James Madison University

Commonly Used Acronyms

We realize that we often use a lot of acronyms. If you are ever unsure of what an acronym stands for, simply reference the list below. If you would like more information about any of the organizations or topics below, feel free to contact us.

  • ARC – Appalachian Regional Commission
  • AWEA – American Wind Energy Association
  • BPM – Best Practices Manual
  • CWE – Center for Wind Energy
  • DMME – Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
  • DOE – Department of Energy
  • FTE - An FTE is equivalent to 2,080 hours of work, and could also mean 2 part-time jobs of 1,040 hours each.
  • HAWT- Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine
  • NREL – National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • SBALP – State Based Anemometer Loan Program
  • SBDC – Small Business Development Center
  • SED – Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc.
  • SWEA- Student Wind Energy Association (Wind Club @ JMU)
  • SWOT – State Wind Outreach Team
  • SWTTF – Small Wind Training and Testing Facility
  • VAWT- Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
  • VOW – Virginia Offshore Wind
  • VOWDA - Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority
  • WAC – Wind Application Center
  • WEA- Wind Energy Area
  • WFS – Wind for Schools
  • WPA – Wind Powering America
  • WWG – Wind Working Group