Join Terri Wagner for an in-depth discussion in this video Our project for this course, part of Project Management Foundations: Stakeholders.
- I've included a case study project with this course to provide illustrations on use of concepts and templates we discuss during the program. The sample fictitious project we will use throughout this course is the development of a large wind turbine farm on a site located east of Fort Collins, Colorado, in the United States of America. The electricity produced, as a result of this wind energy project, will be sold to the local electricity utility companies to provide electrical power to both residential and commercial customers.
Wind energy is the fastest-growing energy source in the United States. The average annual growth of wind energy has been 37.5 percent over the past five years. Wind turbines that are used to generate electricity come in many shapes and sizes. The largest turbine, in Hawaii, is 20 stories high and has propellers with a span longer than a football field. This one turbine can produce enough electricity to power 1,400 homes. Typical machines have blades between eight and 25 feet in diameter, mounted on towers up to 30 feet high.
The largest wind energy plant currently operational in the United States is on the Washington-Oregon border, overlooking the Columbia River, with 470 windmills. Colorado currently has a wind turbine farm just outside Lamar, Colorado, with 108 turbines. The Lamar facility generates enough electricity to serve 52,000 residents. Kinetico intends to build an even larger wind turbine farm than the Lamar facility, and sell the electricity generated back to the grid of the local power companies.
The wind energy project will construct and deploy 500 wind turbines at the site, making Colorado the largest producer of wind energy in the United States, as measured by the American Wind Energy Association. Check out the exercise files for more background and details about this project.
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