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History of U.S. Wind Turbines
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The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) is built to be the nation's premier wind energy technology research facility. The NWTC continues to help industry reduce the cost of energy so that wind can compete with traditional energy sources.
U.S.'s total capacity is about 2,500 MW
1st 3MW wind turbine built
10,000 MW is the total capacity
20,000 MW is the total capacity for the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Energy publishes their 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report.
40,280 MW capacity reached
The U.S. Department of Energy releases the National Offshore Wind Strategy in partnership with the Department of the Interior to reduce the cost of energy through technology development and reducing deployment timelines. In the following year, three offshore wind demonstration projects are chosen as a part of this $168 million initiative.
The amount of wind energy produced in the United States reaches the point of being able to power 15 million homes.
With the support of a $12 million investment from the U.S. Department of Energy, the University of Maine deploys a1:8 scale, 20-kw concrete-composite floating platform wind turbine--the first to be deployed in the world--strengthening American leadership in innovative clean energy.
Building off of the 2008 20% Wind Energy by 2030 initiative, the Wind Vision Report is released showing that 35% wind energy is possible by 2050.
80 GW capacity reached in the U.S.
Daniel Halladay and John Burnham start the U.S. Wind Engine Company and build the Halladay Windmill, which is designed for the landscape of the American West.
Wind power in North America is used to help farmers and ranchers pump water for irrigation and windmills generate electricity for homes and businesses.
The invention of steel blades for windmills makes them more efficient and as homesteaders move west, more than six million windmills are erected throughout the countryside.
The Chicago World’s Fair showcases 15 windmill companies and their wind turbine designs.
The largest wind turbine of the time operates on a Vermont hilltop known as “Grandpa’s Knob.” Its 1.25 megawatts feed electric power to the local utility network for several months during World War II.
The price of oil skyrockets and so does interest and research in wind turbines and the power they generate.
Allen O'Shea becomes 1st president of AWEA
President Ford signs solar energy research
NASA builds 1st large scale wind turbine but it isn't fully functional
NASA uses funding to build wind turbines that set records for rotor size and power out put
Congress passes the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, which requires companies to buy a certain amount of electricity from renewable energy sources, including wind.
Forerunner wind turbine built: it had 3 33ft. blades and was the most successful early turbines
The first large (utility-scale) wind farms are installed in California. As a result, many important lessons are learned, such as greater awareness of environmental affects and proper siting--where wind turbines are installed--which lead to the development of lower impact designs.
1st wind warm installed in New Hampshire: 20 30kW wind turbines
National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists Larry Viterna and Bob Corrigan develop “The Viterna Method,” which becomes the most common method used for predicting wind turbine performance, thus increasing the efficiency of turbine output to this day.
President Regan cuts funding by 90%
California wind rush
Most common wind turbine is the 56-100 kW wind turbine
California's extensive wind farms reach 1,200 MW accounting for most of the U.S. wind power
The Energy Policy Act authorizes a production tax credit of 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour of wind-power-generated electricity and re-establishes a focus on renewable energy use.
Introduction of the variable-speed wind turbine
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