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Clean Energy States Alliance
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Collaborative Group of Public Clean Energy Programs Identifies Small
Wind Turbines Eligible for Participation in State Incentive Programs
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Today, the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC), a project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), released the first version of its Unified List of small wind turbines (turbines with a rotor swept area less than 200 m2) eligible for state incentive program funding. The Unified List provides a collaborative and common list of turbines, a critical step in developing a robust distributed wind market. The List will be used by ITAC-member clean energy programs across the United States, who have pooled resources to efficiently review and evaluate turbines.
Six clean energy programs across the U.S. will be adopting the Unified List: the Energy Trust of Oregon, the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), the California Energy Commission, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, and Nevada Energy. The List provides these programs with peer-reviewed, carefully-vetted turbines that have proven safety and reliability records and third-party certified power performance.
"Having individual state lists of eligible wind turbines is inefficient and causes confusion in the marketplace, and managing these lists has proven a challenge for state clean energy funds," said Mark Sinclair, Executive Director of Clean Energy States Alliance. "It is vital for states to collaborate and share intelligence about past and present product performance, customer and dealer experiences and program challenges, and that's what ITAC's Unified List helps them do."
"NYSERDA sees tremendous value in the Unified List," said Mark Mayhew, Project Manager of NYSERDA’s Wind Incentive Program. "The information contained in the List, and the collaborative process to create it, will help us improve our program and provide valuable benefits to our customers." NYSERDA adopted the list as of today.
The following turbines are included in ITAC’s Unified List: Bergey Excel 10, Endurance S343, Evance R9000, Gaia 133, Wind Turbine Industries, Corp. Jacobs 31-20, Southwest Windpower Skystream 3.7, and Xzeres 442SR. Only ITAC-member programs may use the Unified List for incentive eligibility. Programs wishing to use the list should contact CESA to discuss membership.
Over the last year, ITAC has hosted regular meetings to identify, discuss, review, and collect information on small wind turbines in order to create a carefully vetted list. ITAC determined criteria and requirements for small turbine review to increase consumer confidence in small wind technology, provide consistency to public clean energy programs, and to ensure that tax- or rate-payer funding supports the installation of reliable and safe technology.
In addition to requiring certification to the AWEA 9.1-2009 (small wind) standard, ITAC reviewed manufacturers’ consumer and dealer services, marketing consistency with third-party testing, turbine operational history, turbine warranty, and manufacturers’ response to technical problems, failures, and customer complaints.
ITAC will be reviewing mid-sized turbines (rotor swept area greater than 200m2) over the upcoming months and plans to release a second version of its list in the fall of 2012.
To view the list of ITAC small turbine requirements and the full list of qualified turbines, please visit ITAC’s web page at http://www.cleanenergystates.org/projects/ITAC.
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About Clean Energy States Alliance: Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing state and local efforts to implement smart clean energy policies, programs, technology innovation, and financing tools to drive increased investment and market making. CESA works with the leading state and public clean energy programs and provides information sharing and technical assistance to states and local governments on “best in class” clean energy programs and policies. CESA also facilitates collaborative networks to coordinate efforts between states, federal agencies, and other stakeholders to leverage accelerated progress on deploying clean energy projects and markets. For more information, visit www.cleanenergystates.org.