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New study on wind power’s impact on the Hoary Bat

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued the following statement from Tom Vinson, Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs, in response to a new study on wind power’s impact on the Hoary Bat: “The wind industry is confident that the conservation measures we have put in place and those in the pipeline can prevent the … Continue reading New study on wind power’s impact on the Hoary Bat

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#iheartwind 2017 comes to a close

Thank you to everyone who participated in #iheartwind 2017! We saw a number of great responses and participation. Check out these numbers: Nearly 1,500 Twitter and Instagram posts tagged with #iheartwind A reach of over 1.8 million people Over 11 million impressions on Twitter and Instagram That’s a lot of people who love wind power! … Continue reading #iheartwind 2017 comes to a close

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The Economist embraces renewables

In this week’s cover story, The Economist thoughtfully argues for expanded use of renewable energy, noting that, “It is no longer far-fetched to think that the world is entering an era of clean, unlimited and cheap power. About time, too.” The Economist also correctly advocates for greater use of market mechanisms to increase the efficiency … Continue reading The Economist embraces renewables

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What happens to a wind turbine at the end of its life?

Have you ever wondered what happens to a wind turbine at the end of its life? You might be curious – there’s more than 52,000 utility-scale wind turbines operating in the U.S. today, providing enough power for 24 million American homes every year. Let’s take a look. Durable, long-lasting machines Wind turbines have long life … Continue reading What happens to a wind turbine at the end of its life?

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Offshore Wind Power At the U.S. Grid Will Replace Fossil Fuel Resources

Researchers force injecting offshore wind power into the U.S. electrical grid. This is to reduce pollution and costs from fossil fuel resources. Researchers believe that it would be much beneficial if large amounts of offshore wind power will be injected into the U.S. electrical grid. According to Science Daily, the use of offshore wind power … Continue reading Offshore Wind Power At the U.S. Grid Will Replace Fossil Fuel Resources

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GE to supply equipment for first commercial US integrated solar power and wind energy hybrid project

GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Juhl Energy to supply equipment for the first integrated solar-wind hybrid power project to be located Red Lake Falls, in the US state of Minnesota. The hybrid solar-wind design has the ability to produce power under situations of peak summer times and also during winters when winds are … Continue reading GE to supply equipment for first commercial US integrated solar power and wind energy hybrid project

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The opportunities are limitless

Regular readers of our blog know we love to talk about the 500 U.S. factories that build wind-related parts. And how over 100,000 Americans work in wind, with over a quarter of these jobs in manufacturing. But what’s even better is when we get to attach real faces to these numbers. Blake Kasper, Quality Supervisor … Continue reading The opportunities are limitless

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BP considers upgrade of U.S. 200 wind turbines

BP is mulling plans to upgrade as many as 200 of its wind turbines in the United States, Bloomberg reported. The energy giant is looking to update the aging equipment with newer, higher-capacity equipment in a bid to improve efficiency and reliability while increasing overall energy output. Laura Folse, chief executive of BP Wind Energy, … Continue reading BP considers upgrade of U.S. 200 wind turbines

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Americans rally to support wind power

Hundreds of Americans from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. to show their support for wind energy this week. AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan penned an op-ed in The Hill looking at why they decided to make the trek. Here are a few highlights: Some are part of America’s 100,000-strong wind energy workforce, or one … Continue reading Americans rally to support wind power

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New record: plain states exceed 50 percent wind power

A region stretching from Montana to Texas set a new record this week, hitting a mark many considered impossible just a few years ago: wind supplied the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) with 52 percent of its electricity on Sunday. The SPP is a grid operator for parts of 14 states and manages over 60,000 miles … Continue reading New record: plain states exceed 50 percent wind power

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Southwest Power Pool sets North American record for wind energy

Southwest Power Pool set a wind-penetration record of 52.1 percent at 4:30 a.m., Feb. 12, becoming the first regional transmission organization (RTO) in North America to serve more than 50 percent of its load at a given time with wind energy. The milestone beats a previous North American RTO record of 49.2 percent that SPP … Continue reading Southwest Power Pool sets North American record for wind energy

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#iheartwind 2017: Let’s see what people are saying

Valentine’s Day 2017 marks the halfway point of this year’s #iheartwind campaign, so let’s take a look at why people are loving homegrown wind power. You still have 10 days to let the world know why wind energy matters to you! Fill out our sign and let us know on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using … Continue reading #iheartwind 2017: Let’s see what people are saying

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Vestas leaps to top spot in U.S. wind energy market

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems has leapt to the top of the U.S. wind market, overtaking General Electric in new capacity installed last year, although slower demand growth and doubts over political support could threaten its position. Vestas came back from the brink of bankruptcy just four years ago. Now the wind industry … Continue reading Vestas leaps to top spot in U.S. wind energy market

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North Carolina’s first wind farm starts operations

The Amazon Wind Farm US East, powered by Avangrid Renewables at Desert Wind, in North Carolina has started operations. The facility reached full commercial operation this month and began delivering power in December 2016. It features 104 modern wind turbines that will produce 208MW of energy, enough to power the equivalent of approximately 61,000 US homes … Continue reading North Carolina’s first wind farm starts operations

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Near-record growth propels wind power into first place as America’s largest renewable resource

American wind power just achieved its second strongest quarter ever for newly installed energy generating capacity according to a new report released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Wind surpassed hydropower dams to become the largest source of renewable electric capacity in the U.S., and the fourth largest overall. Business leaders from General … Continue reading Near-record growth propels wind power into first place as America’s largest renewable resource

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Wind power surges into first place as America’s largest renewable resource

American wind power just passed a historic milestone—it’s now the country’s largest renewable resource by installed generating capacity. U.S. wind capacity now stands at over 82,000 megawatts (MW), surpassing the 80,000 MW at the nation’s hydropower dams. Wind power moves up the ranks That also means wind energy is now the country’s fourth-largest source of … Continue reading Wind power surges into first place as America’s largest renewable resource

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Why do you love wind power?

It’s time to kick off #iheartwind 2017! All month long, we want to hear from wind power’s biggest supporters about why they love wind energy. Do you support wind because it creates good, homegrown jobs? Because it increases energy independence? Or maybe because it helps clean our air? To let us know why you think … Continue reading Why do you love wind power?

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Allianz and MUFG invest in EDF wind farm in Oklahoma

Allianz and MUFG, one of the world’s leading financial groups, have together invested tax equity in the Great Western wind park developed and owned by EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), one of the leading wind project developers in the United States. The Great Western wind project is located in Ellis and Woodward Counties, around 200km … Continue reading Allianz and MUFG invest in EDF wind farm in Oklahoma

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NPR: What does it take to land America’s fastest growing job?

NPR recently took a look at what it’s like to be a wind turbine technician, America’s fastest growing occupation. How do you get the job? What’s the day-to-day like? For answers, NPR interviewed Daniel Lutat, Director of Sustainable Resources and Technologies at Iowa Lakes Community College, home to one of the nation’s leading wind tech … Continue reading NPR: What does it take to land America’s fastest growing job?

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