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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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Ohio HB 114 would slam brakes on wind power jobs, investment

The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee today held a hearing on House Bill 114, which would reduce the state’s renewable energy standard (RPS) into an unenforceable goal. “By rapidly advancing this bill, the Ohio House is needlessly jeopardizing jobs, private investment and rural development potential that wind energy has demonstrated in Ohio and across the … Continue reading Ohio HB 114 would slam brakes on wind power jobs, investment

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Offshore wind: Big moves in North Carolina

After recent offshore wind developments in Rhode Island and New York, the latest news comes out of North Carolina: Avangrid Renewables has won a Department of Interior auction to develop a project off the state’s coast. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke praised the results: The success of this lease sale reflects the continued interest of coastal … Continue reading Offshore wind: Big moves in North Carolina

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Iberdrola wins bid to build offshore wind farm near North Carolina

The U.S.-based subsidiary of a Spanish utility company has offered $9 million in a bid to develop an offshore wind farm off the coast of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will lease 122,405 acres offshore North Carolina to Avangrid Renewables, for development of a wind energy facility off Kitty Hawk.   The … Continue reading Iberdrola wins bid to build offshore wind farm near North Carolina

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Statoil, PNE request US offshore leases

Activity in the US’ offshore wind sector has continued to pick up in 2017, with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) this week publishing notification of several requests for leases. Unsolicited lease requests were made by two firms for areas off New York and Massachusetts. PNE Wind USA, a unit of the German wind … Continue reading Statoil, PNE request US offshore leases

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Bidding ends at $9 million for Kitty Hawk wind rights

Rights to develop offshore wind energy in an expanse of ocean real estate 24 nautical miles away from the North Carolina coast sold for $9 million today in an auction held by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The winning bid was placed by Avangrid Renewables, which recently completed North Carolina’s first land-based … Continue reading Bidding ends at $9 million for Kitty Hawk wind rights

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Wind energy works for America

  Rep. Tom Reed (R, NY-23) penned an op-ed in The Hill this week explaining why the wind energy Production Tax Credit should be considered a successful policy, and why he thinks wind works for America. Rep. Reed cited wind’s large-scale job creation, the income it provides to rural communities, and the economic investment it … Continue reading Wind energy works for America

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From the classroom to the field and back

Wisconsin native Justin Barrett was living in Colorado, working at retail in a job he didn’t find fulfilling. It was time for a change, so he went back home to start something new. “I wasn’t doing anything that I really enjoyed and decided that it was time for me to grow up and find a … Continue reading From the classroom to the field and back

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This WWII-era submarine factory now builds wind turbine towers

I’ve often written about the old Maytag factory in Newton, Iowa where Trinity Structural Towers now builds wind turbine towers. During my tour through Wisconsin last week, I learned Trinity isn’t the only company doing this—Broadwind Towers is also giving a second life to a decades-old factory in the city of Manitowoc. In 2004, Broadwind … Continue reading This WWII-era submarine factory now builds wind turbine towers

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Trainees today, trainers tomorrow: the future of the wind industry

Jobs are a hot topic in today’s political landscape, and the wind industry proudly hosts the country’s fastest growing profession: wind turbine technician. The outlook for “tower monkeys,” as they are colloquially known, is bright—the field will grow 108 percent over the next decade according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number was … Continue reading Trainees today, trainers tomorrow: the future of the wind industry

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Broad coalition ask Congress to invest in America’s electricity grid

A diverse group of businesses from the energy, manufacturing, construction and environmental sectors sent a letter to Congressional leaders today calling for investment in America’s electricity grid. The coalition reminded lawmakers that ensuring reliable access to affordable electricity is necessary to keep business strong. Updating the country’s electricity grid to meet 21st century needs will … Continue reading Broad coalition ask Congress to invest in America’s electricity grid

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AWEA, NEMA, SEIA, WIRES urge Congress to streamline US electrical infrastructure projects

A coalition of groups representing a broad spectrum of U.S. manufacturing, construction, energy and environmental workers, are calling for Congress to include electric transmission provisions in any proposed infrastructure legislation and streamline expansion of U.S. electrical infrastructure. A co-signed letter by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Solar … Continue reading AWEA, NEMA, SEIA, WIRES urge Congress to streamline US electrical infrastructure projects

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Wind energy now No. 1 renewable electric resource in U.S.

Wind power has surpassed hydroelectric as the top renewable electric resource in the United States, according to a new report by the American Wind Energy Association. This puts wind power as the fourth highest overall electric energy source behind natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy. A “balance of power, if you will in terms of … Continue reading Wind energy now No. 1 renewable electric resource in U.S.

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Wind energy rise makes 248,000 wind related jobs by 2020 possible

As the largest renewable resource in the U.S. grows, so will wind-related job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Americans. That was the news released yesterday as AWEA joined Navigant Consulting to release new analysis showing the U.S. wind industry will drive over $85 billion in economic activity over the next four years while wind-related employment will … Continue reading Wind energy rise makes 248,000 wind related jobs by 2020 possible

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Wisconsin manufacturers find new growth opportunities

I remember how hard it was to find a job during the Great Recession. Having graduated from college in 2008, that was just the time I was looking for my first full-time position. For many businesses, keeping the doors open was a struggle. That was particularly pronounced in the manufacturing world. But the New North, … Continue reading Wisconsin manufacturers find new growth opportunities

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U.S. market installed 14,762 MWdc of solar photovoltaic in 2016

The U.S. solar market had its biggest year ever in 2016, nearly doubling its previous record and adding more electric generating capacity than any other source of energy for the first time ever. Over the next five years, the cumulative U.S. solar market is expected to nearly triple in size, even as a slight dip … Continue reading U.S. market installed 14,762 MWdc of solar photovoltaic in 2016

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