AWEA Association News


Businesses pledge to increase renewable energy use

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

"Thirteen well-known American companies -- including major wind energy developer Berkshire Hathaway Energy and prominent wind power purchasers Apple, Google, Microsoft and Walmart -- today pledged at the White House to invest more than $140 billion in efforts to cut carbon pollution," writes Evan Vaughan, media relations and outreach coordinator at AWEA. He notes that many of these companies including renewable energy in their pledges. Read more.


My week in Iowa talking to presidential candidates about wind power

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Kaitlin Monaghan, advocacy and federal legislative affairs coordinator at AWEA, writes about her week in Iowa talking to the presidential candidates about wind energy. She describes three main things the next president should know about American wind power. Read more.


Koch professor drops Koch title, still makes same errors plus new ones in Ohio study

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

Randy Simmons dropped his Koch professor title "after facing negative publicity," writes Michael Goggin, senior director of research at the American Wind Energy Association. The report uses outdated data and "[blames] the RPS for causing the 2008 global financial collapse," according to Goggin. Read more.


Amazon calls for extension of renewable-energy tax incentives

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

"In making the announcement that it would buy power from the first wind farm in North Carolina, Amazon called for the extension of renewable-energy tax incentives that are currently moving through Congress," writes Shauna Theel, deputy director of digital media at the American Wind Energy Association. She highlights a new video from AWEA about why major companies are buying wind power.


Koch Professor drops his Koch title, still makes same errors plus some new ones in Ohio study

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

Randy Simmons dropped his Koch Professor title "after facing negative publicity," writes Michael Goggin, senior director of research at the American Wind Energy Association. The report uses outdated data and "[blames] the RPS for causing the 2008 global financial collapse," according to Goggin. Read more.


Steel going in the water for America's first offshore wind farm

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 21, 2015

"Next week, Deepwater Wind plans to have steel going into the water as offshore construction begins on Block Island Wind Farm," writes Fatima Ahmad, manager for federal regulatory affairs and offshore wind at AWEA. She explains the benefits that would come to the U.S. if Block Island is "the first of a generation of offshore wind projects that will revitalize urban ports and transform our energy supply." Read more.


Wind energy keeps breaking records -- in Denmark and here at home

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 17, 2015

Wind power generated 140% of Denmark's electricity demand recently, and a new map from AWEA shows that wind power has broken many records here at home as well. "These records show that large amounts of wind energy can be reliability integrated today," writes Shauna Theel, deputy director of digital media at AWEA. Read more.


New report: Iowa wind power success story just getting started

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 16, 2015

"A new report finds that Iowa consumers can save $3.6 billion total on their electric bills through 2050 as the state continues to tap its world-class wind resource," writes David Ward, deputy director of strategic communications at AWEA. He notes that the report "A Wind Vision for New Growth in Iowa," comes as presidential candidates are coming to Iowa for the Iowa caucus. Read more.


Wind power coming to Southeast -- and new wind farm proves it

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 15, 2015

Iberdrola Renewables is building the first commercial-scale wind farm ever in North Carolina. "At 208 megawatts -- or enough electricity to power over 60,000 homes -- it is far larger than any other wind energy project in the Southeast, where nine states currently have no wind farms," writes Shauna Theel, deputy director of digital media at AWEA. Read more.


Urgent: With your help, opportunity to advance wind energy policy

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 15, 2015

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to craft a bill soon that will extend many tax credits that are expired or set to expire this year, including possibly the renewable energy production and investment tax credits. Mary Kate Francis, director of Community engagement at AWEA, calls for people to write or call their senators' offices to ask that the Senate Finance committee "extend the renewable energy tax policies -- without any changes -- for as long as the other incentives are extended." Read more.


Recent Mo. decision is case in point for need for federal role in transmission

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 10, 2015

"It is time to revisit ways to ensure that needed transmission is built in a timely manner, including providing the federal government backstop decision-making authority for transmission that serves a broader national interest and benefits the most states and regions," writes Rob Gramlich, senior vice president of government and public affairs at AWEA. He points to Missouri's rejection of a transmission line as a case in point. Read more.


Facebook the latest company to purchase wind energy

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 10, 2015

Facebook will be powering its newest data center in Fort Worth, Texas, with 100% wind energy through purchasing 200 megawatts of wind power. Shauna Theel, deputy director of digital media at AWEA, notes that Facebook is "the latest of several companies to recognize the value of this stably-priced clean power source." Read more.


Koch-funded study on cost of wind flawed throughout

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 08, 2015

"A new report claiming to assess the true cost of wind energy builds on the mistakes of a Newsweek article that resulted in several corrections and disclosures to be appended to it," writes Shauna Theel, deputy director of digital media at AWEA. The report was co-authored by members of a Koch-funded institute at Utah State University. Read more.


How wind energy can help Puerto Rico's debt crisis

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 07, 2015

"Puerto Rico recently announced that it cannot pay its debt, which the island has accumulated in part due to its heavy reliance on expensive, imported petroleum for electricity," writes Shauna Theel, deputy director of digital media at AWEA. Renewable energy sources such as wind are not only cleaner but also often more affordable for islands such as Puerto Rico. Read more.


Koch groups try debunked wind attack for a fourth time

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 07, 2015

A new report by the Institute for Energy Research uses an inflated cost for wind energy and then mischaracterizes how the power grid functions to claim that the true cost of wind is even higher, writes Michael Goggin, senior director of research at AWEA. Goggin states that the "Koch front group" is recycling a familiar playbook used by other Koch groups. Read more.


U.S. commits to 20% non-hydro renewables by 2030

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

"The United States and Brazil announced in a joint statement today that both countries would increase the amount of electricity generated by renewable sources other than hydropower to 20 percent by 2030," writes Shauna Theel, deputy director of digital media at AWEA. AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan applauded the decision, stating "The 20 percent by 2030 target is very achievable in our view, and consistent with recent government estimates. The agreement calls for tripling the amount of low-cost, reliable wind energy, but we can quadruple by 2030 with the right policies, so even more can be done." Read more.


A Catholic's perspective on wind power in light of the Pope's encyclical

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

The Pope's encyclical stated that addressing climate change is part of a moral imperative to protect the poor, and wind power can be part of the solution, according to Lonnie Ellis, a lay Franciscan and associate director of the Catholic Climate Covenant in Washington, D.C. Read more.




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