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National Wind Assessments’ own, Debbie Jacklitch-Kuiken, continues to gain kudos from the engineering industry for her great work in the field of wind energy. The National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, nominated Jacklitch-Kuiken as one of its “New Faces of Engineering” as part of National Engineers Week celebrated from February 14th-February 20th, 2010.
The New Faces program highlights the unique and interesting work of young engineers, recognizing their accomplishments in their field and the resulting impact on society. The Foundation’s sponsoring societies nominated young working engineers from among their membership. The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) submitted Jacklitch-Kuiken’s nomination to the foundation.
Jackltich-Kuiken is an asset to National Wind Assessments’ team with her dual qualifications as a meteorologist and mechanical engineer. She brings an insightful and comprehensive approach to the assessment, design, installation and operation of wind energy systems for National Wind Assessments.
Jacklitch-Kuiken is not only an advocate for the engineering profession, but also for women’s advancement in the sciences.
Jacklitch-Kuiken actively participates in the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”, sponsored by the foundation, by visiting local schools, teaching girls about what it is like to be an engineer. Currently only 20 percent of engineering undergraduates are women. Only ten percent of the engineering workforce are women.
The National Engineers Week Foundation’s overall goal is to ensure that more people are educated and working in the engineering profession. They promote pre-college literacy in math and science to help increase young people’s understanding and interest in engineering and technology careers.
Lots of engineering jobs exist in the growing field of wind energy. A study released by the RES Alliance for Jobs, found that if passed, a 25% by 2025 National Renewable Electricity Standard would support an additional 274,000 renewable energy jobs. Currently, the wind industry supports just over 85,000 jobs. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is helping advocate for Congress to pass a 25% by 2025 National RES this session. This standard would require all U.S. states to have 25% of their energy come from renewable sources by year 2025. Learn how you can help support this effort!
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently reported that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provided a “lifeline” for many wind projects, helping stabilize the industry. Last year alone the ARRA distributed over one billion dollars in grants to help projects across the country.
Now its community wind’s turn. The Department of Energy, through the ARRA wanted to help fund community-based projects. NECO Wind, a 650 megawatt project in Northeast Colorado, is one of only five to receive this support.
Last week NECO Wind was awarded $2.5 million to help fund its first 30 megawatt phase in Phillips County, Colorado. The entire 650 megawatts plans to be developed across the three counties of Phillips, Sedgwick and Logan.
Senator Mark Udall has worked closely with NECO’s managing partner, National Wind, in support of the project.
Senator Udall congratulates NECO for its ‘creative proposal to generate jobs, strengthen the community and provide clean energy to northeast Colorado.’
Currently, NECO Wind has 125 local participating landowners. With 81,000 acres signed, the project has made swift progress and is almost complete with site control. Revenues from the project will be shared with local landowners, a unique characteristic of National Wind’s community model. Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s something cool. Debbie Jacklich-Kuiken, National Wind Assessment’s resident meteorologist/mechanical engineer extraordinaire was recently featured on the cover of PE magazine. The cover was promoting a feature highlighting the accomplishments of 20 young engineers, one of whom was, obviously, Debbie.
National Wind and National Wind Assessments congratulate Debbie on the honor, and thank her for all of her hard work doing wind assessment.
Also, I want one of those sweet National Wind jackets. Can anybody help me out with that?
Here’s the inside blurb on her extraordinary work:
Lake Country Wind Energy announced today that it has selected REPower’s MM92 turbine for its first 40 megawatt phase. The 40 megawatt phase will consist of 20 MM92 turbines each rated at 2.05 megawatts with a 100 meter hub height.
This will be REPower’s first wind turbine order for Minnesota and it helps advance the construction of the 40 megawatt phase to late 2010.
This will be the start of the largest community-owned wind farm in central Minnesota (Meeker and Kandiyohi Counties). Lake Country Wind Energy along with managing partner, National Wind, plans to develop additional wind projects up to 340 megawatts over the next several years.
National Wind has experienced an exciting year! National Wind witnessed the largest annual growth ever in 2008, as did the US wind industry as a whole. We added 7 large-scale community-wind projects to our development portfolio in 2008:
- Root River Energy, LLC: 300 MW, located in Fillmore County, Minnesota;
- Lake Country Wind Energy, LLC: 340 MW, located in Meeker and Kandiyohi Counties, Minnesota;
- Spanish Peaks, LLC: 200 MW, located in Huerfano County, Colorado;
- NECO Wind, LLC: 400 MW, located in Logan, Phillips, and Sedgwick Counties, Colorado;
- Goodhue Wind, LLC: 78 MW, located in Goodhue County, Minnesota;
- Red Rock Wind Energy, LLC: 300 MW, located in Emmet and Dickinson Counties, Iowa; and
- Little Rock Wind, LLC: 250 MW, located in Big Stone County, Minnesota.
