IWEA News / Updates

DOE Announces Regional Resource Centers
March 14, 2014

 

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.

USGS Interactive Map of All 47,000 Utility Scale Wind Turbines in the US
February 20, 2014

The US Geological Survey recently released an interactive map of all 47,000 utility scale wind turbines in the US and profiles the top 5 states including Iowa.  This interactive map allows the user to zoom in literally to an individual turbine and see some of the specific data about that individual turbine...a really powerful tool!  To see the map, use this link http://ecowatch.com/2014/02/13/interactive-map-47000-wind-turbines-u-s/

Breaking News from Iowa Senate on Federal PTC
February 05, 2014

Breaking News!

 

On a bipartisan unanimous vote, the Iowa State Senate gave its approval to a resolution calling on the federal government to extend the federal production tax credit for wind energy production. Copies of the bipartisan resolution will now be sent to each member of the state's congressional delegation and the President.

 

Video of this vote can be seen by clicking the link below.

 

http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Category=senate&Service=ArchiveBill&vid=872&offset=2216&iDate=2014-02-05&hbill=SR103

 

Don't Miss Iowa's Wind Power Showcase Event
January 16, 2014

The 7th Annual Iowa Wind Power Conference will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11-12th at the FFA Enrichment Center on the Campus of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa with a terrific line up of speakers, informative sessions, exhibitors and new research displays.  The tentative program is being finalized and will be on the IWEA website soon and can be seen by clicking on the 2014 Conference Program on the navigation bar on the left side of the IWEA website home page at www.iowawindenergy.org

 

There are an impressive set of General Sessions planned featuring nationally recognized leaders in the wind energy industry, elected leaders, policy development specialists and utility leaders in the wind energy industry.  A special feature of this year’s conference will be the first ever Education/Job Fair on March 11th which will provide wind energy companies an opportunity to meet with wind energy training programs and job seekers.  There will also be an opportunity for K-12 students and educators to learn more about job opportunities in wind energy.

 

There will be 30 exhibitors showcasing their products and services during the conference!  Exhibit booths are limited this year and are expected to go fast. 

 

Dozens of university wind energy research project displays will be available during the conference.  These project displays will be judged by a panel of experts and cash awards will be given to the top projects in several categories.  

 

The Annual Membership Meeting is Tuesday, March 11th from 3:45 to 5 pm with IWEA committee reports and the election of Board members to complete.

 

Registration materials are available on the IWEA website, and if you’re waiting until the last minute to register, remember there is an additional $50 fee for registering at the door.  Register today to attend one of the best regional wind association events in the nation!

 

Iowa is the national leader in the percentage of all electrical generation from wind, number of wind energy manufacturing companies/wind related businesses and number of wind energy jobs.  With the 7th best wind resource in the nation and a central location with convenient access to major navigable rivers and the national interstate highway system Iowa is likely to remain an industry leader.

 

For more information, please contact us via the Iowa Wind Energy Association website at www.iowawindenergy.org or call 515-320-4058.