AWEA Association News

Map: Energy Dept. finds there can be wind in every state

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made an important announcement on Tuesday, Carl Levesque writes. Moniz unveiled a new report that includes maps showing that the "U.S. wind industry can virtually rewrite America's wind resource map with its advancing technology so that wind energy development eventually comes to every state in the nation," according to Levesque. Read more.

Windsights: Wind industry must exercise its muscle

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

AWEA's new Chairman Michael Garland writes that the wind industry must act as a "formidable force, signaling to policymakers that as a large and popular industry, we are a force to be reckoned with." He states that this is important for policy fights such as those over the Clean Power Plan, the Production Tax Credit and state Renewable Portfolio Standards. Read more.

Announcement: WINDPOWER 2015 photo contest winners

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

AWEA announced the winners of its "Wind Is Power" photo contest, at the WINDPOWER 2015 Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., being held from May 18 to 21. Winners include Iberdrola Renewables, Siemens and Broadwind Energy. Read more.

Windsights: YieldCos a wind energy game changer

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 19, 2015

Jacob Susman, CEO and founder of OwnEnergy is the chairman of a session at the WINDPOWER 2015 Conference & Exhibition on "YieldCos." He writes that this new finance structure that allows you to own stock directly in wind power could be a "game changer" for the industry. Read more.

Map: Successful Renewable Portfolio Standards motivating states to reach higher

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 14, 2015

The American Wind Energy Association unveiled a new map showing the state of play in Renewable Portfolio Standard policy battles across the country. David Ward, deputy director of strategic communications at AWEA, noted that Hawaii recently passed a law to make their state powered by 100% renewable energy by 2045, and that several other states are considering increasing their RPS. Read more.

N.C. is in danger of going backwards on renewable energy

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 13, 2015

Andrew Gohn, AWEA's new eastern state policy director, writes that an amendment to H.B. 760 would freeze the renewable energy portfolio standard in 2015 in North Carolina if passed. He calls for the public to contact their representatives to oppose the bill. Read more.

2015 RPS state of play

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 08, 2015

Many states are considering expanding their Renewable Portfolio Standards after successfully meeting them, Susan Williams Sloan, vice president of State Policy at the American Wind Energy Association, and Sean Gallagher, vice president of State Affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association write. They note that despite "several attempts to challenge these RPS laws, none of the 29 states with an RPS has repealed it and only one has frozen the standard before it was met." Read more.

Grid operating reforms, not energy storage, are best for integrating renewables

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

In light of recent news around energy storage, AWEA Senior Director of Research Michael Goggin notes that grid operating reforms deliver clean energy for a much more affordable price. He points to a recent study finding that consumers in the western U.S. have saved more than $11 million over the last six months thanks to grid operating reforms that are also helping to integrate more renewable energy. Read more.

Newspapers call for pro-wind policies across the U.S.

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

AWEA's Shauna Theel outlines several recent editorials and op-eds that have used information from AWEA's annual report to argue for continuing pro-wind policies, including the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones in Texas and the Production Tax Credit at the federal level. Read more.

Windsights: What's the next big opportunity in wind? You decide

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Apex Clean Energy's Tyson Utt examines an important session at the WINDPOWER 2015 Conference & Exhibition about the next frontier for wind. Leading developers will put forth four competing cases on whether offshore, technology-enabled markets, transmission or repowering and retrofitting will be the next big opportunity. Read more.

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