Collaborative Group of Public Clean Energy Programs Identifies Medium Wind Turbines Eligible for Participation in State Incentive Programs
MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC), a project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), added the first medium-sized wind turbines to its new Unified List of wind turbines. Turbines with a rotor swept area of more than 200m2 and up to 1000m2 (meters squared) that meet ITAC review requirements are eligible for the list. The medium-sized list complements the Unified List of small wind turbines, released in May 2012. Together, ITAC members developed a common list of a wide range of reliable 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.
The following medium-sized wind turbines are included in ITAC’s Unified List for medium wind turbines: Endurance E-3120 three phase, Endurance E-3120 single phase, and Northern Power NP 100-21. These turbines were reviewed carefully against technical, safety, warranty, and customer service criteria. The technical review requirements were developed in collaboration with the Distributed Wind Energy Association and reference certifications to various International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) standards. ITAC’s medium wind turbine listing requirements are less rigorous and costly than IEC’s large turbine standard. The criteria and requirements developed for the review will increase consumer confidence in wind technology, provide consistency to public clean energy programs, and ensure that tax- or ratepayer funding supports the installation of reliable and safe wind energy technology.
Seven clean energy programs across the United States use the ITAC Unified List: the Energy Trust of Oregon, the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), the California Energy Commission, the Maryland Energy Administration, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, and NV Energy. The List provides these programs with peer-reviewed, carefully-vetted turbines that have proven safety and reliability records and third-party acoustic and power performance reports.
"Without a turbine standard against which to determine the safety and reliability of this turbine class, medium wind turbines have been falling through the certification cracks," said Mark Sinclair, Executive Director of Clean Energy States Alliance. "ITAC’s new medium wind review criteria will serve as an interim standard to identify these turbines. The development of these criteria demonstrates the value of multi-state collaboration, and we expect the release of the List to play a significant role in building the medium-sized wind market.”
“Evaluating turbines to determine which ones should be eligible for our program has always been a challenge. Hiring an outside consultant can be very costly, but performing the review in-house is very time consuming. ITAC provides an independent, third-party review and allows the program to be ‘an arm’s length” from the review process. ITAC’s Unified Lists are tremendous assets to our program,” said Mark Mayhew, Project Manager for NYSERDA’s On-Site Wind Turbine Incentive Program.
Only ITAC-member programs may use the Unified List for incentive eligibility. Programs wishing to use the list should contact CESA to discuss membership.
To view the list of ITAC turbine requirements and the full list of qualified turbines, please visit ITAC’s web page http://www.cleanenergystates.org/projects/ITAC/itac-unified-list-of-wind-turbines/
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