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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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Wind generates enough to cover Denmark’s entire power demand on Wednesday

Denmark produced 70 GWh from onshore wind and 27 GWh from offshore. That’s the equivalent of powering 10 million EU households. Germany was the second-best performing country meeting 52% of its demand from wind, followed by Ireland with 42%. Wind power in the EU as whole covered almost 19% of the bloc’s electricity needs. Take … Continue reading Wind generates enough to cover Denmark’s entire power demand on Wednesday

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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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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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Manufacturers call on European institutions to strengthen EU industrial strategy

92 trade associations have signed a Joint Declaration in the run-up to the Competitiveness Council calling on the EU to strengthen its industry strategy. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker marked the reindustrialisation of Europe as a priority to ensure the EU remains a competitive global power as other countries including China, India and the USA … Continue reading Manufacturers call on European institutions to strengthen EU industrial strategy

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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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European Parliament agrees on measures to reform ETS after 2020

The European Parliament has established a common position on reforms to the Emissions Trading System after 2020. Policymakers voted to strengthen the Market Stability Reserve, a facility designed to remove excess carbon permits from the market. They also agreed to cancel 800 million allowances from the reserve, which comes into force in 2019. However, MEPs … Continue reading European Parliament agrees on measures to reform ETS after 2020

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REthinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the global energy transformation

Renewable energy is a fundamental and growing part of the global energy transformation. Increasingly, renewables have become the first choice for expanding, upgrading and modernising power systems around the world. Click here to download REthinking Energy, the flagship report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), examines trends and developments in the global quest for … Continue reading REthinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the global energy transformation

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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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#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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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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Wind in power: 2016 European statistics

Wind accounted for 51% of all new power installations in 2016, connecting a total of 12.5 GW to the grid across the 28 EU Member States – 10.923 MW in onshore and 1,567 MW offshore. Europe installed 12.5 GW of gross additional wind capacity in 2016. This was 3% less than the new installations in … Continue reading Wind in power: 2016 European statistics

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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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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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Maryland lawmakers stand up for clean energy

The Maryland General Assembly voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act today. That means more jobs, economic development and clean energy for Maryland families and businesses. State Sens. Brian Feldman and Catherine Pugh, along with Del. William Frick, were instrumental in pushing the measure through successfully. In April of … Continue reading Maryland lawmakers stand up for clean energy

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Maryland economy wins big with Clean Energy Jobs Act

The Maryland General Assembly voted today to override Gov. Hogan’s veto and restore the Clean Energy Jobs Act. American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan hailed the override: “Making the Clean Energy Jobs Act law is the right decision for Maryland. Renewable energy legislation is pro-growth, pro-business, and means access to more jobs in … Continue reading Maryland economy wins big with Clean Energy Jobs Act

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WindEurope welcomes European Commission’s State of the Energy Union address

WindEurope welcomes today’s State of the Energy Union address from Maroš Šef?ovi?, Vice President for the European Commission in charge of Energy Union. Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope, said: “The Commission has reinforced its clear commitment to the energy transition in Europe with renewables at its heart. The Clean Energy Package is the … Continue reading WindEurope welcomes European Commission’s State of the Energy Union address

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Republican Governor: God has blessed our state with wind energy resource

By growing wind farms in the Sunflower State, Kansas has attracted $7 billion dollars in capital investment to its state economy. This has primarily benefited rural communities around the state, allowing Kansas farmers and ranchers to expand their businesses or send their kids to college. Plus, building wind farms and manufacturing the parts and supplies … Continue reading Republican Governor: God has blessed our state with wind energy resource

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