Met Tower Installation
I just signed a letter calling on U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Congress to renew the vital tax credit for wind and other sources of renewable energy. The Production Tax Credit (PTC) helps wind energy compete with highly subsidized fossil fuel industries, attracts investors for new wind projects, fosters innovation and employs tens of thousands of Americans in the clean energy economy.
Because of wind energy’s growing success, dirty energy billionaires, like the Koch brothers, campaigned to kill the renewable energy credit program. Congress is at a crossroads.
Will they support policies and industries that increase carbon pollution, fueling climate-related disasters? Or will they take action to promote safe, clean energy that will allow us to stabilize the climate?
As incoming Chairman of the Finance Committee, Senator Wyden will play a major role in deciding which direction Congress goes.
Please join me in telling Senator Wyden to renew the renewable energy tax credit now: http://act.engagementlab.org/sign/wind-credit_Wyden/?referring_akid=.227975.zAnFDm&source=taf
By signing the letter, you will send a message the future of our kids and and the stability of our climate are priorities that deserve urgent attention. Thank you for taking action!
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Montana is Wind Country
Click the above image to view the Montana is Wind Country brochure.
Montana leads the nation in wind energy power potential and the state is at the center of North America\’s wind heartland. Wind energy is clean and renewable and provides the green complement to Montana\’s world-class reserves of coal as well as oil and natural gas. Much of Montana\’s wind has yet to be tapped and represents a great investment opportunity.
Montana Wind Resources
Wind Energy Objectives
Combining wind energy with conventional and advanced fossil power sources offers a stable \”green\” energy package that meets the growing demand for cleaner energy while advancing the national goal of energy independence. Our mission is to support all types of wind development, from industrial scale wind farms to locally owned community wind models serving individual farms, businesses and homes, as well as the construction of electric transmission lines that deliver Montana\’s wind power to high demand markets.
Wind Energy Assets
Montana is the fourth largest state, but #1 in the nation for wind speed (class 3 and above), available on a wide expanse of federal, state and private lands. The majority of wind sites are located in low population areas and near rural communities that strongly support wind energy development, avoiding objections to visual impacts. Some counties, such as Cascade County, offer developers GIS based maps providing information on wind resource classification, roads, transmission lines, property ownership and topography. County officials stand ready to introduce potential developers to land owners and turn prospects into projects.
Montana\’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) currently requires regulated utilities to purchase 10% of their annual electricity supply from renewable sources and increases the standard to 15% in 2015.
Four major industrial scale wind projects have gone on line in Montana since 2005, moving Montana from a ranking of 50th to 15th in the nation in wind energy production:
Rimrock Wind Farm, 189 MW
In October of 2011 NaturEner USA began construction on the 189 MW wind farm near Shelby, MT. Once Rim Rock is in operation, NaturEner will own 70% of the wind generation in the State of Montana, with approximately $800 million invested. NaturEner held its opening ceremony for this the project on September 14, 2012 as the project neared completion. This project will connect to the Montana Alberta Tie Limited (MATL) transmission line which is expected to be complete near the end of 2012. Rim Rock\’s Commercial Operation Date (COD) is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013. Glacier and Toole Counties will receive new tax revenue of $2.5 million thanks to the Rim Rock Wind Farm. Landowners involved in with the project will be paid $1.5 million in annual royalty payments. Construction of the project contributed over $40 million to Montana\’s GDP and operations will contribute $5 million to the state\’s GDP. The Rim Rock project will supply enough electricity for approximately 60,000 U.S. households per year.
Judith Gap Wind Farm, Wheatland County: 135MW, 2005 Horseshoe Bend Wind Park, near Great Falls: 9MW, 2006 Martinsdale Colony South, Wheatland County: 2 MW, 2006 Diamond Willow Wind Farm, near Baker: 30MW, 2008 Glacier Wind Farm, near Shelby: 210MW, 2008 Gordon Butte, Meagher County: 9.6MW, 2012 Under Construction: Over 200MW anticipated online by the end of 2012
Wind in MontanaMontana has wind, lots of wind. The state is ranked among the top five for wind power potential and several large, utility-scale wind farms are in operation. The total capacity of installed commercial wind turbines is more than 500 megawatts. In 2009, Montana ranked 9th in wind electricity generation by state, producing 820,924 MWh of electricity. More than 3 percent of the electricity generated in Montana that year came from wind, a percentage that is even higher today. Judith Gap Wind Farm, Credit: Montana Film OfficeThe following links offer more information about wind and wind development opportunities in Montana. Tax and Other Incentives Wind Data Sources Montana Wind Power Map Permit Requirements Developing Wind Energy on State Lands Basics for Small Wind Energy Systems Net Metering and Easements Wind Powering America U.S. DOE Wind Organizations Commercial Wind Projects Small Wind Installations in Montana AWEA Small Wind Turbine Market Report Wind Powering Montana Workshop Presentations Big Sky, October 3, 2001
WINData installs on-site permanent met towers and off site sensor arrays for use in wind forecasting, plant operations and energy scheduling. Combining real met data from remote locations around the wind plant allows operators to get a critical preview of the weather that is heading toward the farm. This allows them to participate more effectively in their respective markets and also reduce the impact of short term forecast error and unexpected ramp event on the production of power at the plant.
WINData’s real-time data is collected and stored alongside the plant’s SCADA data in an OSIsoft PI server and can be queried and used in more sophisticated RUC forecasting models, thus insuring greater accuracy and advanced warning about pending weather patterns.
WINData’s expertise and high fidelity data, have been employed since 2007 to help wind plant operations become more of an exact science that can be optimized for each plant’s site characteristics. Proper on and off-site sensor array design, combines with state of the art forecast models to help wind assets perform progressively closer to their peak potential and gives the best return on investment possible.
WINData installation crews install turn-key met tower systems from 50 to 120 meters . WINData also offers professional services which include, meteorological (“met”) system array design, tower specification, project installation and data integration to support end user wind integration requirements and forecasting data services.
The most crucial step in the development of a potential wind site is the collection of accurate and verifiable wind speed and direction data as well as other meteorological parameters. WINData met towers and WINData professional installation services insure collection of “bankable” on-site wind data using guyed met towers in heights up to 100 meters. Each met tower system installation is planned, specified and supervised by company engineers in conjunction with our clients’ in-house specialists. On-going support is available throughout the entire data collection period.
WINData installs tilt-up met towers to each customer’s specification.Selecting the proper height is important and WINData will select the appropriate size and instrumentation for your site.Common heights include 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and 80 meter towers.Taller, non tilt-up 100 meter towers are also available for either permanent or temporary installation.