Distributed Wind for Federal Agencies  

Education Type: 
1 Hour
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This training provides federal agency staff with an overview of available resources they can use to make data-driven decisions about whether or not distributed wind could be a feasible option for their locations of interest.


Alice Orrell, Energy Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Alice Orrell is the distributed wind subject matter expert at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). She provides renewable energy resource assessments and wind energy project development support for U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) clients and distributed wind market research and analysis for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As part of a team that evaluates DOD sites for wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, waste-to-energy, and ocean energy, Alice is responsible for the wind energy resource assessments and wind project development efforts. She has helped to evaluate over 75 DOD sites for wind energy potential and has managed the installation of three meteorological towers on DOD properties. Alice is the lead author of the annual Distributed Wind Market Report produced for DOE. The Market Report serves as a primary information source that helps manufacturers, installers, developers, policy makers, and other industry players better understand the U.S. and global distributed wind markets. Alice is a professional engineer in the State of Washington and worked in the power industry prior to joining PNNL, both as an independent consultant in the wind power industry and as an engineer for an engineering, procurement, and construction contractor designing natural gas fueled power plants. Her educational accomplishments include a B.S., mechanical engineering, from the University of Vermont and a M.B.A., business administration, from the University of Washington.

Lindsay Sheridan, Earth Scientist and wind resource assessment expert, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Lindsay is a scientist at PNNL. She is experienced in meteorological and wind farm data analysis, wind resource assessment, metadata generation, data management and operations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Define and describe distributed wind;
  • Identify how to use publicly available wind resource assessment screening tools; and
  • Locate other distributed wind tools and resources.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: