AWEA Association News


Different cities, same goals

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2017

One is in Wisconsin, and one is in Louisiana. One is a college town of over 234,000 people, and the other is one-tenth of that size, barely cracking 2,300. And yet, despite these differences, both Madison, Wis., and Abita Springs, La., made the same pledge this week: they committed to move to 100% renewable energy, showing wind power isn't red or blue -- it's American. Read more.


Broad coalition asks Congress to invest in America's electricity grid

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2017

A diverse group of businesses from the energy, manufacturing, construction and environmental sectors sent a letter to Congressional leaders today calling for investment in America's electricity grid. The coalition reminded lawmakers that ensuring reliable access to affordable electricity is necessary to keep business strong. Read more.


Rep. Tom Reed: Wind works for America

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 21, 2017

Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., penned an op-ed in The Hill this week explaining why the wind energy Production Tax Credit should be considered a successful policy, and why he thinks wind works for America. Here are a few highlights from Reed's piece.


Latest in offshore wind: Big moves in N.C.

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2017

Avangrid Renewables has won a Department of Interior auction to develop a project off the North Carolina's coast. Situated near Kitty Hawk, the site of the Wright Brothers' first flight, the ocean parcel could soon power thousands if not millions of American homes. Learn more.


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

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 17, 2017

Ask any wind farm developer, and they'll tell you the most successful projects are in communities that want them. 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 tackles exactly these questions. Join us on March 22 in Austin, Texas, for a post-conference event titled "Community Engagement Seminar III: Mobilizing Supporters, Defusing Opposition." Read more.


This WWII-era submarine factory now builds wind turbine towers

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 15, 2017

In 2004, Broadwind Towers opened up shop in a factory that has been part of Manitowoc, Wis., since the 1930s. During WWII, the plant made submarines for the war effort, and later built crane parts. Now, it churns out sections of wind turbine towers that are shipped across the country by rail, truck and even boat, employing 330 workers. Read more.


Broad coalition ask Congress to invest in America's electricity grid

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 14, 2017

A diverse group of businesses from the energy, manufacturing, construction and environmental sectors sent a letter to Congressional leaders today calling for investment in America's electricity grid. The coalition reminded lawmakers that ensuring reliable access to affordable electricity is necessary to keep business strong. Read more.


AWEA's Community Engagement Seminar series

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 13, 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. 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 tackles exactly these questions. Join us on Wednesday, March 22 in Austin, Texas for a post-conference event titled "Community Engagement Seminar III: Mobilizing Supporters, Defusing Opposition." http://www.aweablog.org/aweas-community-engagement-seminar-series-lets-learn/


Wind energy rise makes 248,000 wind-related jobs by 2020 possible

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 13, 2017

As the largest renewable resource in the U.S. grows, so will wind-related job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Americans. That was the news released as AWEA joined Navigant Consulting to release new analysis showing the U.S. wind industry will drive over $85 billion in economic activity over the next four years while wind-related employment will grow to reach 248,000 jobs in all 50 states. http://www.aweablog.org/wind-energy-rise-makes-248000-wind-related-jobs-2020-possible/


Ohio special interest group hides renewables' consumer and job-creation benefits

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 09, 2017

Ohio's Buckeye Institute, which has been funded by the fossil fuel and tobacco industries, has released a report that uses misleading and out-of-date information to attack clean energy. Most notably, the report assumes the cost of renewable energy is five times higher than reality. In addition, the report ignores how renewable energy benefits consumers by reducing the cost of electricity. Once those errors are corrected, the report's method actually shows that renewable energy creates jobs and is a net benefit for Ohio consumers. Read more.


New EIA data: Wind powers 5.5% of US grid

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 07, 2017

All of the new wind farms built over the past few years are making an impact: new data from the Energy Information Administration finds the country generated more than 5.5% of its electricity using wind in 2016. At the state level is where things get really exciting. Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Oklahoma all generated at least 20% of their electricity with wind last year. Overall, wind supplies at least 10% of the electricity in 14 states. Read more.


US wind generation reached 5.5% of the grid in 2016

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 06, 2017

Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota all sourced more than 20% of their electricity generation from wind power during 2016, according to new data from the Energy Information Administration. It shows wind supplied over 5.5% of electricity nationwide, up from 4.7% in 2015. Read more.


Fact Check: The electricity grid relies on diversified sources

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2017

Over the last two years, a parade of Fortune 500 companies have made substantial wind power purchases, citing low cost and price stability as reasons why wind power is good for their bottom lines. However, some observers have recently misunderstood how these deals work. Read more.


What happens to a wind turbine at the end of its life?

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Mar 01, 2017

Have you ever wondered what happens to a wind turbine at the end of its life? You might be curious -- there's more than 52,000 utility-scale wind turbines operating in the US today, providing enough power for 24 million American homes every year. Let's take a look.


The Economist embraces renewables

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2017

In this week's cover story, The Economist thoughtfully argues for expanded use of renewable energy, noting that, "It is no longer far-fetched to think that the world is entering an era of clean, unlimited and cheap power. About time, too." However, in justifying those market reforms, the article exaggerates renewables' role in causing low prices in electricity markets. Read more.




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