Training Center Investigates Wind Turbines to Conserve Energy

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) confirmed today that Coast Guard Training Center Cape May is a viable location for the installation of wind turbine power generators.

The determination of viability from NREL is the first step in process to promote and increase renewable power at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. “The Coast Guard is very excited about the potential for wind power generation at Training Center Cape May. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires 5% of a government agencies total power consumption to be derived from renewable sources by 2010, while the Department of Homeland Security is calling for a goal of 10% by 2010,” said Danny Gore, the Energy Manager for the Coast Guard.

In order to meet the energy goals set by DHS, Training Center Cape May contracted, NORESCO, an energy service company, to begin design and complete the environmental studies necessary to determine whether or not a federal undertaking would significantly affect the environment. NORESCO will also coordinate with local and state departments for required permits.

In July 2007, the training center installed a wind metering system on its 376-foot Rescue 21 Tower to collect wind speed and direction data to determine if the training center was a viable site for the wind turbine power generators.

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