Category Archives: OpEd

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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Eight wind energy projects are waiting to be built in Ohio

Last week I traveled to Ohio, driving westward across the state from Cleveland to Van Wert county. Outside the car window were open fields, farm houses and shiny silver grain silos. About three hours into the drive, a new landscape appeared: turbines from the Blue Creek Wind Farm dotting the horizon. This single farm makes … Continue reading Eight wind energy projects are waiting to be built in Ohio

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WindEurope explores synergies between wind and hydrogen energy

On March 22nd, WindEurope joined forces with the hydrogen community to hold a joint technical workshop exploring synergies between wind power and hydrogen energy. The large sector-coupling potential of such a synergy could expand the use of wind energy far beyond the power sector and lead to significant emission reductions throughout the whole economy. Because … Continue reading WindEurope explores synergies between wind and hydrogen energy

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Wind Energy Is a Jobs and Economic Engine

There’s a lot of talk about jobs these days. President Donald Trump speaks often, and passionately, about bringing jobs (especially manufacturing jobs) back to America. Wind energy is and will continue to be an important driver of the growth in American manufacturing and other family-supporting jobs across this nation. And, according to a new Navigant … Continue reading Wind Energy Is a Jobs and Economic Engine

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Can India be run entirely by renewables in the future?

A clean energy future is on top of every country’s sustainability agenda today, which is evidenced by the large-scale expansion of sustainable power projects worldwide. European nations, for example, seem to be in a race to outdo one another in their renewable energy accomplishments. In 2015, Denmark generated 140 percent of its electricity requirements on … Continue reading Can India be run entirely by renewables in the future?

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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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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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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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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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Wind energy industry could drive a quarter million American jobs by 2020 – end of Trump’s first term

American wind power expansion is poised to drive 248,000 jobs and $85 billion dollars in economic activity over the next four years, according to new analysis released today by Navigant Consulting. These and other economic benefits will result from the addition of 35,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity through 2020.   AWEA released an … Continue reading Wind energy industry could drive a quarter million American jobs by 2020 – end of Trump’s first term

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Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems

Iran can transition to a fully renewable electricity system and financially benefit from it by 2030. Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) show that major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could turn their abundant renewable energy resources into lucrative business opportunities in less than two decades.   According … Continue reading Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems

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Ohio special interest group hides renewable energy’s consumer and job-creation benefits

Ohio’s Buckeye Institute, which has been funded by the fossil fuel and tobacco industries, has released a report that uses misleading and out-of-date information to attack clean energy. Most notably, the report assumes the cost of renewable energy is five times higher than reality. In addition, the report ignores how renewable energy benefits consumers by … Continue reading Ohio special interest group hides renewable energy’s consumer and job-creation benefits

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Cooperation European Transmission System Operators to develop North Sea Wind Power Hub

TenneT TSO B.V. (Netherlands), Energinet.dk (Denmark) and TenneT TSO GmbH (Germany) will sign an trilateral agreement in Brussels on 23 March 2017 that will press ahead on developing a large renewable European electricity system in the North Sea. TenneT unveiled its vision of the North Sea Wind Power Hub in June 2016 . The close … Continue reading Cooperation European Transmission System Operators to develop North Sea Wind Power Hub

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AWEA’s Community Engagement Seminar series

Ask any wind farm developer, and they’ll tell you the most successful projects are in communities that want them. And a lot of communities do, as there are wind farms in 41 out of 50 states, supporting well-paying jobs and investing billions of dollars in rural communities. But how can we help ensure that happens? … Continue reading AWEA’s Community Engagement Seminar series

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Wind powers 5.5 percent of U.S. grid

All of the new wind farms built over the past few years are making an impact: new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration finds the country generated more than 5.5 percent of its electricity using wind in 2016. That comes on the heels of a recent announcement that wind is now the country’s largest … Continue reading Wind powers 5.5 percent of U.S. grid

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Western University study says wind energy plans should generate more equitable benefits to neighbours

The more a community is involved in wind energy planning – including getting direct benefits from nearby turbines – the more likely it is that a development will have local support, says newly published research from Western University. The study by Chad Walker and Jamie Baxter of the Department of Geography examines communities living with … Continue reading Western University study says wind energy plans should generate more equitable benefits to neighbours

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One in six renewable energy jobs in Scotland at risk

Businesses working in the Scottish renewable energy sector are anticipating a sixth of their workforce will be lost within the next 12 months, a new industry survey has shown. Scottish Renewables polled its members on employment levels and confidence over the next year, with respondents predicting an average decrease in full-time equivalent posts in Scotland … Continue reading One in six renewable energy jobs in Scotland at risk

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