[MCN] Windpower update: It's gaining ground both distributed and centralized

Lance Olsen lance at wildrockies.org
Thu Aug 10 15:44:57 EDT 2017

Distributed wind power keeps spinning, growing
America's use of distributed wind -- which is wind power generated near where it will be used -- continues to grow, according to the 2016 Distributed Wind Market Report.

US Department of Energy
 <https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/dnnl-dwp080817.php>http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=4446 <http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=4446>

And it’s gaining ground at larger scale too
Excerpt from release: 

Wind energy pricing for land-based, utility-scale projects remains attractive to utility and commercial purchasers, according to an annual report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Prices offered by newly built wind projects in the United States are averaging around 2¢/kWh, driven lower by technology advancements and cost reductions.

"Wind energy prices--particularly in the central United States, and supported by federal tax incentives--are at all-time lows, with utilities and corporate buyers selecting wind as the low-cost option," said Berkeley Lab Senior Scientist Ryan Wiser.

The full report, 2016 Wind Technologies Market Report, a presentation slide deck that summarizes the report, several data visualization, and an Excel workbook that contains much of the data presented in the report, can all be downloaded from: windreport.lbl.gov <http://windreport.lbl.gov/>
The Department of Energy's release on this study is available at: https://energy.gov/eere/wind/downloads/2016-wind-technologies-market-report <https://energy.gov/eere/wind/downloads/2016-wind-technologies-market-report>

“We are constantly deciding how much information is enough.” (p. 44)

“Once we finally reach a decision we are relieved to have the uncertainly of decision making behind us. 
And now somebody turns up and tells us things that call the wisdom of that decision into question again.” 
(pp. 99-100)

Dietrich Dorner. The Logic of Failure: Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations.
1989 in German by Rowolt Verlag GMBH.
1996 in English by Metropolitan Books, Perseus Books.

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