Gov. Hickenlooper, industry stakeholders, to highlight Colorado as wind power leader

Members of the press are invited to attend an exclusive live press conference release of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) 2015 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, which will show the U.S. wind energy industry supporting more jobs than ever.

Colorado’s leadership in expanding wind power has enabled the state to attract thousands of quality jobs while cutting costs on electricity bills and creating clean air.

Click here to view the report’s current press kit (to be updated on release day).

RSVP: Credentialed members of the media should contact Evan Vaughan at, (202) 431-4640 for details and to confirm participation.

Who: Colorado’s chief executive joins with wind industry to reveal new data.

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Chris Brown, President, Vestas Americas
  • David Eves, President, Public Service Company Colorado, (Xcel Energy)
  • Jaime Steve, Vice President, Government Relations, RES-Americas
  • Auston Van Slyke, Program Director, EcoTech Institute
  • Tom Darin, Senior Director, Western State Policy, AWEA
  • John Hensley, Manager, Industry Data & Analysis, AWEA

When: TUESDAY, April, 12 at 9:15 a.m. MT

Where:  Brighton, Colorado (For full details contact Evan Vaughan.)

Background: Wind power installed more new electric generating capacity in 2015 than any other energy source and the wind industry is home to the fastest growing profession in the U.S. according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – the wind turbine technician. AWEA’s annual market report is the most comprehensive look at the U.S. wind energy industry, providing the latest data on U.S. wind projects, wind turbine and component manufacturing, market rankings and key industry players, and the impact of the U.S. wind energy industry.

AWEA’s current fact sheet on Colorado can be found here:

The press conference will take place at Vestas Wind Systems’ Brighton Nacelle manufacturing facility that employs nearly 3,700 Colorado workers building America’s wind turbines. In the background of the event space are nacelles manufactured at Vestas’s Brighton facility, these house all of the generating components in a wind turbine.