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U.S. wind power jobs continue booming, top 100,000

The Department of Energy released a new report today highlighting the booming nature of renewable energy jobs—wind power positions now top 100,000. More Americans now work in wind than in nuclear, coal, natural gas or hydroelectric power plants. These jobs span all 50 states, and tens of thousands are at the more than 500 U.S. … Continue reading U.S. wind power jobs continue booming, top 100,000

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American wind energy jobs crack 100,000 according to DOE

Wind power employs just over 100,000 Americans according to new data released today by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), more than work at nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants.   “Wind means opportunity and job security for over 100,000 Americans,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “The Department … Continue reading American wind energy jobs crack 100,000 according to DOE

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New York: Gov. Cuomo calls for huge offshore wind power commitment

Big news from my home state of New York this afternoon: Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for enough offshore wind development to power 1.25 million homes. While delivering his state-of-the-state address, the governor also asked the Long Island Power Authority to approve a 90 megawatt (MW) project off the coast of Long Island, which would generate … Continue reading New York: Gov. Cuomo calls for huge offshore wind power commitment

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Enhanced national security, billions a year for consumers, possible with improved transmission infrastructure

A new study from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) finds upgrades and additions to America’s transmission infrastructure create a more resilient grid, while delivering low-cost wind energy from Mountain states. This would provide $2.3 to $3.4 billion a year in consumer savings, paying for the cost of the transmission lines in under five years. … Continue reading Enhanced national security, billions a year for consumers, possible with improved transmission infrastructure

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State renewable policies create benefits we all want

Stronger state renewable portfolio standards (RPS) were a common trend in 2016, with state lawmakers from Rhode Island to Oregon voting to increase their states’ share of renewable energy. There’s a good reason why so of them are choosing these policies: they create large net consumer, employment, health, and environmental benefits, according to a new … Continue reading State renewable policies create benefits we all want

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DOE Annual Energy Outlook projects doubling of wind energy

There’s good news from the Department of Energy (DOE) today. DOE’s annual report projecting the future of energy in America shows wind power capacity will double from 76 gigawatts (GW) today to 152 GW by the year 2023. Wind continues to grow Turbines that can reach stronger, steadier winds mean increased productivity as wind generation … Continue reading DOE Annual Energy Outlook projects doubling of wind energy

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Wind power and wildlife thrive together

National Bird Day is today and it offers a good chance to share the positive story about wind energy and birds. Cleaner air, healthier habitats What do some of America’s most respected conservation groups think about wind power? “Audubon strongly supports properly sited wind power as a renewable energy source that helps reduce the threats … Continue reading Wind power and wildlife thrive together

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Gov. Kasich ensures wind power has a future in Ohio

During the holidays Ohio Gov. John Kasich took an important step you might have missed: he vetoed a bill that would have made the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) voluntary for the next two years. That would have essentially frozen further renewable energy development in Ohio. Gov. Kasich said allowing the bill to become law … Continue reading Gov. Kasich ensures wind power has a future in Ohio

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How and why the Fortune 500 buy wind energy

More and more Fortune 500 companies are emerging as major customers of American clean energy and, according to a new report released from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today, we now know what, where and how they are buying.   “In recent years Fortune 500 companies have led an intense search for the best … Continue reading How and why the Fortune 500 buy wind energy

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Why are Fortune 500 companies buying wind power?

As you’re frantically trying to carve out time for holiday shopping like I am, wind power is far from your thoughts – but it’s almost certainly on your list. More than ever, wind is powering the products and services that help Americans make memories and spread holiday cheer. Uploading thousands of family/cat photos to Google … Continue reading Why are Fortune 500 companies buying wind power?

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Help keep wind power growing

I recently met Derrick, who told me he learned about the wind turbine technician profession via the reality television show, “Turbine Cowboys.” A year ago, when his wife wanted to move closer to her relatives, it meant Derrick faced the challenge of finding a well-paying job to support his family in a small, rural town. … Continue reading Help keep wind power growing

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What stuck out to you about wind energy this year?

As we close the book on 2016, let’s take stock of where wind power stands and reflect on some of the year’s biggest trends. Here’s what really stuck out to us here at AWEA: Wind turbine technician became by far America’s fastest growing job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the occupation will grow by … Continue reading What stuck out to you about wind energy this year?

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Gov. John Kasich can protect wind energy in Ohio

Ohio legislators just passed a bill that would make renewable energy standards voluntary for the next two years, continuing the state’s clean energy ‘freeze’. This essentially means Ohio will turn its back on clean energy and abandon billions of dollars of investment in the local economy. The good news is Gov. Kasich still has a chance … Continue reading Gov. John Kasich can protect wind energy in Ohio

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More renewable energy is coming to Michiganders

Michigan lawmakers needed more than 20 hours to agree on energy law changes, notably raising the state’s renewable energy standard from 10 to 15 percent by 2022. The bill now goes to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who is expected to sign it into law. “The bills protect our environment by making it easier for Michigan … Continue reading More renewable energy is coming to Michiganders

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Offshore wind energy near the Big Apple draws intense bidding

An auction for the rights to develop a wind farm in federal waters starting 12 miles off Long Island, N.Y., shattered records today. After 33 rounds and more than a day of bidding, Statoil emerged as the winner with a bid of nearly $42.5 million. “New York has shown the promise of offshore wind power … Continue reading Offshore wind energy near the Big Apple draws intense bidding

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USFWS clarifies changes to eagle conservation program

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe recently penned a column in the Huffington Post explaining changes to the service’s eagle conservation program. Here are a few key points. How the program conserves eagle populations: Let me be clear: incidental loss of eagles is not new, and whether or not we issue permits, it … Continue reading USFWS clarifies changes to eagle conservation program

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BLM approves TransWest Express and Gateway South transmission lines

After eight years of review from federal agencies, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved routes for two new transmission projects which will carry renewable energy across the mountain west, desert southwest and California. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell also inked a formal agreement with California Gov. Jerry Brown to bolster wind, … Continue reading BLM approves TransWest Express and Gateway South transmission lines

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What the Associated Press and Fox News missed in their eagle conservation rule reporting

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) made changes to its eagle conservation program, and the Associated Press (AP) and Fox News misrepresented what it means, starting right in their headlines. And no, eagle populations have never been at risk from wind power and are not now. From the AP: Final wind turbines rule permits … Continue reading What the Associated Press and Fox News missed in their eagle conservation rule reporting

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Final USFWS eagle conservation rule

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued the following statement reacting to the release of the final eagle permit rule from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS): “Though we’re reserving judgment until we fully digest the rule, we strongly support its core purpose — eagle conservation,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy … Continue reading Final USFWS eagle conservation rule

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