05022009 Jeff County

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Presentation given on May 2nd, 2009 to the Mossy Creek Community in Jefferson County, TN. Basic overview of wind energy technologies and applications suitable for the county.

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  • 05022009 Jeff County

    1. 1. Brandon Blevins Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Jefferson County May 2, 2009
    2. 2. Tennessee Wind Working Group <ul><li>TNWWG provides outreach and education to rural, windy Tennessee communities on the benefits of harnessing wind energy. </li></ul><ul><li>DOE Grant through State of Tennessee </li></ul><ul><li>TNWWG provides education: </li></ul><ul><li>Hosts at least 4 Free All Day Workshops for select communities in Tennessee </li></ul><ul><li>TNWWG provides communication: </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain communication between key stakeholders including USDA, TN State Energy Office, TVA, Local Community Officials, Wind Industry, Non-profits, Schools, Environmental Groups, and interested Tennessee citizens </li></ul><ul><li>TNWWG provides consultation: </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate TN Anemometer Loan program and assist TVA Wind Resource Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>www.tennesseewind.org </li></ul>Brandon Blevins Gil Melear Hough
    3. 3. <ul><li>Wind energy displaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fuel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emissions; carbon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wind provides a hedge against rising fuel prices (natural gas, coal) </li></ul><ul><li>Wind is an energy source with limited capacity contribution  other generation is also required </li></ul><ul><li>Wind can be cost-competitive with other forms of generation and may reduce electricity cost </li></ul>What are the benefits of wind energy to the power system? Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory Innovation for Our Energy Future
    4. 4. Where is the Wind? Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1991
    5. 5. How Much Wind Energy is in the US? Source: National Renewable Energy Lab, 2008
    6. 6. 20% Wind Vision Source: Department of Energy 2008, NREL “WinDS of Change” 2006
    7. 7. TVA Wind Energy Potential Source: Tennessee Valley Authority, June 2008 <ul><li>Wind energy </li></ul><ul><li>~ 8,000 GWh </li></ul><ul><li>Hydro Generation (FY ‘06) </li></ul><ul><li>9,900 GWh </li></ul><ul><li>Source: TVA website </li></ul><ul><li>While wind energy is the most abundant cost effective renewable energy source, there are no solid policies that attract wind developers to the state of TN or the TVA region. </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Jefferson County Wind Map </li></ul><ul><li>Some small wind sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasizes need for proper sizing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taller towers needed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One commercial wind site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English Mtn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shares border with Cocke and Sevier County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need for collaboration </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Source: http://www.windustry.org/wind-basics/learn-about-wind-energy/wind-basics-wind-energy-today-and-tomorrow/wind-energy-today-and
    10. 11. Construction Operation Gravel Access Road 14’-20’ wide Gravel Crane Pad and Turnaround ~40’ x 60’ Subsurface Concrete Foundation ~40’ - 50’ diameter Turbine Pedestal 16’ – 18’ diameter Each wind turbine requires 0.5 - 2 acres. A typical facility requires only about 1%-3% of the total land under lease. Land Use
    11. 12. Local Economic Impact <ul><li>Economic Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1MW wind = $1.5-2 million of taxable equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Landowner Land Lease Payments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$3,000-5,000 / MW / Turbine /Yr </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jobs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wind energy projects create a few long term O&M jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create many short term jobs during construction </li></ul></ul>Case Study: South Dakota 40 MW (20 turbines) of wind energy installed. $100,000/yr in land lease payments $250,000/yr tax= 1/2 county school budget
    12. 13. Local/Community Ownership Options <ul><li>Municipalities & Municipal Utilities Palmdale, CA; Algona, IA; Moorhead, MN </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Electric Cooperatives </li></ul><ul><li>Farmer/Local Investors LLCs, Investors Pools, Cooperatives; Kas Brothers • Minwind Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Schools Spirit Lake, Iowa • Carleton College, Northfield, MN </li></ul><ul><li>Tribal Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Rosebud, SD </li></ul>Courtesy: Windustry
    13. 14. Wind for Schools <ul><li>Community Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The greatest impediment to wind energy development is education. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Education and Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supports the education and training of K-12 students in preparation for real jobs in the future. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Utility Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Utility becomes educated on variability, interconnection, and operation of grid with wind turbines operating </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reduced Energy Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School sees reduced energy savings (depends on turbines size and wind resource) </li></ul></ul>
    14. 15. Small (1-100 kW) Example: Bergey XL at a Farm
    15. 16. <ul><li>Ned Trivette </li></ul><ul><li>65’ tilt-up tower </li></ul><ul><li>Batteryless, Grid-tie </li></ul><ul><li>Watauga County </li></ul>
    16. 17. Wind Turbines need Towers to access good Fuel 30’ above obstructions within 300 – 500’
    17. 18. How to Buy A Wind-Electric System <ul><li>Energy Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiency measures </li></ul><ul><li>Know your wind resource </li></ul><ul><li>Select your turbine </li></ul><ul><li>Select your tower and the rest of the system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grid-tie, no batteries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Off-grid, you need batteries. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Good idea to add SOLAR </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Do it Right! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Safe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximize your resource </li></ul></ul>
    18. 19. Financing Options <ul><li>30% Federal Tax Credit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No ceiling. Businesses and individuals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>40% TN Clean Energy Technology Grant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Businesses only, capped at $75,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to conduct due diligence to qualify (wind map or anemometer) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>25% USDA 9007 Grant (farms and rural small businesses) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Historically for larger systems. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need conduct due diligence to qualify (wind map or anemometer) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TVA Generation Partners Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$0.03/kW above retail </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For full details visit: http://www.dsireusa.org </li></ul>
    19. 20. Reference Sources <ul><li>American Wind Energy Association: http://www.awea.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Official industry association, reports, conferences, and events </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wind Powering America: http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical resource, tools, and state networking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DSIREUSA: http://www.dsireusa.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial incentives for wind projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Appalachian State University: http://wind.appstate.edu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small wind demonstration center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops, Training Sessions </li></ul></ul>Brandon Blevins Wind Program Coordinator Southern Alliance for Clean Energy http://www.cleanenergy.org [email_address]

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