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Meet the veterans working in wind energy

The U.S. wind industry proudly hires veterans at a rate 72 percent higher than the national average, and the skills, teamwork and dedication they acquire while serving are perfect fits for wind work. Last week, we visited wind projects in Texas and Illinois to meet some of our veterans and thank them for their service.   … Continue reading Meet the veterans working in wind energy

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Renewables saved Texans $5.7 billion

Like everything in Texas, wind power is super-sized in the Lone Star State. Texas has more installed wind capacity than the Oklahoma, Iowa and California combined, the states occupying slots two through four on America’s wind leader board. In fact, only four countries in the entire world have built more wind than Texas. Now, a … Continue reading Renewables saved Texans $5.7 billion

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National lab report confirms wind energy contributions to a reliable power system

There is an all too common misconception among policy makers, regulators, and power market participants that wind energy isn’t reliable, and that turbines can’t provide essential grid reliability services. In reality, wind turbines can provide many of the services needed for reliable grid operations, including voltage and reactive power control, frequency response, active power control, … Continue reading National lab report confirms wind energy contributions to a reliable power system

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Wyoming on track to double its wind power

Despite the recognizable landscape of wind turbines standing sentinel between Casper and Laramie, Wyoming still lags far behind the biggest wind states in the country. But that is expected to slowly change. Wyoming is one of seven states in the country on track to double the amount of energy it can produce from wind power, … Continue reading Wyoming on track to double its wind power

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Working a wind farm

This is a guest post from Peter Lukens, Chair of the AWEA Environmental, Health, and Safety O&M Working Group. The working group develops operating guidelines, training modules, and support materials for the safe and healthful operations and maintenance of the wind industry. Peter is the Project Manager, Training, for Siemens Gamesa and has worked in … Continue reading Working a wind farm

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Highlights from a third quarter wind power boom

We’ve finished running the numbers, and the figures once again show an industry on the upswing. The third quarter proved to be an exciting one for the U.S. wind turbines industry, with more wind farm projects under construction than ever before, record volumes of corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs), and seven states on their way … Continue reading Highlights from a third quarter wind power boom

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American Wind Energy Association comments on new PJM fuel security study

PJM, the nation’s largest power grid operator, issued a new study this morning analyzing fuel supply resilience on their system. Amy Farrell, the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs made the following comment: “Energy regulators and grid operators confirm the reliability and resilience of the U.S. power system, … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association comments on new PJM fuel security study

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Seven states to double their wind power in near term as Q3 wind farm development picks up

Most powerful land-based wind turbines to date emerge as U.S. wind power continues strong growth. even states, from Nebraska to Massachusetts, will soon build enough wind turbines to more than double their capacity to generate clean and reliable wind energy, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Third Quarter 2018 Market … Continue reading Seven states to double their wind power in near term as Q3 wind farm development picks up

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A novice’s take on the Offshore WINDPOWER Conference

Last week, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) hosted its largest Offshore WINDPOWER Conference ever. With over 1,000 industry professionals in attendance and representatives from the Federal and state governments, Offshore WINDPOWER offered something for everyone. Even someone like me, who joined the wind power industry only earlier this summer. While many were hustling around the … Continue reading A novice’s take on the Offshore WINDPOWER Conference

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New EIA report shows wind power pulls its weight

A new report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) found that wind and solar generated over 20 percent of the total electricity in 10 states last year. This offers yet another data point that renewables like wind power have become an important part of America’s electricity mix. The 10 states include Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, South … Continue reading New EIA report shows wind power pulls its weight

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Iron Mountain, Microsoft and Walmart announced power purchase agreements (PPA) with five wind energy projects

It’s been a banner week for corporate purchasers. First, Iron Mountain, Microsoft and Walmart announced power purchase agreements (PPA) with five wind projects across the country. On top of that exciting news, Microsoft also announced a new and innovative solution for corporate purchasers called the volume firming agreement (VFA), which will help large companies power … Continue reading Iron Mountain, Microsoft and Walmart announced power purchase agreements (PPA) with five wind energy projects

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State of play for U.S. offshore wind power

The race for offshore wind leadership is heating up, and around the country a flurry of recent announcements from states and offshore developers are shaping the future of the industry. As the offshore wind community convenes for AWEA’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference, it’s a good time to take stock of where things stand.    Here’s a roundup … Continue reading State of play for U.S. offshore wind power

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Wind energy: No, wind turbines do not cause climate change

Greg Alvarez Two researchers, David Keith and Lee Miller, released a new paper today and their findings are problematic for several reasons. Furthermore, certain media outlets are misreporting what the paper actually says. The fact is wind power remains one of the most effective and affordable ways to reduce carbon pollution. Here’s a breakdown of … Continue reading Wind energy: No, wind turbines do not cause climate change

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American Wind Energy Association launches new worker safety campaign

AWEA’s October 2018 Safety Campaign, Stop the Shock: Stay Current and Avoid the Current, kicks off this week. The campaign will raise electrical safety awareness for wind energy workers and equip them with the knowledge they need to work safely and efficiently. With a record amount of wind power capacity under construction in the U.S. … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association launches new worker safety campaign

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Safety Awareness and Wind Energy

Many workers are unaware of the potential electrical hazards present in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to the danger of electricity-related injuries. According to OSHA, the following hazards are the most frequent causes of electrical injuries: Contact with power lines; Lack of ground-fault protection; Path to ground missing or discontinuous; Equipment not … Continue reading Safety Awareness and Wind Energy

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Wind power is a story of American growth and innovation

Many people know that wind energy creates benefits in all 50 states, providing affordable, reliable electricity for millions of American homes and businesses. It also supports over 105,000 well-paying U.S. jobs while reducing harmful pollution. Yet a recent article by Stephen Moore ignores all of this, instead spreading misleading claims and outdated information. The fact … Continue reading Wind power is a story of American growth and innovation

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New Jersey jumps into offshore wind energy

In the race for offshore wind leadership playing out up and down the east coast, New Jersey just made a big move—the Garden State’s Board of Public Utilities has approved the country’s largest single offshore wind power solicitation. The Board is seeking 1,100 megawatts (MW) of new offshore wind farm capacity. Since taking office earlier … Continue reading New Jersey jumps into offshore wind energy

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Fort Benning launches new wind energy technician training program for veterans

At Fort Benning, Georgia, American wind power is helping the U.S. Army secure competitive, productive and well-paying careers for its veterans.   Earlier this summer, the Fort Benning Career Skills Program launched a new course to help transition soldiers and veterans to jobs in wind energy and other renewable industries.   In partnership with Airstream Renewables Inc., … Continue reading Fort Benning launches new wind energy technician training program for veterans

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Rep. Welch receives “U.S. Wind Champion Award”

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) named Rep. Welch (D-Vt.) a U.S. Wind Champion for the 115th Congress at a September 6th event hosted by Avangrid Renewables, a leading renewable energy company with a portfolio that spans 22 states. AWEA’s U.S. Wind Champion Awards recognize select members of the 115th Congress who have taken action … Continue reading Rep. Welch receives “U.S. Wind Champion Award”

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Rep. Welch receives “U.S. Wind Champion Award”

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) named Rep. Welch (D-Vt.) a U.S. Wind Champion for the 115th Congress at a September 6th event hosted by Avangrid Renewables, a leading renewable energy company with a portfolio that spans 22 states. AWEA’s U.S. Wind Champion Awards recognize select members of the 115th Congress who have taken action … Continue reading Rep. Welch receives “U.S. Wind Champion Award”

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