AWEA Association News


American offshore wind power is here

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 23, 2016

Deepwater Wind completed construction on the country's first offshore wind farm on Friday, proving to the world that when it comes to offshore wind power, the US is open for business. While the completion of construction is a historic milestone, it must not be seen as a successful one-off, but rather as the dawn of an entirely new US energy industry. Read more.


New reports highlight bright, low-cost future of wind

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 22, 2016

A number of recent reports paint a bright future for the US wind industry thanks to continuing cost declines, with reductions of more than 60% since 2009. This cost trajectory is attributable to, among other things, advanced manufacturing techniques, improved construction methods, larger turbine blades, economies of scale and other advances in turbine technology. Read more.


Fact check: Transmission pays for itself, saves consumers money

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 18, 2016

Studies show that expanding America's electricity grid to meet 21st century needs more than pays for itself, and can even result in significant consumer savings. Improved transmission planning could save American families and businesses up to $47 billion every year, according to a recent white paper from the Brattle Group. Read more.


Fact Check: Flawed study overstates challenge of integrating wind energy

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 17, 2016

A national press story recently highlighted an academic study claiming flexible fossil-fired power plants, like natural gas power plants, are critical for integrating renewable energy. In reality, wind energy can be reliably integrated onto the existing power system, and the addition of renewable energy never increases, and actually always decreases, the need for other power plants. Further, the study contains a fundamental mathematical flaw that, when corrected, completely undermines its conclusions. Read more.


Wind Portraits Project: Meeting the people building a renewable future

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 16, 2016

Ed Collier has done other portrait projects in the past, for volunteers and participants in sporting events, non-profits and charities. He's always enjoyed thinking about and documenting different communities. Communities can be a group of individuals that make up a certain specific subset of people. Truck drivers are a community, the congregation of a church is a community. People who work in wind energy are a community. So Ed set out on a mission to meet and photograph the wind community. Read more.


USFWS Eagle Conservation Program will help populations flourish

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 15, 2016

Recently there has been a lot of confusion about the impacts of wind power on eagle populations. Much of this stems from a misunderstanding about newly proposed changes to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Eagle Conservation and Management Program, established in 2009 under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Here's a detailed look at what the proposed rule will and will not do.


Offshore wind energy gets a boost from Massachusetts

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 12, 2016

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law this week legislation that will transform the US offshore wind market and catapult the industry into a thriving source of clean energy for New England ratepayers, according to Nancy Sopko, manager of advocacy and federal legislative affairs for AWEA. The new law tasks state utilities with procuring 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power capacity through 15 to 20 year contracts by 2027, the largest such requirement in the nation and enough to power half a million typical homes. Projects must be procured by July 1, 2017 and at least 400 MW in size, twice the average land-based US wind farm installed last year. "Massachusetts as a first-mover has positioned itself as the cradle of an entirely new domestic supply chain that could revitalize East Coast port cities, supporting offshore wind development and potentially thousands of jobs," said Sopko. Read more.


Fact Check: Transmission pays for itself, saves consumers money

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 11, 2016

Studies show that expanding America's electricity grid to meet 21st-century needs more than pays for itself and can even result in significant consumer savings. Improved transmission planning could save American families and businesses up to $47 billion every year, according to a recent white paper from the Brattle Group. However, some groups remain unaware of these findings, wringing hands and missing the forest for the trees by focusing on upfront costs and ignoring long-term benefits. Read more.


More of wind power's savings coming soon to the Northeast

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 10, 2016

From Rhode Island to Washington, D.C., the Northeastern US made a big push this summer to bring more clean, affordable wind power to millions of families and businesses. A slew of new legislation will help grow wind energy in one of the country's most populous regions, proving big populations and big amounts of renewable energy can go hand-in-hand. The measures also include a new push to finally begin realizing America's offshore wind power potential. Read more.


One step closer: First American offshore wind turbines installed

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 09, 2016

American offshore wind power is one step closer to becoming a reality, with installation of the first turbines at Deepwater Wind's Block Island project now complete. Construction on the country's first offshore wind farm began last spring, off the coast of Rhode Island, and the project is expected to be fully operational later this fall. With an installed capacity of 30 megawatts, the five-turbine Deepwater Wind wind farm will generate enough electricity to supply all of Block Island's needs, while also sending some to mainland Rhode Island. Read more.


How the Fortune 500 are driving a new market for clean energy

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 04, 2016

What brings diverse companies like Amazon, Disney, General Motors, Microsoft, Nike, Starbucks and Walmart together? They're all buying renewable energy or want to get in the market for it. From tech giants to household names, corporate America is shopping for clean, renewable energy that is increasingly cheaper than conventional alternatives. Leading companies are seizing the opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint with wind and solar while simultaneously locking-in low, predictable energy prices for a decade or more. Read more.


With great stability comes great activity

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 03, 2016

American wind power is as strong as it has ever been through the first half of 2016, with a near-record level of projects under construction or in the advanced stages of development. As many experts predicted following December's five-year extension of the Production Tax Credit, the now-stable business environment has spurred activity throughout the US The wind industry is creating cleaner air, well-paying jobs and affordable electricity along the way. Read more.


Beauty exposed: Wind power as fine art

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 02, 2016

Deon Reynolds has always been a guy who enjoys the outdoors, so it makes sense that as a professional photographer, landscapes have long been his favorite subject. But a few years ago, a new opportunity presented itself that ultimately took Deon's career in a different direction, leading to some of the most prestigious recognition he's ever received. Read more.


How Fortune 500 is driving new market for clean energy

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Aug 01, 2016

What brings diverse companies like Amazon, Disney, General Motors, Microsoft, Nike, Starbucks and Wal-Mart together? They're all buying renewable energy or want to get in the market for it. From tech giants to household names, corporate America is shopping for clean, renewable energy that is increasingly cheaper than conventional alternatives. Leading companies are seizing the opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint with wind and solar while simultaneously locking-in low, predictable energy prices for a decade or more. Read more.


You can't buy it off the shelf: how Fortune 500 is driving new market for clean energy

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2016

What brings diverse companies like Amazon, Disney, General Motors, Microsoft, Nike, Starbucks and Wal-Mart together? They're all buying renewable energy or want to get in the market for it. From tech giants to household names, corporate America is shopping for clean, renewable energy that is increasingly cheaper than conventional alternatives. Leading companies are seizing the opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint with wind and solar while simultaneously locking-in low, predictable energy prices for a decade or more. Read more.


WEF launches Renewable America Champions social media contest

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2016

The Wind Energy Foundation is giving new focus to targeted online outreach and education. A key element of this new strategy is Renewable America Champions, a contest launched this month that enlists renewable energy industry employees to advocate for clean energy using social media. Eligible participants include employees of private-sector companies that are developers, suppliers and purchasers of renewable energy. Read more.


Groups release garbage-in-garbage-out study, inadvertently show benefits of wind

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 26, 2016

Front groups for competing energy sources are attempting the same debunked attack on wind energy for the fifth time, this time with cookie-cutter attacks on renewable energy in a dozen states. The latest reports were paid for by the Interstate Policy Alliance, a hired gun for tobacco companies and other special interests headed by Rick Berman, dubbed "Dr. Evil" by "60 Minutes." The latest attack makes many of the same errors as the previous four attacks, including last year's attack by the "Koch professor" that resulted in multiple corrections and a disclaimer being added to his attack piece in Newsweek, and coverage of the debacle in The Washington Post. Read more.




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