AWS Truepower Awarded DOE Funds To Support Wind-Forecasting Research


Energy consulting firm AWS Truepower LLC will receive $2.15 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The company will lead a team of several partners and work with DOE and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to develop, deploy and manage a targeted observation campaign using advanced atmospheric measurements to be integrated by using an ensemble of physics-based atmospheric models covering a broad area of Texas.

NOAA will provide project support in the areas of instrument deployment and operation, data assimilation and advanced forecast modeling. The project will focus on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) territory.Â

‘We selected the ERCOT territory because it contains a sufficient number of wind farms and features characteristic weather phenomena that will facilitate transfer of the resulting work to other regions of the U.S.,’ says John Manobianco, director of research and technical services at AWS Truepower and principal investigator for the project.

The funding is intended to enable utilities and grid operators to more accurately forecast when and where electricity will be generated from wind power. The AWS Truepower project team will include Texas Tech University, North Carolina State University, the University of Oklahoma, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and consultants MESO Inc. and ICF International.


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