A discussion about the future of the wind energy industry and the goal of 20% Energy from Wind by 2030
Lawrence Jones | AREVA T&D Inc.
As part of economic measures to recover the global economy, the US as well as governments of the other G20 nations including China, Canada, and the EU put in place policy and financial incentives to stimulate their economies. Worldwide, smart grid and renewable efforts benefited from billions of dollars of grants and other tax incentives. In the US alone over $4 billion in grants for smart grid projects were awarded to utilities and over $16 billion of incentives were allocated for renewable and other clean technologies. These investments are expected to spur more growth in these industry sectors. According to a 2009 3rd Quarter update on the state of the US wind industry by AWEA, the investments in wind plants are beginning to pick up. With all the attention the smart grid and renewable energy have received in the media and on Wall Street during this recession, one can expect a growth in these technologies in the coming years.
In related more recent news, the DOE announced on November 24th that the $178 million Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project was one of 16 regional smart grid demonstration awards to be funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). AREVA T&D’s Network Management Solutions unit in Redmond, Washington, is a technology and vendor partner on the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project team being managed by Battelle whose purpose is to expand upon existing infrastructure and test new smart grid technology with up to 60,000 customers in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Using Smart Grid technologies, the study will test new combinations of devices, software and advanced analytical tools that enhance the power grid’s reliability and performance. A reliable and high performance power grid will accommodate increased integration and utilization or renewable energy.
Director, Strategy and Business Development, for the Americas at AREVA T&D Inc.
His areas of focus include Smart Transmission and Distribution Grids, Renewable Energy, and Climate Change Impacts on Energy Systems. He is a frequent lecturer on issues such as climate change, smart grid technologies, and other energy and water related topics in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Jones also serves Chairman of the Energy and Smart Grid Committee of TechAmerica, and as Affiliate Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Jones co-founded the International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power and Transmission Networks for Off Shore Wind Farms (2000) which has become one of the prominent wind energy conferences held in Europe. He served as Chairman of the Renewable Energy Stability Modeling Industry Task Force of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) in 2001 – 2002. Dr. Jones has given numerous presentations and written several articles on the topics of renewable energy and grid operations He holds M.Sc., Licentiate, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
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