AWEA Association News
From ruins to renewables
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 24, 2016
We've written about Greensburg, Kan., before, highlighting its trailblazing role as one of America's first cities to commit to 100% renewable energy. Now, a new video chronicles the town's rebirth as it's begun harnessing the very winds that nearly destroyed it. Read more.
AWEA Offshore Wind Conference: Offshore wind power has arrived
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 21, 2016
With the nation's first-ever offshore wind farm now installed off the coast of Rhode Island, it's never been a more exciting time to attend AWEA's Offshore Wind Conference & Exhibition. Hear from all of the industry’s movers and shakers this Oct. 25 to 26 in Warwick, R.I., to learn about where the U.S. offshore wind industry is headed and how high its potential reaches. Read more.
Not your grandparents' windmills
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 20, 2016
In 1941, a jack-of-all-trades inventor named Palmer Putnam had an idea: creating electricity out of thin air. Seventy-five years ago yesterday, Putnam's dream became reality, and he would probably be amazed at how far his invention has progressed in the decades since. Read more.
Harnessing the #PowerOfWind in education
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 19, 2016
In classrooms, playgrounds and lunchrooms around the country, kids are sharing some pretty insightful perspectives on the future of our planet. To help support these important discussions and encourage future engineers to explore the potential of wind energy, we are very happy to hear that our friends at Avangrid Renewables have brought back the #PowerOfWindContest for another year. Read more.
New report finds wind energy's benefits to Iowa go beyond lower electric bills
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 18, 2016
A new report from AWEA and the Wind Energy Foundation details how wind energy benefits Iowa electric consumers, both corporate and residential. Iowa generated 31.3% of its electricity from wind last year, while maintaining consumer costs below the national average. The report finds even larger consumer savings are possible. In addition, said Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, "Wind energy investments in Iowa have been a significant driver in attracting advanced manufacturing companies and data centers to our state," and they help recruit and retain top talent. Read more.
American farmers are harvesting the wind
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 17, 2016
America's farmers work hard to put food on our tables. And now more and more of them are able to rely on a new cash-crop -- wind energy. Wind power is rapidly growing in America's heartland, supplying enough electricity for 20 million homes, and that's helping keep farms in the family and families on the farm. In honor of National Farmers Day, AWEA released a new video that includes some of the stories heard from farmers and ranchers across the US who have seen the benefits of wind energy firsthand. Watch the new video on community benefits.
Melissa Elkinton receives 2016 AWEA Technical Achievement Award
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 13, 2016
AWEA would like to congratulate this year's recipient of the Technical Achievement Award: Melissa Elkinton, Head of Section, Energy Assessment at DNV GL-Energy. Every year, the Technical Achievement Award is presented to wind resource and project energy assessment professionals and companies whose technical work and innovation have contributed to the advancement of the industry. Read more.
Business leaders, everyday worker advocates needed for renewable energy economy shift
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 12, 2016
Renewable energy is by far the cleanest, and is quickly becoming the most affordable, energy choice. However, these facts are often not adequately communicated to decision makers and the public. Who can cut through the noise and provide objective information and a compelling story? Read more.
Fact check: Texas wind power sets a successful example
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 11, 2016
Recent commentary in the MIT Technology Review shares several captivating stories about the ways wind power benefits communities across Texas. However, the final product also gets some things wrong about wind power's technology. This fact check clears up those misunderstandings.
One thing that unites us: Moving toward a clean energy future
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 10, 2016
As the presidential campaign moves into its final four weeks, agreement between the candidates seems vanishingly rare. Yet both mentioned renewable energy in their responses to the second-to-last question of last night's town hall-style debate. Learn more.
Harnessing the #PowerOfWind in Education
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 07, 2016
In classrooms, playgrounds, and lunchrooms around the country, kids are sharing some pretty insightful perspectives on the future of our planet. To help support these important discussions and encourage future engineers to explore the potential of wind energy, we are very happy to hear that our friends at Avangrid Renewables have brought back the #PowerOfWindContest for another year. Learn more.
