AWEA Association News
Flyer misinterpreted as university recommendation; would thwart new wind farms
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 25, 2017
Recently Michigan State University's Extension in Manistee, Mich., published a pamphlet proposing an updated "sample zoning ordinance" for wind energy systems. The proposals were developed without input from the wind energy industry, or the larger group of stakeholders that worked on the state's sample zoning ordinance in 2008. Read more.
The fuel of tomorrow is literally on sale today
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2017
In a packed room full of reporters, industry reps, and wind workers, the American Wind Energy Association released its 2016 US Wind Energy Industry Annual Market Report last week at the State Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota. Resulting news coverage swept in thanks to the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Politico, Denver Post, Minnesota Star Tribune, local NBC, ABC and Fox news affiliates, and many more. Read more.
PJM study quantifies wind's value for building reliable, resilient power system
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2017
The largest grid operator in the US just released an innovative study that quantifies the reliability of possible future energy mixes. It found that portfolios with very large amounts of wind energy, dozens of times greater than the current mix, scored among the highest for reliability and resilience. Read more.
Windy city, powered by wind
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2017
The City of Chicago announced this week that renewable energy will power 100 percent of all of its government buildings by 2025, making the Windy City the country's largest to make that pledge. That's no small feat: With more than 900 city-owned buildings -- including public schools and colleges, park district fieldhouses, and buildings owned by the Chicago Housing Authority -- Chicago has the country's largest fleet of public buildings. Read more.
Like this: Facebook buys more wind power
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2017
Facebook announced plans last week to locate its newest data center in rural Nebraska. Thanks to a new renewable energy tariff provided by their future local utility, low-cost wind energy will power 100% of the facility. Read more.
11 experiences you don't want to miss at WINDPOWER 2017
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 12, 2017
WINDPOWER 2017 is less than two months away. Over the next few weeks, we'll start teasing out some highlights you can look forward to at this year's event. Here's a glimpse at a few things we have in store.
Low natural gas prices, not wind, responsible for coal's troubles
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 07, 2017
Just as some nuclear power plant owners previously tried to blame wind energy for their market struggles, some in the coal industry are now attempting to say wind is responsible for their challenges. Just as the previous attacks were debunked and dismissed as a "distraction," the latest attacks on wind distract from the main market-driven challenges facing those industries. Learn more.
Wind power offers new opportunities in West Texas
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 06, 2017
AWEA recently spoke with Scott Creech, who is coming up on 12 years working in the wind industry. Today he is a Facility Manager at Pattern Energy's Panhandle Wind and Panhandle Wind II wind farms in West Texas, and the career change has meant a lot to Scott and his family. Read more.
Low natural gas prices, not wind, primarily responsible for coal's troubles
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 05, 2017
Just as some nuclear power plant owners previously tried to blame wind energy for their market struggles, some in the coal industry are now attempting to say wind is responsible for their challenges. Just as the previous attacks were debunked and dismissed as a "distraction," the latest attacks on wind distract from the main market-driven challenges facing those industries. The reality is that wind has a minimal impact on the economics of other power plants. Learn more.
Study quantifies wind's value for building a reliable, resilient power system
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 04, 2017
The largest grid operator in the US just released an innovative study that quantifies the reliability of possible future energy mixes. It found that portfolios with very large amounts of wind energy, dozens of times greater than the current mix, scored among the highest for reliability and resilience. Learn more.
Top six news stories to start 2017 as first quarter closes
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 03, 2017
Since the start of the year, there have been almost too many exciting developments in wind power to count. But we'll try. Here are six top news items from the first three months of the year.
Different cities, same goals
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2017
Both Madison, Wis., and Abita Springs, La., have made the same pledge: they committed to move to 100 percent renewable energy, showing wind power isn't red or blue -- it's American. This offers yet another example that no matter where Americans live or what political beliefs they hold, we all realize generating more of our electricity from renewables makes sense. Read more.
Women's History Month: Saluting the women of wind energy
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 29, 2017
Over 100,000 US workers now have wind-related jobs, and women make up a key part of this workforce. This Women's History Month we wanted to recognize their contributions toward building an energy independent, cleaner tomorrow. Here are a trio of videos that highlight their important work.
8 wind projects are waiting to be built in Ohio
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 28, 2017
The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved permits for eight wind facilities; another three projects are in the pending or pre-application stage. Construction of these turbines would add 1,452 megawatts of clean energy capacity to Ohio's energy mix, enough to power hundreds of thousands of homes. It will also create more local jobs and new orders for Ohio's nation-leading 62 factories that build wind turbine parts. However, hurdles must be overcome to move forward. Read more.
Over 17,000 Iowa wind-related jobs possible by 2020 says Navigant Consulting
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2017
Over 17,000 wind-related jobs and over $9 billion in additional economic activity are possible by 2020 according to recent Navigant Consulting analysis highlighted today by the Iowa Wind Energy Association and the American Wind Energy Association. The findings come as wind energy supporters take to the State Capitol today to meet with state legislators and Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds, calling on Iowa officials to continue policies growing wind energy in Iowa. Read more.