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Wind power keeps the lights on and lowers costs

Wind energy is an increasingly important, reliable and affordable part of America’s electricity mix, despite the misleading claims in Ryan Yonk and Arthur Wardle’s Aug. 19 commentary. Yonk and Wardle are exactly right that the strongest energy system is comprised of a diversity of sources. An electricity grid drawing power from different types of generation … Continue reading Wind power keeps the lights on and lowers costs

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Voters recognize wind power strengthens the American economy

John Purcell is the Vice President of the Energy Division at Leeco Steel. “We will put new American metal into the spine of this nation. It will be American hands that rebuild this country, and it will be American energy – mined from American sources – that powers this country.” So said Donald Trump in a … Continue reading Voters recognize wind power strengthens the American economy

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Gone with the wind: producing renewable energy on the remote Texas plains

Ever dream of escaping urban life – the traffic, the crowds, the commute? Manny Dominquez, facility manager at BP’s Sherbino 2 wind farm, works on the plains of West Texas – where the terrain is rugged, the distances are big and the racoons can cause havoc if they find a way indoors. Wind farms in … Continue reading Gone with the wind: producing renewable energy on the remote Texas plains

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New report highlights bright, low-cost future of wind energy

A number of recent reports paint a bright future for the U.S. wind industry thanks to continuing cost declines, with reductions of more than 60 percent since 2009. This cost trajectory is attributable to, among other things, advanced manufacturing techniques, improved construction methods, larger turbine blades, economies of scale, and other advances in turbine technology. … Continue reading New report highlights bright, low-cost future of wind energy

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Wind energy boasts bipartisan support

With the 2016 election at the forefront of our media and our politicians divided over important issues such as the economy, national security, the justice system and so much more, it’s gratifying to find one thing parties from both sides of the aisle can agree on: wind energy. Wind power has bipartisan support from governors, members … Continue reading Wind energy boasts bipartisan support

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The Wind Portrait Project: Meeting the people building a renewable future

future An incredibly diverse group of Americans are working to build a better, cleaner tomorrow. Ed Collier August 16, 2016 “I think what you do is cool and important. I’d like to take your picture. Simple as that.” The idea I’ve actually been thinking about the Wind Portrait Project for a few years, and finally, … Continue reading The Wind Portrait Project: Meeting the people building a renewable future

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Flawed study overstates challenge of integrating wind energy

A national press story recently highlighted an academic study claiming flexible fossil-fired power plants, like natural gas power plants, are critical for integrating renewable energy.  In reality, wind energy can be reliably integrated onto the existing power system, and the addition of renewable energy never increases, and actually always decreases, the need for other power … Continue reading Flawed study overstates challenge of integrating wind energy

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Offshore wind energy gets a boost from Massachusetts

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law this week a piece of legislation that will transform the U.S. offshore wind market and catapult the industry into a thriving source of clean energy for New England ratepayers. The new law tasks state utilities with procuring 1,600 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power capacity through 15 to 20 … Continue reading Offshore wind energy gets a boost from Massachusetts

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Transmission pays for itself, saves consumers money

Studies show that expanding America’s electricity grid to meet 21st century needs more than pays for itself, and can even result in significant consumer savings. Improved transmission planning could save American families and businesses up to $47 billion every year, according to a recent white paper from the Brattle Group. However, some groups remain unaware … Continue reading Transmission pays for itself, saves consumers money

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Wind power and eagles can successfully coexist

As one of the leading solutions to combat carbon pollution, growing wind energy is an effective way to protect America’s landscapes and wildlife. Scientists agree that climate change is the greatest threat to our nation’s plants and animals, and zero-carbon energy sources will play a critical role in ensuring these populations remain healthy and abundant. … Continue reading Wind power and eagles can successfully coexist

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First American offshore wind turbines installed

American offshore wind power is one step closer to becoming a reality, with installation of the first turbines at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island project now complete. Construction on the country’s first offshore wind farm began last spring, off the coast of Rhode Island, and the project is expected to be fully operational later this fall. … Continue reading First American offshore wind turbines installed

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More of wind power’s savings coming soon to the Northeast

From Rhode Island to Washington, D.C., the Northeastern United States made a big push this summer to bring more clean, affordable wind power to millions of families and businesses. A slew of new legislation will help grow wind energy in one of the country’s most populous regions, proving big populations and big amounts of renewable … Continue reading More of wind power’s savings coming soon to the Northeast

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Beauty exposed: wind power as fine art

Deon Reynolds has always been a guy who enjoys the outdoors, so it makes sense that as a professional photographer, landscapes have long been his favorite subject. But a few years ago, a new opportunity presented itself that ultimately took Deon’s career in a different direction, leading to some of the most prestigious recognition he’s … Continue reading Beauty exposed: wind power as fine art

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Industry applauds New York historic move to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030

The third-largest state economy in the United States will soon run obtain half of its electricity needs from renewable energy thanks to a new measure approved by the New York Public Service commission Monday. The Empire State’s new Clean Energy Standard will diversify the state’s electricity by requiring utilities and other energy suppliers to procure … Continue reading Industry applauds New York historic move to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030

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Wind power lauds transformative Massachusetts energy legislation

The Massachusetts state legislature just passed a new law that will dramatically expand procurement of renewable energy in the state. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) applauded the move: “Massachusetts lawmakers have taken transformative action to make the state’s energy supply cleaner and more reliable,” said Andrew Gohn, Eastern Region Policy Director, AWEA. “We thank … Continue reading Wind power lauds transformative Massachusetts energy legislation

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American wind power remains on track to supply 20 percent of the country’s electricity

When Congress passed a five-year extension of the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) with bipartisan support last December, the U.S. wind industry finally had what we’ve sought for years: long-term policy certainty. This meant a business environment primed for success, and a chance for our companies to harness America’s world-class wind resources for families … Continue reading American wind power remains on track to supply 20 percent of the country’s electricity

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More companies are choosing to power their operations with renewable energy

This is the first in a two-part series that examines why companies are buying renewable energy, how they’re doing it, and what this process might look like moving forward. What brings diverse companies like Amazon, Disney, General Motors, Microsoft, Nike, Starbucks and Walmart together? They’re all buying renewable energy or want to get in the … Continue reading More companies are choosing to power their operations with renewable energy

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The U.S. wind energy industry saw strong growth in the first half of 2016

  American wind power is as strong as it has ever been through the first half of 2016, with a near-record level of projects under construction or in the advanced stages of development. Just today, Alliant Energy announced plans to expand its Whispering Willow wind farm in Iowa, investing $1 billion to add another 500 … Continue reading The U.S. wind energy industry saw strong growth in the first half of 2016

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U.S. wind energy investment grows during the second quarter: Over 18,200 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity are now under construction

U.S. wind energy industry activity approached record levels in the second quarter as utilities and other purchasers locked in record low wind costs. Over 18,200 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity are now under construction or in advanced stages of development, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter 2016 … Continue reading U.S. wind energy investment grows during the second quarter: Over 18,200 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity are now under construction

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Front groups release another garbage in-garbage out study, inadvertently show benefits of wind energy

Front groups for competing energy sources are attempting the same debunked attack on wind energy for the fifth time, this time with cookie-cutter attacks on renewable energy in a dozen states. The latest reports were paid for by the Interstate Policy Alliance, a hired gun for tobacco companies and other special interests headed by Rick … Continue reading Front groups release another garbage in-garbage out study, inadvertently show benefits of wind energy

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