Alternative Energy Institute

Department of Energy NREL West Texas A&M University

WEATS 2010 - Program Information

WEATS has been used as a method of connecting the information at the federal level of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to the selected participants that have the best chance to use the information to begin or further wind energy projects on their facilities. In the past we have had attendees from select foreign countries as well as Native American tribes from across the United States.

The goal is to present, in a short amount of time, the general information that is needed to plan a wind energy project. Then to familiarize the participants with the key steps and potential problems with wind energy developments. To do that the participants will be presented with the fundamentals of wind energy, how turbines work, the constraints of location and access to the power grid and the potential economic impact for the region.