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MN Dept. of Commerce to Host Farm-Scale Wind Webinars

May 21, 2014

Bergey Excel 10 kwThe Minnesota Department of Commerce will host public webinars on distributed wind topics on May 22, June 5, and June 26. The
webinars will cover a broad range of topics on market developments and best practices, including performance estimation, site assessment, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant application process. To register and learn more, see webinars below:

Distributed Wind Market Overview and Opportunities

Thursday, May 22, 2 p.m. CDT

Presentations by:

  • Market Developments: Alice Orrell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Best Practices in Turbine Selection & Marketing: Val Stori, Interstate Turbine Advisory Council
  • USDA Grant Application Process: Charles Newcomb, Endurance Windpower
  • Panel discussion with these and other industry experts on opportunities for overcoming key market issues and barriers

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Best Practices for Distributed Wind Project Development and Installation

Thursday, June 5, 2 p.m. CDT

Presentations by:

  • Performance Estimation: Trudy Forsyth, Wind Advisor Team
  • Site Assessment Tools & Techniques: Wes Slaymaker, WES Engineering
  • Guidelines for Installer Training: Jenny Heinzen, Midwest Renewable Energy Association
  • Panel discussion with these and other industry experts on opportunities for overcoming key siting and installation issues and barriers


Results of Minnesota Distributed Wind Energy Industry & Market Study

Thursday, June 26, 2 p.m. CDT

This webinar will summarize the findings of a recent study of Minnesota’s distributed wind energy markets. The study was conducted by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society and partners, and was commissioned by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. The study includes several components: (1) Understanding market barriers & unrealized opportunities for developing Minnesota’s wind resources; (2) Developing a better understanding of who participates in Minnesota’s distributed wind market; (3) Improving documentation of existing distributed wind installations; (4) Assessing market participants’ perceptions of and use of industry best practices in equipment selection & installation, site assessment and operations & maintenance; and (5) Understanding how market participants get their information & communicate with others in the industry.

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