On Monday, March 10th, the US Department of Energy (DOE) in cooperation with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced that a collaborative grant application submitted by the Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA), Windustry, and Wind Utility Consulting with sponsorship from the Iowa Energy Center had been accepted to develop a Midwest & Prairie Regional Wind Resource Center (M&PRWRC). This is a three (3) year grant with up to $487,500 of funding from the DOE and will be administered by NREL. Matching funds, both cash and in-kind, will be provided by the Iowa Energy Center, Windustry, IWEA, Wind on the Wires, and Wind Utility Consulting. The grant anticipates that the center will become self-sustaining after the initial three year period.
The M & PRWRC will facilitate regional collaboration and sharing of best practices in the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Further, the regional resource center will disseminate information about the economic benefits of wind energy to the region, expand and preserve access to quality regional wind resources, and communicate with stakeholder groups to ensure accurate and reliable information about wind energy development.