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California State Senate leader to keynote WINDPOWER 2017

Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, the California Senate’s most powerful member and legislative champion of the state’s hallmark 50 percent renewable energy standard law passed in 2015, will provide a keynote address at North America’s largest wind power trade show on Tuesday, May 23, in Anaheim. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced … Continue reading California State Senate leader to keynote WINDPOWER 2017

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Wind power will keep growing rapidly

The future of federal policies to cut carbon dioxide pollution for existing power plants, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan rule, remains uncertain for the near term. But even with this uncertainty on carbon policy, other factors will continue to drive wind energy’s astronomical growth — benefiting in particular the rural and … Continue reading Wind power will keep growing rapidly

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WindEurope argues for an Electricity Market Design consistent with the EU’s climate strategy

Today, a letter co-signed by WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson will be presented to Members of European Parliament arguing that Europe’s Electricity Market Design needs to be fully consistent with the EU’s climate strategy. The letter will be presented ahead of the Industry, Research and Energy committee’s first exchange of views on the reform of Europe’s … Continue reading WindEurope argues for an Electricity Market Design consistent with the EU’s climate strategy

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Indonesia ups renewable electricity plan

Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy has raised its target for renewable power generation in the country by 2026, and is now aiming for the sector to deliver 22.5% of the country’s electricity mix by then. This represents an increase of almost 3 percentage points on the previous review of the ten-year electricity supply plan prepared by … Continue reading Indonesia ups renewable electricity plan

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UK has first day without relying on coal for power since 1880s

“Friday 21st April 2017 was the first 24-hour period since the 1880s where Great Britain went without coal-fired power stations,” the National Grid control room said in a Twitter post confirming the achievement announced earlier. The country is getting half of its electricity from gas power plants, 30 percent from renewables and interconnectors and the … Continue reading UK has first day without relying on coal for power since 1880s

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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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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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1.4 GW offshore wind energy announced in Germany with zero public financial support

On 13 April, the German network regulator announced the results of the first offshore wind auction in Germany. EnBW and DONG Energy have won the rights to build offshore wind farms in the German North Sea.   Commenting on the results, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “The result of the first offshore auction in Germany … Continue reading 1.4 GW offshore wind energy announced in Germany with zero public financial support

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America’s Wind Energy Boom May Finally Be Coming to the Southeast

Local support flies in the face of Republican opposition, and some long-resistant states like North Carolina are now poised to join the country’s wind power surge. On a breezy day in late January, Katharine Kollins, the president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, walked 13 North Carolina legislators across fields of farmland outside Elizabeth City, N.C. … Continue reading America’s Wind Energy Boom May Finally Be Coming to the Southeast

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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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On the economics of wind energy and solar power

November’s COP22 climate summit of Marrakech gave climate policy fresh tailwind, after the blow of Donald Trump’s election. Even without a strong global treaty, national climate policies are multiplying?—?at least a certain type of policies. While the policy that economists often recommend?—?putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions?—?remains patchy, as a recent Worldbank report shows, … Continue reading On the economics of wind energy and solar power

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Renewables Providing Most New Power

Renewables were the biggest new source of electricity last year as the cost of building new wind and solar farms fell.   Clean energy provided 55 percent of all new capacity added worldwide, the most ever, and total investment was about double the amount for generators driven by fossil fuels, according to a report published … Continue reading Renewables Providing Most New Power

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A successful first year as WindEurope

One year ago EWEA became WindEurope. Our new name reflects the industry’s transformation from a niche energy sector into a large mainstream industry. And it underlines the growth and influence of our Association. Allow me to use this first anniversary to take stock and highlight some recent developments. In our outreach to policy-makers, we have … Continue reading A successful first year as WindEurope

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WindEurope attends meeting on strategy implementation by the Trans-European Networks for Energy

WindEurope attended a joint meeting on the implementation of the priority corridors identified in the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) regulation. This meeting was held with five regional groups representing the five priority corridors: the North South West corridor, the North South East corridor, the Baltic region, the North Sea region, and a horizontal group … Continue reading WindEurope attends meeting on strategy implementation by the Trans-European Networks for Energy

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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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Wind energy development a benefit for South Dakota

A recent My Voice titled, “Xcel Energy industrial wind zone is bad for SD citizens,” missed the mark on the economic opportunities that wind development can provide to eastern South Dakota. The column fails to recognize the very real benefits that additional wind energy development, including the recent proposal from Xcel Energy, will produce for … Continue reading Wind energy development a benefit for South Dakota

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