National Wind has 12 families of projects in development or operation. These companies are collectively developing 50-60 wind projects which represent 4,000 MW. The developments are located across the Upper Midwest and Plains States.
National Wind’s growth in the past year extends beyond its additional project development work, with more employees and new office locations added in 2008.
National Wind’s employee count has grown to 48. This includes the addition of 5 new wind developers and 14 local field specialists to effectively handle new project growth.
Four project companies National Wind manages opened new offices in the following project development areas: Julesburg, CO; Kasson, MN; Atwater, MN; and Ortonville, MN – providing support and services to the community and participating project members.
The National Wind Assessments team also moved into new and expanded offices in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in early 2008.
National Wind Assessments, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN and Grand Forks, ND, announces today that it is the exclusive US dealer of Composite Tower Solutions 80-meter meteorological (met) towers. Most met towers installed today are typically 50 to 60 meters in height, although most wind turbines are being erected on 80 meter or taller towers. Met towers installed at this 80 meter height, increase the accuracy of the wind data, allowing us to determine the best sites for turbine placement. National Wind Assessments recently installed an 80-meter composite met tower in Fillmore County, MN for National Wind’s 300 megawatt Root River Energy wind farm development.
Composite Tower Solutions has the world’s most advanced lattice tilt-up towers. An innovative lattice prism design enables the towers to be lightweight, lowering wind resistance and easing transportation. View pictures at http://www.windassessments.com
View the press release below:
National Wind Assessments Signs An Exclusive Dealership Agreement With Revolutionary Meteorological Tower Manufacturer
Minneapolis, Minnesota – October 31, 2008- National Wind Assessments announced today an agreement with Composite Tower Solutions, becoming the first exclusive US dealer of their 80 meter meteorological (met) towers. National Wind Assessments recently installed an 80-meter composite met tower in Fillmore County for National Wind’s 300 megawatt Root River Energy wind farm development (Go to http://www.windassessments.com to view pictures.)
A met tower is a multi-instrument device which records wind speeds, wind direction, temperature, and air density over time, leading to a complete depiction of the wind attributes of a project site. Composite Tower Solutions has the world’s most advanced lattice tilt-up towers. An innovative lattice prism design enables the towers to be lightweight, lowering wind resistance and easing transportation. This design also increases the tower’s capability of handling the harshest climate conditions.
“The industry is moving toward using taller, 80-meter met towers because they can measure wind speeds at the height wind turbines operate,” says Kevin Romuld, President of National Wind Assessments. “Most met towers installed today are typically 50 to 60 meters in height, although most wind turbines are being erected on 80 meter or taller towers. Met towers installed at this height, increase the accuracy of the wind data, allowing us to determine the best sites for turbine placement. Composite Tower Solutions’ lattice prism technology is also a cost-effective alternative to shorter towers. ”
Composite Tower Solutions, Inc is a US-based company located in Provo Utah. For over a decade, the composite technology company has developed and manufactured composite towers for wind resource assessment needs.
“National Wind Assessments’ team members have the advanced experience, expertise, and industry relationships necessary to help our taller towers become the industry standard,” says Dr. Ted Clark, CEO of Composite Tower Solutions. “With shorter towers, wind data must be mathematically transformed to provide an estimate for the actual height wind turbines operate. This estimation always includes some errors. Utilities, financiers, and wind developers want the most accurate wind calculations available, error-free, so they can realize increased commercial wind energy production. Measurement errors due to lower than hub height data provide less certainty in project revenue, so bankers and investors have to be more cautious in funding projects when accurate hub height data is not available.”
National Wind Assessments is the first dealer of Composite Tower Solutions within the US. The company has exclusive rights to sell and install these towers in the following states: Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska. National Wind Assessments can extend installation and sales of Composite Towers throughout North America, but exclusive rights remain within the specified states.
About National Wind Assessments:
National Wind, LLC, acquired National Wind Assessments, formerly Romuld Wind Consulting, in 2007. Kevin Romuld, President of National Wind Assessments, and founder of Romuld Wind Consulting, supervises this division. Their expert consultants provide comprehensive wind assessments. They provide meteorological tower sales, meteorological tower installation, wind data acquisition, site analysis and modeling, wind farm design and layout, projected energy production and turbine recommendations. Their wind consulting team has worked on over 100 wind projects, primarily in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Colorado, Iowa and Ohio. Please visit http://www.nationalwindassessments.com for more information.
