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Wind Energy Applications for Municipal Water Services

Jeffrey Havelin, P.E.

Course Outline

As communities grow, greater demands are placed on water supplies, wastewater services, and the electricity needed to power the growing water services infrastructure. Water is also a critical resource for thermoelectric power plants. Future population growth in the United States is therefore expected to heighten competition for water resources. Many parts of the United States with increasing water stresses also have significant wind energy resources. Wind power is the fastest-growing electric generation source in the United States and is decreasing in cost to be competitive with thermoelectric generation.

Wind energy can offer communities in water-stressed areas the option of economically meeting increasing energy needs without increasing demands on valuable water resources. Wind energy can also provide targeted energy production to serve critical local water-system needs. The research presented in this report describes a systematic assessment of the potential for wind power to support water utility operation, with the objective to identify promising technical applications and water utility case study opportunities.

This three-hour course is based entirely on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Publication - NREL/CP-500-39178 titled Wind Energy Applications for Municipal Water Services: January 2006. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.

Learning Objective

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for engineers who our involved with municipal water distribution or water treatment or engineers who are interested in learning about wind power potential with respect to these industries.

Benefit for Attendee

Attendee of this course will be learning about wind energy applications for municipal water Services.

Course Content

This course is based entirely on National Renewable Energy Laboratory Publication - NREL/CP-500-39178 titled Wind Energy Applications for Municipal Water Services: January 2006.

The link to the course materials is as follows:

Wind Energy Applications for Municipal Water Services (NREL/CP-500-39178)

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.