Track National Science Bowl progress this weekend

The National Science Bowl competiton is April 28 to May 2.

In 1991, the Department of Energy developed the NSB to encourage students from across the nation to excel in math and science and to pursue careers in those fields. It’s an academic science competition for high school and middle school students who show their knowledge in a question-and-answer format. The goal is to invest in our next generation of scientists, engineers and educators so America can remain at the forefront of innovation and successfully compete in the 21st century global marketplace.

Western is committed to math and science education to help provide a technically trained and diverse workforce for the nation. Western supports the Science Bowl with six annual regional competitions from around its service territory.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest news and highlights at the NSB website or the Official NSB Facebook page.

Minnkota wins 2011 Wind Cooperative award

For the last nine years, Western’s Renewable Energy Program Manager Randy Manion—on behalf of DOE’s Wind Powering America initiative—has sought to recognize cooperatives that lead the pack in wind development.

At the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s annual Tech Advantage Conference in Orlando, Fla., March 8 to 11, Manion presented Karen Thingelstad of Minnkota Power Cooperative with the 2011 Wind Cooperative of the Year Award.

Minnkota was recognized for developing North Dakota’s first utility-owned wind turbine and for investing in wind energy through power purchase agreements with several wind projects. Wind energy now represents more than 30 percent of the generation and transmission cooperative’s total member energy requirements, collectively contributing an average of nearly 1,300 gigawatt-hours per year at an average annual capacity factor of 41 percent.

Read the whole story on the Department of Energy’s EnergyBlog.

2010 Annual Report released

2010 Annual Report CoverWestern’s Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Report (2.4 mb pdf) is now available online. The publication documents Western’s accomplishments as well as its 2010 financials.

The report focuses on the “Roadmap to Renewable Energy” and explains where we are, where we’re going and the successes we’ve had in 2010 to get us there. Also, take a moment to review our highlights, which speak to our operational achievements for the year.