About Composite Tower Solutions: Composite Tower Solutions, Inc is a US based company located in Provo Utah. It is a composite technology company that develops and manufactures a superior & propriety state of art composite towers for wind recourse assessment needs. Currently common applications are meteorological towers, weather towers and data collection and instrumentation towers. In the future, wide variety of applications with a range of diameters will be possible. For more information please visit http://compositetower.com/.
High Country Energy is pleased to announce that two respected community members will be joining their Advisory Board. John Meyer of Stewartville and Lisa Heggedhal of Hayfield will help ensure that the project stays in touch with local intrests and ideas. Both hold a passion for community involvement, as well this renewable resource, making them a valuble asset to the High Country community development model.
Check out this press release for more details on the new members!:
Two Local Community Members Join the Advisory Board of High Country Energy
Kasson, Minnesota – October 20th, 2008 – Two new faces join High Country Energy’s advisory board, providing fresh insight into the development of its wind farm. The High Country Energy members elected to the board are John Meyer of Stewartville and Lisa Heggedahl of Hayfield. High Country Energy’s board of advisors is an important part of the community development model. Their role is to help ensure that the project stays in touch with local interests and ideas. Landowners participating in the project elect the new members.
“As a community-based development, we want to provide as many opportunities as possible for local landowners to participate in the development process and have their voices heard,” says Mark Lucas, Vice-President of National Wind. “Each year a few new members will be elected to the advisory board and others will rotate off. Lisa and John are respected community members and will deliver a fresh perspective on what’s important to those involved in our project. We value local representation and the community’s input, and we’re proud to incorporate it as part of our business structure.”
Meyer and Heggedahl were preceded by Larry Larson and Kevin Green, two of High Country’s original founders. Green and Larson stepped down from their board positions after a year of service.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of High Country Energy’s advisory board,” says Heggedahl. “As a board member, I have the opportunity to represent the community as a whole so that they can play an important part in the development process. I’m in a great position to help guide this project in a direction that best suits the community, and that’s exactly what I’ll do.”
“The wind industry is going to play a steadily growing and critically essential role in our country’s newfound trek toward energy independence,” says Meyer. “There are currently many developments going up across our state, and because of the premium wind resource found here, there will be many more. I’m pleased to take an active role in helping make High Country Energy a successful wind project for our community. No other development in our area provides landowners with an opportunity for local ownership in the project and a means for a local landowner advisory voice as an integral contribution in the development of the project. I’m looking forward to personally being involved and working with all the board members, community landowners, and investors on High Country Energy’s activities.”
We’re pretty energized about our community wind project in Northeast South Dakota. It’s by far the biggest community wind project in the state and it’s coming along quite nicely. Dakota Wind Energy has signed over 40,000 acres!
Here’s the release:
Dakota Wind Energy Signs Over 40,000 Acres With Plans To Develop South Dakota’s Largest Community-Owned Wind Farm
Eden, South Dakota – August 27, 2008- Dakota Wind Energy, LLC, a South Dakota community-owned wind development company, achieved an important project milestone today. They now have over 40,000 acres of land under option in connection with its plans to develop South Dakota’s largest community-based wind farm in Day, Roberts and Marshall Counties. This is over half the acres needed to develop wind projects up to an aggregate of 750 megawatts. 750 megawatts of wind projects require approximately 75,000 acres of land for development.
“The landowner interest in our project has been immense, especially with our recently announced intrastate public offering,” says Pete Karlsson, a local project field specialist. “Most landowners who have granted Dakota Wind Energy wind related rights are choosing to become owners in the project company. Everyone involved in this development is extremely dedicated to creating a project that gives landowners the opportunity for potential long-term ownership benefits. These are benefits non-community-based wind development cannot offer.”
Site control is an important part of Dakota Wind Energy’s development process. The local project field specialists in the area, Pete Karlsson, Charlie Kraemer and Brian Stuart, will continue working with landowners on a frequent basis. Dakota Wind Energy hopes to build its first project phase in the next 3 to 5 years.
“We expect our project to be here for the long-term and we want to be proud of how it fits in with the community,” says Mark Lucas, Vice President of National Wind, the manager of Dakota Wind Energy. “Not only is this project designed to provide landowners with an potential income resource and keep additional dollars within the community, we expect it will also provide a source of skilled ‘sustainable’ jobs to the project area. Because the project is intended to create clean, renewable energy, these would be “environmentally preferred” jobs that would not add to air pollution or create additional greenhouse gas emissions.”
Wind Powering America and the National Renewable Energy Lab report that every 100 megawatts of installed wind capacity creates, on average, 10-20 permanent, local jobs and 40-140 temporary, construction jobs, including meteorologists, surveyors, structural engineers, assembly workers, lawyers, bankers, and technicians. Windustry reports that wind energy creates 30% more jobs than a coal plant and 66% more than a nuclear power plant per unit of energy generated.
