Electric Co-ops Tapped by DOE for Wind Development

Electric cooperatives were selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to research community-based wind energy solutions.

The DOE identified the potential for more than 10 gigawatts of electricity capacity on rural distribution grids and selected the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association for collaborative research with DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The goal is to increase the understanding of the potential benefits of distributed wind and support the adoption of these technologies in rural areas.

NRECA, the trade association for the country’s electric co-ops, supports accelerating cost-effective, responsible deployment of distributed wind systems that can provide benefits to rural electric consumer-members.