AWEA Finance and Investment Conference: Wind is mainstream
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 06, 2016
Investors are usually looking for two things: strong returns and low risk. From the tone during the first day of AWEA's Finance and Investment Conference, wind energy checks both boxes. Indeed, if there was a common refrain heard during panel after panel, it's that the Wall Street world considers wind power "mainstream." Read more.
Fact Check: Texas wind power sets successful example
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 05, 2016
Recent commentary in the MIT Technology Review shares several captivating stories about the ways wind power benefits communities across Texas. However, the write-up also gets some things wrong about wind power's technology. This fact check clears up those misunderstandings.
Business leaders and everyday worker advocates are needed for renewable energy economy shift
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 04, 2016
A debate about the future energy supply in the US is underway, and how this debate gets resolved will have great consequences for the health and well-being of people everywhere. The Wind Energy Foundation (WEF) is finding that the most effective voices are renewable energy business leaders who create jobs and investment, and the everyday workers delivering goods and services. That's why WEF has launched an advocacy training program for renewable energy company employees and other community influentials, through our A Renewable America campaign. Learn more
Fact Check: Severe weather, not renewables, cause of South Australia power outage
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 03, 2016
Severe weather knocked out power for 1.7 million Australians this week, and while some have sought to blame renewables, the reality is wind power likely helped lessen the damage. The storm didn't cause the turbines to stop generating -- rather, it damaged the power lines that carry electricity created by all of the region's generators: wind, coal, natural gas, and hydropower. Read more.
AWEA Finance and Investment Conference: Never a better time to invest in wind power
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Oct 03, 2016
Major corporations including Google and Procter & Gamble are transforming the world of wind energy, and long-term investors like private equity, pension funds and insurance companies are capitalizing on the long-term Production Tax Credit policy certainty with major capital commitments. All the contacts and information you need for a transactional fourth quarter and upcoming year will be in New York at the AWEA Wind Energy Finance & Investment Conference, October 5-6. Read more.
Fact check: Wind energy and eagles can successfully coexist
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Sep 30, 2016
Through a legacy of care, the US wind industry has worked hard to minimize its impacts on wildlife to the greatest extent possible. However, a new study makes some misleading assumptions that should be cleared up. The notion that migratory birds impacted at wind farms may have come from outside the areas immediately surrounding a wind farm, while academically interesting, is not a new one. Read more.
Fact Check: Offshore wind part of America's clean energy future
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Sep 29, 2016
In an op-ed published in The Hill this morning, Nancy Sopko, AWEA's lead on matters relating to offshore wind energy, took on some misleading claims about the technology and explained why it's an important part of a clean energy future. Read more.
Videos highlight benefits to #WindPoweredSchools
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Sep 29, 2016
Midway through our #WindPoweredSchools social media campaign, it's a great time to highlight some of our favorite examples. Here's a trio of videos showing how wind energy is furthering educational opportunities for students across the country. Read more.
Moniz: Wind power changing our "energy geography"
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Sep 28, 2016
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz spoke at the Center for American Progress's Upgrading America's Infrastructure conference this morning, highlighting how updating America's infrastructure creates jobs, protects public health and grows greater access to renewable energy like wind power. Read more.
A wind farm opens doors for upstate New York students
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Sep 27, 2016
The nearby Maple Ridge wind farm has been a game-changer for the Lowville, N.Y., school district. Revenue from the project has allowed the small, rural community to build state-of-the-art educational facilities while offering high-level programs to its students. Read more.
#WindPoweredSchools: Share your stories this week
Wind Energy SmartBrief | Sep 26, 2016
We spend a lot of time and ink talking about the many benefits of wind energy: well-paying jobs, economic development, consumer savings and environmental benefits, among many other positives. However, there's one area we haven't gone into in great detail -- benefits to local school districts. All week long, AWEA will be sharing stories about how wind has created greater opportunities for students, and we encourage you to participate by sharing your own stories on social media, tagging them with #WindPoweredSchools. Read more.