July 16, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
The U.S. is now the world's number one generator of wind-powered electricity, recently passing Germany, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report,. And while a $16 billion investment last year added 8,558 megawatts of wind generating capacity, the total output could still only satisfy less than 2 percent of the country's energy needs. Today, however, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that 28 new wind-energy projects have been selected to receive $12.8 million in Recovery Act funds, and will focus on market and deployment challenges.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.