Lawmakers and regulators around the world are involved in renewable energy options. The wind industry, on-shore and off-shore, has taken significant attention as subsidies, credits, and limitations have been brought into play.
Some utilities have struggled to bring (what regulators consider as) adequate new renewable energy into service. Others, like the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, have been very aggressive in their commitment to meet state law requirements for their Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) portfolio.
WHI Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Systems (WHI VAWT Systems) bring regulators and lawmakers a new opportunity to support wind energy producers. Using the concept of Power Density, the coupled vortex effect, and understory development, the capacity factor of a significant percentage of existing wind farms can bring more renewable power on line using existing permitted sites.
For new sites, where planning for infrastructure and transmission is just now underway, WHI VAWT Systems can double or more the energy available from a site where the annual wind speed averages, at 10m above the ground, are 6.5m/sec or better.
Policy makers and administrators responsible for regulating private utilities need to know that more power is available with the new paradigm of power density, and its opportunity for understory development of existing wind farms, and higher production of new wind farms.
In addition, regulators are now facing the decommissioning/recommissioning of the early-day wind farms. WHI VAWT technolgy, utility-scale turbine systems that can support the transition to a second generation wind farming, can also boost energy production by raising the capacity factor of existing infrastructure and transission.