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Wind Energy in Midwest Rev2

Wind Energy in Midwest Rev2



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Published by Matt Overeem
Presentation handout on Wind Power Basics for water/wastewater systems in the Midwest - WWA Sept 2009
Presentation handout on Wind Power Basics for water/wastewater systems in the Midwest - WWA Sept 2009

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Published by: Matt Overeem on Jul 25, 2009
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Introducing Wind Energy to Midwestern Water Utilities– Making the Wind Work for YouPage 1
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Introducing Wind Power to Midwestern Water Utilities;Making the WindWork for You
Matt Overeem The WindWay mattovereem@thewindway.com www.thewindway.comSeptember 2009
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 Why am I speaking on wind?
I have been a wind enthusiast for about 30 years. In the early 1980s, my father thought it was a good idea to investigate wind power so we started to learn about, sell and install windturbines in the Rocky Mountain states – Wyoming and Colorado mostly. I am privileged tohave worked with some of the wind pioneers; Marcellus Jacobs and his son Paul of Jacobs Wind Electric, Karl and Mike Bergey of Bergey Windpower, Bob Sherman and Ned Coffinfrom Enertech, Skip Allan of the DOE/NREL and a small but eagergroup of wind poweradvocates. I helped site and install over 3 dozen wind turbines of various sizes. The large turbine playersat that time were big federal contractors- Grumman Aerospace, Alcoa Aluminum, Boeing and Hamilton Standard – General Electric tried but declined topursue wind power. Siemens was not involved; no one had heard of Vestas, Nordex orGamesa. Over the past two decades that has all changed. Today, there are over 60 majorplayers in the wind turbine business with billions of dollars at stake with tens of thousandsof large and small turbines installed across the globe. This paper will briefly introduce you to the potential of wind power and give you someguidance should you seek to find the wind way.
Doesthe Midwest have good wind?
 At 30 meters, the overall winds in the Midwest are marginal but as you climb to higherelevations, the winds in many areas at 80 or 100 meters are rated as good and better. My slide presentation will show more on this. So the answer is – Yes, the Midwest has wind. The U.S. wind energy industry shattered all previous records in 2008 by installing 8,558megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity (enough to serve over 2 million homes),according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). In all, wind energy generating capacity in the U.S. now stands at 25,369 MW, producing enough electricity topower the equivalent of close to 8 million households and strengthening our national energy supply with a clean, inexhaustible, homegrown source of energy. The Midwest has 5 spots of the top 20 states with cumulative capacity with almost 25% of the total installed wind in theUnited States.
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Figure 1 Installed Wind power Capacity 2008 (in megawatts)
 Wind power’s recent growth has also accelerated job creation in manufacturing, where theshare of domestically manufactured wind turbine components has grown from under 30% in2005 to about 50% in 2008. Wind turbine and turbine component manufacturersannounced, added or expanded 70 new facilities in the past two years, including over 55 in2008 alone. Those new manufacturing facilities created 13,000 new direct jobs in 2008. Windpower is a viable endeavor – creating new jobs and new power for the Midwest.
 What about my site – are the winds okay?
I have had discussions on the decadinal differences of wind speeds on a site, the effect of theEl Niño’s or La Nina winds, even the potential for differences in wind speeds between twosites only 100 meters apart. All arguments have merit. The first truth, as I call them truths,is that at placing a turbine on a tower over 50 meters in height most everywhere has anadequate wind speed for the turbine to produce sufficient usable energy. You remain thedeciding factor whether the amount of energy and the cost make it practical. No one shouldrule out a site unless there are clear obstacles in the prevailing wind direction.

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