can begin compiling the topics. For more information on writing an article for Solar Today, please contact Seth Masia, 720‐420‐7937. Based on the current article schedule, the Wind Division will be submitting an article for the June  2013 magazine.

Wind Powering America Publishes 30Meter Wind Resource Maps

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Wind Program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have published 30‐meter (m) height, high resolution wind resource maps for the United States and all 50 states. The maps play a key role in understanding a state’s wind resource potential from a policy and small wind project development perspective and represent the first modern national resource map for small wind turbine deployment available to the public. Businesses, farms, and homeowners may now use residential‐scale wind resource maps to identify sites that may be appropriate for small‐scale wind projects. The 30‐m height maps were made available in collaboration with AWS Truepower. Go to http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/windmaps/residential_scale.asp to find the maps.

(Source: Wind Powering America. Edited by Kurt Sahl)

Newly Updated WebBased Tool Helps Examine Best Use of Incentive Dollars for Onsite Wind

New York and Massachusetts increase rank while California and Vermont scale back

Comparing the combined impact of state and federal policies for small‐scale wind is now easier thanks to a recent facelift of the Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool, available at www.windpolicytool.org. Oregon, New York, and Massachusetts show the most favorable net cost of energy (COE) for small wind projects, while recent changes to incentives in California and Vermont have worsened those states’ market environment.

First released in 2011, the Policy Tool is a one‐stop shop for information related to the cost, policies, incentives and other details associated with smaller, consumer‐owned wind power generation. Data is pooled from various sources and the numbers are crunched to determine key financial results for each state, including the number of years to simple payback, the cost of energy (COE), the internal rate of return, and net present value, . The Policy Tool was created to help policymakers, industry representatives and advocates better understand the key differences that exist between states’ distributed wind policies and keep tabs on the complex, ever‐changing landscape.

In the newly released Policy Tool Version 2.0, data are updated to better reflect the current state of affairs across the U.S. And now the Policy Tool has more user‐friendly features, such as a slider bar to adjust the Annual Energy Production (AEP) and pop‐up windows that define various acronyms and terms for quick reference.

State Ranking Reveals Shifting Landscape

Using the output for COE, based on the updated default policy, financial, and economic variables per state, the Tool’s User Guide includes a re‐ranking of the states in order to identify favorable market opportunities for distributed wind growth as well as those places ripe for improvement.  (The original rankings are found in the Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool Guidebook published September 2011.)

While Oregon retained its top‐ranking position with the lowest COE for the residential wind sector, Vermont moved from second place to seventh due to a reduction in its wind incentive levels, and California – the nation’s historical leading small wind market – dropped dramatically below the top 10 with the abrupt ending of its Emerging Renewables Program (ERP) this summer. All technologies previously eligible for California’s ERP are now eligible for its Small Generation Incentive Program, but at a rate of only $1.25/Watt, less than half of what was provided under ERP. In addition, a new deadline of July 2013 was added to California’s Feed‐In Tariff (FIT) legislation along with directives for establishing rates.

The ranking exercise is a moving target as state incentives are often in the process of change. For example, in late September the Illinois program began accepting applications for FY2013 funding, which expires in April (Illinois’ limited funding typically gets fully allocated within a month or two). In addition, the New Jersey and Nevada programs are currently on hold, pending program revisions, which effectively lowers their ranking to the bottom of all states. And while Vermont’s program re‐opened in September based on a hybrid model designed to emphasize performance and well‐sited projects, its structure and funding beyond early 2013 is uncertain.

Additionally, the Policy Tool’s default ranking does not take into account all market factors. While Oregon’s policies pencil out favorably, the distributed wind industry continues to face challenges due to costly and complex permitting processes as well as siting constraints in the investor‐owned utility service areas eligible for Energy Trust of Oregon rebates.

Nonetheless, distributed wind economics remain attractive in much of Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Maryland, New Hampshire, California, Rhode Island, Maine, Montana and several other states. The great (and challenging) thing about distributed wind markets is they are continuously evolving, and the Policy Tool is designed to stay up‐to-date to reflect current conditions.

The Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool was developed with the support of the Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Program as a collaborative project of eFormative Options, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the North Carolina Solar Center (NCSC). With additional DOE funding, eFormative Options, NCSC, PNNL, and Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP completed the 2012 updates to maintain the Policy Tool.

Upcoming Wind Division meetings and webinars

The 2012 schedule for Division conference calls, which are bimonthly, is: 1st Thursday of the month at 11:30 ‐ 1:00pm PT, 12:30 – 2:00pm MT, 1:30 – 3:00pm CT, 2:30 – 4:00pm ET) The remaining ASES Wind Division 2012 meeting date is Dec 6.

Upcoming webinar:

Nov 1 – “Exploring Tower Heights, Financing and Other Options: Live Demo of Distributed Wind Policy Tool v2” Speakers: Heather Rhoads‐Weaver, eFormative Options, and Alice Orrell, PNNL

Time: 11:30 ‐ 1:00pm PT, 12:30 – 2:00pm MT, 1:30 – 3:00pm CT, 2:30 – 4:00pm ET)

Call‐in information Participant Join URL: http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=SA450909&p=6361&t=c

Call in number: Phone: 877‐491‐3241, Passcode: 2476550

Become a member of the ASES Wind Division

We urge you to become a member of this Division if you are not already. If you have colleagues that may be interested in our activities, please share this newsletter with them and encourage them to become a member of the ASES Wind Division. For more information on joining, please visit: http://ases.org/

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Wind Division

American Solar Energy Society


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