Anemometer Loans Help Small Wind

One year of wind data collection for potential small wind installations in Colorado is complete, and could lead to a wind power distributed generation network. The Anemometer Loan Program (ALP) was organized by the Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help determine the feasibility of small wind power sites throughout the state.

Denver, Colorado – September 3, 2004 [] “The interest in wind energy in Colorado is very strong and keeps growing,” said Rick Grice, OEMC director. “Small wind power can help farmers and ranchers save energy and reduce the demand on the grid, all with a clean, renewable fuel.” In 2003 anemometers were loaned to sites in Aurora, Julesburg, Lamar, Leadville, Meeker, Montrose and Walden. Data collected at the sites was analyzed and interpreted by a third-party expert to help make decisions regarding the feasibility of installing wind generators at these locations. The Lamar site is a hog farm operation, and, based on the data collected, plans to install an 80-foot-tall wind turbine that will provide power to the hog farm operations. Currently, the farm is creating some electricity and heat from an anaerobic digester. In Julesburg and Meeker, the property owners have continued their data collection to determine if larger wind turbine installations are feasible. The Meeker site will keep the ALP equipment until the end of September. Five of the seven original anemometers have been dismantled and relocated in Eads, Carbondale, Deer Trail, Sedgwick and Paonia. Due to a lightning strike at the Walden site, this anemometer will remain until the summer of 2005. In response to the popularity of the ALP, OEMC has recently purchased an additional anemometer. In early September, it will be installed near the town of Cimarron.
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