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Wind energy industry encouraged by FERC’s direction on grid resilience

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today praised the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its unanimous decision to terminate the proceeding it had opened to address the Department of Energy’s Proposed Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing, and instead initiate a new proceeding to evaluate the resilience of America’s bulk electric power system. “Every … Continue reading Wind energy industry encouraged by FERC’s direction on grid resilience

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Help us tell wind power’s job creation story

There’s an important opportunity to tell the story of wind power’s 50-state job creation, and we need your help to tell it. The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) is currently seeking critical data on jobs from the wind industry and other energy sectors via an online survey, available here. Take a moment to … Continue reading Help us tell wind power’s job creation story

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Rain, sleet or snow – wind works as part of a resilient grid

Extreme weather like this week’s plunging temperatures is becoming easier for power grid operators to manage, thanks to an increasingly diverse electricity supply including more low-cost, reliable wind generation. The strength of the U.S. electricity system is on display this week even as “one of the strongest East Coast winter storms in modern history” descends … Continue reading Rain, sleet or snow – wind works as part of a resilient grid

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Another West Texas wind power success story

You may have missed it over the holidays, but Inside Climate News recently did a deep dive into West Texas’s wind power success story. From new jobs to added local funds and income for farmers and ranchers, it reads like a greatest hits of wind’s many community benefits. Here are a few highlights: Jobs for … Continue reading Another West Texas wind power success story

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Champions in Congress stand up for American wind energy workers

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act near passage in Congress will allow the continued growth of American wind energy, and the investment, jobs, and other economic benefits it brings to rural communities. The bill to be voted on later this week preserves the orderly phase-out through 2019 of wind energy tax credits, ensuring stability for … Continue reading Champions in Congress stand up for American wind energy workers

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Renewables can help Puerto Rico keep its lights on

Myths about renewables shouldn’t stop Puerto Rico from using them to make its grid more resilient in future weather disasters, because the world has changed– they’re reliable and save money now. That’s the gist of a recent “design charette,” a group planning event convened over the past two months by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) … Continue reading Renewables can help Puerto Rico keep its lights on

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Tax reform to allow continued wind power investment and job growth

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act near passage in Congress will allow the continued growth of American wind energy, and the investment, jobs, and other economic benefits it brings to rural communities. The bill to be voted on later this week preserves the orderly phase-out through 2019 of wind energy tax credits, ensuring stability for … Continue reading Tax reform to allow continued wind power investment and job growth

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What GateHouse Media missed in its report on life near wind farms

If all you knew about the beach was what you saw in the movie “Jaws,” you’d never go. Yet 58 million Americans a year go to the shore. Context matters. And that’s exactly what is lacking in a recent report by GateHouse Media that amplifies the complaints of a small number of the millions of … Continue reading What GateHouse Media missed in its report on life near wind farms

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DOE make a big investment in offshore wind energy

Wrapping up a year of exciting offshore wind developments, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a new $18.5 million funding opportunity for an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium. “As the former Governor of one of the largest wind producing states, I know the value of … Continue reading DOE make a big investment in offshore wind energy

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Words can fuel perceived health impacts of wind turbines

Do you have sores on your feet? Is your hair turning grey? You may live near a wind turbine. Or at least that’s what certain stories you can find on the Internet would have you believe – that wind turbines cause health problems. In reality, tens of millions of people comfortably live near wind projects … Continue reading Words can fuel perceived health impacts of wind turbines

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When fake news has real consequences: Words can fuel perceived health impacts

Do you have sores on your feet? Is your hair turning grey? You may live near a wind turbine. Or at least that’s what certain stories you can find on the Internet would have you believe – that wind turbines cause health problems. In reality, tens of millions of people comfortably live near wind projects … Continue reading When fake news has real consequences: Words can fuel perceived health impacts

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San Francisco’s transit system announces wind energy deal

The San Francisco Bay Area’s rapid transit system took a big step towards ensuring a clean energy future, and it’s using wind power to get there. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)’s Board of Directors approved two 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) last week, one for 61.7 megawatts (MW) of wind and one for 45 … Continue reading San Francisco’s transit system announces wind energy deal

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Growing western electricity market delivers increasing economic benefits, low-cost renewables

While most Americans support developing more renewable energy, very few that work outside the energy industry spend any time thinking about how its delivered to their homes or businesses. Likely even fewer are aware of recent developments that might help their own utility bring more low-cost, renewable power online. That’s why the Wind Energy Foundation’s … Continue reading Growing western electricity market delivers increasing economic benefits, low-cost renewables

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Clean energy leaders statement on passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in US Senate

Joint statement by: Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO, American Council on Renewable (ACORE) Tom Kiernan, CEO, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Matthew Mallioux, Director, American Conservation Coalition (ACC) Heather Reams, Managing Director, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Mark Pischea, President, Conservative Energy Network (CEN) Mark Fleming, President and CEO, Conservatives for Clean Energy (CCE) … Continue reading Clean energy leaders statement on passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in US Senate

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Tens of thousands contact Congress: don’t let tax reform hinder wind energy’s growth

The Senate is set to vote any moment on a tax reform plan that could threaten our country’s progress in renewable energy. Right now, a new wind turbine is put in the ground every 2.5 hours. That means factory and construction workers are clocking in each morning to good-paying jobs. Where are those turbines being … Continue reading Tens of thousands contact Congress: don’t let tax reform hinder wind energy’s growth

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What people are saying about DOE’s resiliency proposal

Somewhat lost amid the tax reform debate, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continues to debate a new rule proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE). DOE’s resiliency proposal would act as a subsidy for coal and nuclear plants while throwing competitive energy markets into disarray. There has been no shortage of opinions on the … Continue reading What people are saying about DOE’s resiliency proposal

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What critics are getting wrong about wind power during the tax reform debate

Ever since the House released its tax reform proposal on Nov. 1, skeptics of wind power have jumped at the opportunity to spread misleading information, especially about the Production Tax Credit (PTC) that has unleashed the private capital needed for wind to scale up. The reality is that tax credits for wind energy are already … Continue reading What critics are getting wrong about wind power during the tax reform debate

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House tax plan would hurt wind energy industry

As the saying goes, there are few certainties in life other than death and taxes. Having tax policy certainty is important for business, particularly when companies are making new investments. But the United States House of Representatives’ proposal for tax reform that was recently rolled out would unfairly put a retroactive tax hike on an … Continue reading House tax plan would hurt wind energy industry

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US House misses opportunity, House bill would cripple wind power

The U.S. House of Representatives missed an opportunity to stand up for 60,000 American workers and preserve $50 billion in private infrastructure investment. The tax reform bill passed by the House retroactively changes how businesses can qualify for wind energy’s primary investment tools, the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC), … Continue reading US House misses opportunity, House bill would cripple wind power

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200+ wind businesses to Congress: U.S. Senate protects jobs during tax reform

More than 200 companies that do business in the wind industry have sent a letter to House leadership objecting to language in its tax reform bill. The House’s proposal substantially lowers the value of the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and retroactively changes the rules on how companies can qualify for it. That puts … Continue reading 200+ wind businesses to Congress: U.S. Senate protects jobs during tax reform

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