Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Department of Energy Gives Go-Ahead to Experimental Low-Speed Wind Turbine Project

The Department of Energy (DOE) last week issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for an experimental low-energy wind turbine proposed to be sited at the existing Medicine Bow wind farm in Wyoming. The FONSI authorizes Clipper Windpower to start construction on is Low Speed Demonstration Project.

According to the DOE press release the project "is a DOE-funded initiative to demonstrate and collect performance data on a new type of large wind turbine, one that can operate in areas of the country where average wind speeds are in at least the 13-14 mph range. Most large wind turbines operate efficiently where average wind speeds are at least 15 mph. DOE’s goal is to promote the development of turbines that can operate economically at lower speeds and thus open up additional areas to wind power development."

The Environmental Assessment (EA) supporting the agency's FONSI is available on-line, and the Casper Star Tribune has an article with more details on the project.

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