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Distributed Wind Assistance Program for Virginia

May 2017 Section Meeting

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan J. Miles, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA - Click Here for the speaker's bio.


TVA Wind TurbinesThe 2014 Virginia Energy Plan approved by Governor Terry McAuliffe states as its first recommendation to "accelerate the development of renewable energy sources in the Commonwealth to ensure a diverse fuel mix and promote long-term economic health." Since the publication of this latest quadrennial state energy plan, Virginia has taken measures to broaden its energy portfolio, in particular with respect to renewable energy. Legislation was passed that is designed to enable and promote greater solar deployment on both public and private lands; a Virginia-based energy developer, Apex Clean Energy, has gained approvals to build the first commercial wind power plant in Virginia; and Dominion Virginia Power, the state's largest utility, has made progress toward deploying the state's first offshore wind turbines. However, a singular opportunity to further diversify our renewable energy portfolio in Virginia remains overlooked. In 2017, the Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University will upgrade and re-launch the Distributed Wind Assistance Program for Virginia (DWAP4VA) to fill this gap, and will leverage the excellent wind resources in Virginia where they coincide with rural small businesses and agricultural producers throughout the state. This program will further diversify the state's power generation portfolio while simultaneously enabling small businesses and agricultural producers to generate power independently while reducing their electricity costs.

Biographical Information:

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles serves as Professor of Integrated Science and Technology and Director of the Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University. The Center supports Research, Education, Outreach, and Deployment as they pertain to wind and solar power, energy efficiency, and conservation. Dr. Miles has previously served at the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, and he also served as the first Program Director of the international Master's program in Environmental Management and Sustainability (formerly Sustainable Energy Resources Management) at JMU. Dr. Miles earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his B.A. in Physics from Clark University.

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