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Wind project receives U.S. Department of Energy funding

July 16, 2009

Wind project receives U.S. Department of Energy funding

For Immediate Release: July 16, 2009

Feds recognize Minnesota's leadership role in wind energy by awarding grant to Honeywell 

(St. Paul, MN…) The Minnesota Department of Commerce's Office of Energy Security announced today that a Minnesota wind energy project will receive $626,086 from the U.S Department of Energy to coincide with the release of the 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report, detailing $16 billion in investment in wind projects made in the U.S. in 2008.

Minnesota' project is a grant to Honeywell for Condition Based Monitoring for Wind Farms. Honeywell will adapt aerospace Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) technology for application to wind turbines. Through continuous monitoring of wind turbine health, the CBM system will improve turbine reliability and reduce wind farm operation and maintenance costs.  Honeywell's efforts will also be supported by Juhl Wind, based in Woodstock, MN, a nationally recognized pioneer in community-based wind power development and management.

Minnesota leads the nation in the percentage of electricity from wind at 7.48% and currently has 1,804 MW of installed wind power generating capacity, ranking fourth in the nation behind Texas, Iowa and California. Wind energy is an important part of meeting the Pawlenty Administration's goal of generating 25% of our energy from renewables by the year 2025.

"Today's announcement is further recognition of Minnesota's leadership role in developing wind energy," said Bill Glahn, Director of the Office of Energy Security. "Not only do we have the capacity for wind energy because of our geography, we also have the expertise of great Minnesota companies like Honeywell to take advantage of it."

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the selection of 28 new wind energy projects for up to $13.8 million in funding - including $12.8 million in Recovery Act funds.  These projects will help address market and deployment challenges including wind turbine research and testing and transmission analysis, planning, assessments.