“We want this project to have a positive, local impact on the community and we are confident that we are heading in that direction,” says Karlsson. “We expect our project alone to add about 75-150 permanent, local jobs and about 300 -1000 temporary, construction jobs to the three-county area.” To learn more about how to participate in this project, please contact Pete, Charlie or Brian at Dakota Wind Energy’s Eden office number: (605) 884-5515.
Eden, South Dakota – July 18, 2008 – Dakota Wind Energy, LLC, a South Dakota community-owned wind development company, announces an intrastate public offering of its securities. This offering is only open to South Dakota resident landowners who grant wind-related rights to Dakota Wind Energy. Dakota Wind Energy plans to develop over 750 megawatts of community-owned wind farms in Roberts, Marshall and Day Counties in South Dakota.
“We want landowners participating in Dakota Wind Energy to have the opportunity to own units in the company,” says Gerry Fisher, a member of the Dakota Wind Energy board of advisors. “An intrastate public offering makes this possible. It also allows us to return a portion of the development proceeds to Dakota Wind Energy members over a long-term period.”
All South Dakota landowners that reside within the project’s footprint may receive ownership units in Dakota Wind Energy. Landowners who grant wind-related rights to Dakota Wind Energy can receive either a traditional cash payment, or units in Dakota Wind Energy through this offering.
“Shared ownership is what makes Dakota Wind Energy different from traditional wind developers,” says Mark Lucas, Vice President of National Wind. “Most other developers do not offer ownership; they only provide turbine lease agreements. In our wind developments, even if landowners do not end up with a wind turbine on their property, they still have the opportunity to own a part of Dakota Wind Energy. More than any other private offering structure, an intrastate public offering allows for the greatest number of local landowners to participate.”
The number of units offered to each resident landowner is dependent on the amount of acres subject to the wind easement granted by the landowner. The wind easements secured through this offering will help Dakota Wind Energy develop up to 750 megawatts of wind projects.
“Dakota Wind Energy plans to develop its projects in 100-150 megawatt phases up to a total of 750 megawatts,” says Lucas. “The economic benefits of owning units may be seen as each phase moves into commercial operation and also when the appropriate agreements are entered into with regional utility companies.” Dakota Wind Energy plans to build its first phase within the next three to five years.
All units will be sold directly to local South Dakota investors without use of a broker-dealer or agent. Sales of securities will only be made after interested investors have received and reviewed a prospectus. Interested investors can obtain more information on this project at http://www.dakotawindenergy.com/.
June 26, 2008
Central and Southeastern Minnesota landowners now have an opportunity to participate in two large-scale, community-owned projects. National Wind, LLC announces today its partnership with local landowners to form two Minnesota wind development companies, Root River Energy, LLC, in Fillmore County, and Lake Country Wind Energy, LLC, in Meeker and Kandiyohi Counties. Over the next five years, the projects plan to develop up to 500 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power a total of nearly 150,000 homes.
National Wind, the project manager, along with the local landowners, and community leaders, provided the founding capital to establish Root River Energy, LLC and Lake Country Wind Energy, LLC. Both developments have formed a members’ advisory board of area landowners to assist with community participation and communication. Root River Energy, LLC’s advisory board members are: Craig and Ardis Forland, Joel and Barbara Nelson, Rick and Gina Jahn, Ronald and Lanna Gehling, and Kenneth and Therese Graner. Lake Country Wind Energy, LLC ‘s advisory board members are: John Slinden, Gordon Behm, Jim Huisman, Tim Huisman, Wes Nelson, Dale Walter, Cliff Larson, and Steve and Connie Bergo.
“Lake Country Wind Energy and Root River Energy’s community-based wind model provides many benefits for landowners and their local economies,” says Jack Levi, Co-Chair of National Wind. “A large portion of the development proceeds from these projects are retained in the community. Landowners have the opportunity to participate on many levels, including helping steer the development process to effectively benefit their local communities. It is easy to see why these types of projects have strong, local support.”
National Wind partnered with community members in Dodge, Olmsted, and Mower Counties last year to form Minnesota’s first large-scale community wind project, High Country Energy, LLC. This 300 megawatt project currently has 150 megawatts committed to Wisconsin Public Service Corporation.
“I am eager to get to work on the Lake Country Wind Energy board,” says Steve Bergo, a local board member. “The investment of my time and money in this project is different from anything I’ve been involved in before. I have the opportunity to really make a difference in my local economy and environment. My goal is to get other community members as energized about the project as I am.”