Thursday, May 11, 2006

California Begins Comprehensive Wind Energy Study

GE Energy has signed a contract with the University of California to conduct a wind energy study in California.

The California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program is funding the project which will span 16 months. It is based on a similar study GE performed in 2004 and 2005 of the New York State power grid.

California currently leads the U.S. in the development of wind power. While the state had 2,150 megawatts (MW) of installed wind capacity at the end of 2005, according to the American Wind Energy Association, this study is considered essential in any given state before any further renewable generation facilities can be built.