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Midwest, Great Plains and Texas lead wind energy investment

In the last five years, wind power delivered 30% of all new capacity installed in the United States and is now the leading renewable resource, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s annual 2016 report. Both Iowa and South Dakota get more than 30% of their power from wind, while North Dakota, Oklahoma and Kansas … Continue reading Midwest, Great Plains and Texas lead wind energy investment

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Xcel Energy Recognized for Lasting Wind Leadership

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today released its annual market report and recognized Xcel Energy for its sustained commitment and contribution to the wind industry. AWEA named Xcel Energy the nation’s top utility wind energy provider, a position it has held for more than a decade. “We recognized years ago the benefits of operating … Continue reading Xcel Energy Recognized for Lasting Wind Leadership

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Wind energy increasingly powers the U.S. economy, adding nearly 15,000 jobs just last year

In a packed room full of reporters, industry reps, and wind workers, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released its 2016 U.S. Wind Energy Industry Annual Market Report yesterday at the State Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Thanks to another year of strong, steady growth, wind increasingly powers the U.S. economy, adding nearly 15,000 … Continue reading Wind energy increasingly powers the U.S. economy, adding nearly 15,000 jobs just last year

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Top 11 wind energy trends of 2016

Today, AWEA released its U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2016, which showcases strong, steady growth throughout the year. Wind power became the largest source of renewable generating capacity and supplied record amounts of wind energy to many parts of the country. Strong wind project construction, a growing manufacturing sector, and the increasing need for … Continue reading Top 11 wind energy trends of 2016

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Wind energy adds jobs over 9 times faster than the overall economy

American wind power added jobs over 9 times faster than the overall economy amid robust growth for another year, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which released its 2016 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report today at the Minnesota State Capitol. Installing over 8,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind power for a second … Continue reading Wind energy adds jobs over 9 times faster than the overall economy

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Clean energy coalition supports proposed FERC revision of interconnection process

A coalition of clean energy groups voiced their support today for proposed interconnection changes by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to improve the efficiency and transparency of interconnection requests and remove barriers to renewable energy development. The following are comments made by representatives of clean energy and emerging technology groups who support FERC taking … Continue reading Clean energy coalition supports proposed FERC revision of interconnection process

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Windy City, powered by wind

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 … Continue reading Windy City, powered by wind

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Facebook buys more wind power

Here’s news we can all “like” today: 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 percent of the facility. A big footprint This will be a big data center. Spread … Continue reading Facebook buys more wind power

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Low natural gas prices, not wind energy, primarily responsible for coal’s troubles

As we’ve observed previously, a common tactic when an energy source is facing market headwinds is to blame wind energy for its problems. 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 … Continue reading Low natural gas prices, not wind energy, primarily responsible for coal’s troubles

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PJM study quantifies wind’s value for building a reliable, resilient power system

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. PJM, which operates the power system across … Continue reading PJM study quantifies wind’s value for building a reliable, resilient power system

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Wind power offers new opportunities in West Texas

The second time Scott Creech got laid off from a manufacturing job, something had to change. He had kids in high school and a family to take care of, and his previous line of work just wasn’t cutting it anymore. “That industry just kept dying for 20 years,” Scott said. “I was chasing jobs around.” … Continue reading Wind power offers new opportunities in West Texas

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Wind-powered Slurpees come to Texas

7-Eleven is the latest company choosing to power more of its operations using wind energy. The company recently announced an agreement with TXU Energy to power all of its Texas stores with wind. “This agreement is beneficial for 7-Eleven on several fronts,” said Ben Tison, 7-Eleven’s senior vice president of development. “Wind energy is a … Continue reading Wind-powered Slurpees come to Texas

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Top six news stories to start 2017 as first quarter closes

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: The Department of Energy released a report highlighting the booming nature of renewable energy jobs—wind power now employs more than … Continue reading Top six news stories to start 2017 as first quarter closes

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11 experiences you don’t want to miss at WINDPOWER 2017

It’s almost here– 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. We’re sure you won’t want to miss it! Here’s a glimpse at a few things we have in store. WINDPOWER 2017 Golf Open – … Continue reading 11 experiences you don’t want to miss at WINDPOWER 2017

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Military preparedness and wind energy can co-exist

The Dallas Morning News editorial board wrote about the issue of wind turbines and military bases yesterday, and here was it concluded: Not every problem requires a new law. Military preparedness and wind energy can co-exist if lawmakers just back off.  The editorial examined the Department of Defense’s (DoD) robust review process for any wind farm … Continue reading Military preparedness and wind energy can co-exist

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Saluting the women of wind energy

Over 100,000 U.S. 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. These women build turbines and keep them running smoothly. … Continue reading Saluting the women of wind energy

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What are wind techs, why are they so in demand, and how do you become one?

The average growth rate for all occupations is seven percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But for wind turbine technicians? It’s 108 percent. That means the amount of men and women employed fixing and maintaining wind towers will more than double between 2014 and 2024. There’s no denying it– wind techs are … Continue reading What are wind techs, why are they so in demand, and how do you become one?

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Over 17,000 Iowa wind-related jobs possible by 2020

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 (IWEA) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The findings come as wind energy supporters take to the State Capitol today to meet with state … Continue reading Over 17,000 Iowa wind-related jobs possible by 2020

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Secretaries Perry and Zinke showing support for wind power

AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan penned commentary in The Hill today, highlighting recent wind energy support from Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Here are a few highlights: The new administration is taking notice: wind energy is a job-creation engine that speeds up the path to American energy independence. “Renewable energy, like offshore … Continue reading Secretaries Perry and Zinke showing support for wind power

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