MIT's Wind Community was founded in 2008. Since then, wind power has been been setting new records worldwide as installed capacity continues to grow rapidly and is now used in over 70 countries (GWEC, 2010).
The MIT Wind Sub-community recognizes that important changes are underway for wind power and aims to provide opportunities for members to learn about the advances through unique interaction with members of industry, government, community groups and academia. Hearing from speakers like Paul Hibbard with the MA Public Utility Commission; Greg Watson, MA Dept. of Energy and Environmental Affairs; John Nordan, ISO New Enegland; Gerardo Gonzalez with the Spanish grid operator, Red Electrica de Espana; and Jim Gordon with Cape Wind Associates are a few examples of the diverse group engagement over the past two years. Wind Week and Energy Conference panels on policy aspects and wind integration have been other key highlights. Yet, we as a group also engage in projects and offsite learning opportunities, such as teaching visiting school students how to build turbine blades and taking tours of area wind projects.
In the coming year, we're looking forward to building on this track record with more cutting edge events and activities. Come check us out at any of our meetings or special events. For more information, contact us at "wind at mit.edu".