The DOE allocates more money to wind energy development, a new geothermal plant to begin development in Nevada, Siemens to help Orlando, Florida build a smart grid, and green energy advocate Tom Weis beings a 2,500 mile trip to promote a 100% renewable energy grid.
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is allocating an additional $5 million to improve short term wind forecasting. Two projects receiving $3.4 million of the money research and develop ways to accelerate the integration of wind generation into electricity transmission networks. One of the projects is being lead by AWS Truepower, LLC. Their goal will be to analyze the benefits of utility system integration with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas which manages the system that distributes the largest amount of wind power in the country. WindLogics, Inc. is leading the charge to analyze the viability of integrating the Midwest Independent System Operator with existing wind energy projects in the upper-Midwest. The research and recommendations will be conducted over the course of the next two years.
A development of new 11.5 MW geothermal plant has been approved by USG Nevada LLC. Science Applications International has been awarded the 15-month, $22 million project to and will be responsible for completing the first phase of the San Emidio project in northwest Nevada, which consists of retrofitting an existing power plant to the new geothermal specifications.
Siemens has been awarded the opportunity to implement smart grid technologies for the Orlando Utilities Commission. Siemens first step will be to develop a meter data management system that uses their eMeter’s EnergyIP™ software. The Orlando Utilities Commission serves more than 313,000 meters in Orlando and St. Cloud, Florida.
In an attempt to raise awareness for achieving a 100% U.S. renewable electricity grid by 2020, green energy advocate Tom Weis has begun an 8-week 2,500 miles from Colorado to Washington, DC on a human-powered, electric-assist “rocket trike,”. The trip started on Sunday to recognize the 48th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s speech that called for an American to land a man on the Moon within a decade. The ride is being sponsored by AllEarth Renewables Inc. and other prominent environmental and business leaders.
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