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June 10, 2014

CONTACT:    Ken Starcher, 806-651-2295, kstarcher@wtamu.edu

University’s AEI to Play Role in Wind Road Map Consortia

CANYON, Texas—The Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) recently received one of 19 advanced manufacturing technology planning grants from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The grants, totaling $9 million, were awarded to new or existing industry-driven consortia to develop technology road maps designed to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and innovation performance across industries.

Over a two-year period, DWEA will “form a consortium of distributed wind energy equipment manufacturers, suppliers, customers, and university researchers and develop a road map that identifies common manufacturing gaps, prioritizes actions to close these gaps and fosters rapid transfer of solutions.”

West Texas A&M University’s Alternative Energy Institute (AEI) will supply input on use of small and community based wind systems to the report, coupled with the new Texas State Energy Conservation Office project on schools throughout the Panhandle of Texas, to document how these systems may be incorporated into generating more sales for the wind industry. The data can prove wind works at all scales, utility as well as home size, giving the wind industry the chance to grow in more places throughout the United States.

The Texas effort will be used to show that state support does drive renewable energy use, and what benefit it has in local communities as well as to the electric grid nationwide.

—WTAMU—


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