AWEA Association News


Thousands flock to Southern Calif. to see how wind works for America

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 22, 2017

Why are thousands of people from across the country flocking to Southern California this week? They're coming to attend the WINDPOWER 2017 Conference & Exhibition, North America's largest wind energy trade show. It's only natural that this year's show is in California -- American wind energy was born in the Golden State. Read more.


5 tips to have a fantastic first WINDPOWER

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 19, 2017

WINDPOWER is an enormous event with a lot going on. So it can be easy for a first-time attendee to feel a bit overwhelmed. Here are a few tips that will help ensure WINDPOWER novices have a great time.


AWEA's Community Engagement Seminar series: Let's learn from each other

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 19, 2017

Ask any wind farm developer, and they'll tell you the most successful projects are in communities that want them. And a lot of communities do, as there are wind farms in 41 out of 50 states, supporting well-paying jobs and investing billions of dollars in rural communities. But how can we help ensure that happens? What are the best ways to mobilize the vast majority of people who support wind power while addressing the concerns that are natural for any major project? The next installment of AWEA's Community Engagement Seminar series, happening on May 22 in Anaheim, Calif., tackles exactly these questions. Learn more.


WINDPOWER 2017: What's happening in Congress?

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 18, 2017

We all hear a lot coming out of Washington these days, but what does it mean for our industry? Find out answers to this questions and more from expert panelists during the "Making the Case for America's Wind Industry in Congress: Opportunities and Challenges" session at WINDPOWER, happening next Tuesday. Learn more.


Wind offers Okla. schools a lifeline during budget cuts

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 16, 2017

The Oklahoman recently took a look at what the Sooner State's growing wind industry has meant for rural school districts. Its findings: wind power has made a big difference. Oklahoma has faced steep cuts to its state education budget in recent years, but wind payments have helped bridge the gap for many small-town districts. Learn more.


Md. makes a play for the offshore wind crown

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 15, 2017

The Maryland Public Service Commission greenlit two projects last week that put the state at the forefront of U.S. offshore wind development. The commission approved offshore renewable energy credits for 368 megawatts of capacity spread across two projects, proposed by U.S. Wind and a subsidiary of Deepwater Wind. The move will allow the financing of both projects to move forward. Read more.


Maryland makes a play for the offshore wind crown

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 12, 2017

The Maryland Public Service Commission greenlit two projects yesterday that put the state at the forefront of U.S. offshore wind development. The commission approved offshore renewable energy credits for 368 megawatts of capacity spread across two projects, proposed by U.S. Wind and a subsidiary of Deepwater Wind. The move will allow the financing of both projects to move forward. Read more.


AWEA's Community Engagement Seminar series

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 12, 2017

Let's learn from each other: Ask any wind farm developer, and they'll tell you the most successful projects are in communities that want them. And a lot of communities do, as there are wind farms in 41 out of 50 states, supporting well-paying jobs and investing billions of dollars in rural communities. But how can we help ensure that happens? What are the best ways to mobilize the vast majority of people who support wind power while addressing the concerns that are natural for any major project? The next installment of AWEA's Community Engagement Seminar series, happening on May 22 in Anaheim, Calif., tackles exactly these questions. Learn more.


California legislative leaders call for 100 percent renewable energy

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 09, 2017

The leader of the California Senate, Kevin de Leon, proposed a bill that would transition California to 100 percent renewable retail electricity. That would improve upon the state's existing renewable energy standard, which calls for 50 percent renewables by 2030. Under the new legislation the state would hit that target five years early, and would achieve its 100 percent renewable goal by 2045. Read more.


New report: Companies have big plans to make more products using renewables

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 08, 2017

We've seen the good news that Fortune 500 companies like General Motors, Facebook, The Home Depot, and now Apple are making smart investments to procure wind energy, realizing long-term price stability and cutting pollution at the same time. But how many more companies are in line to invest? Read more.


The latest major American city to pledge 100% renewables: Atlanta

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 05, 2017

This week, the Atlanta City Council passed a measure to power the city entirely on renewables by 2035. The move also requires the transition of all city operations -- including powering public buildings -- to 100% renewable energy by 2025. Read more.


Calif. legislative leaders call for 100% renewable energy

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 04, 2017

The leader of the California Senate, Kevin de Leon, has proposed a bill that would transition California to 100 percent renewable retail electricity. Danielle Osborn Mills, Director of AWEA's California Caucus, praised the move: "The wind industry stands ready to create jobs and provide affordable, reliable, clean energy to Californians." Read more.


More than dust in the wind: Kansas a first quarter leader

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 03, 2017

The US wind industry just had its best first quarter in eight years. That's one of the top takeaways from AWEA's 2017 First Quarter Market Report, and it's far from the only highlight. Read more.


American wind power reports best first quarter since 2009

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 02, 2017

America's wind power workforce installed 908 utility-scale turbines in the first quarter of 2017, totaling 2,000 megawatts of capacity. This is the wind industry's strongest start in eight years, according to a new report released today by the American Wind Energy Association.


New report: Companies have big plans to make more products using renewable

Wind Energy SmartBrief | May 01, 2017

We've seen the good news that Fortune 500 companies like General Motors, Facebook, The Home Depot and now Apple are making smart investments to procure wind energy, realizing long-term price stability and cutting pollution at the same time. But how many more companies are in line to invest? Read more.


Calif. state Senate leader to keynote WINDPOWER 2017

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2017

Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, the California Senate's most powerful member and legislative champion of the state's hallmark 50% renewable energy standard law passed in 2015, will provide a keynote address at North America's largest wind power trade show on May 23, in Anaheim. Read more.


From atop a turbine "none of this looks like a partisan issue"

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Apr 26, 2017

John Rogers is a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and he recently visited an upstate New York wind farm, where he got to climb to the top of a wind turbine. More importantly, he learned how the Maple Ridge wind farm has greatly benefited local towns. Here are a few highlights from his experience.


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.




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