Over the past 10 to 15 years, the electric utility industry has moved dramatically in the direction of renewable generation. Solar has enjoyed particularly widespread success, with a broad mix of residential, community and utility-scale installations. Wind power has seen equally strong adoption, but nearly all at utility scale, while local and residential installations have been less robust.
But a new program from the Department of Energy called Rural Area Distributed Wind Integration Network Development (RADWIND) is working to change that, enlisting the help of electric cooperatives to broaden the use of wind as a distributed generation resource. In this episode, we talk about the broad potential of wind power with Michael Leitman, NRECA’s system optimization director and the RADWIND project manager, and Aaron Ruschy, vice president of operations and engineering at Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative.
Listen to the episode below: