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Wind energy, other renewable energy sources are the answer to climate change

With more than 22,000 employees in Texas, America’s wind energy industry feels the pain inflicted by Hurricane Harvey. Wind companies have pledged $1 million to Habitat for Humanity to help Texas communities recover from the disaster. But wind energy is helping Texas recover in other ways as well. Our industry has invested more than $38 … Continue reading Wind energy, other renewable energy sources are the answer to climate change

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GM to run Ohio, Indiana factories with 100 percent wind power

Last week I predicted it wouldn’t be long before we had more news on Fortune 500 wind power purchases. Well, a whole seven days passed before there were new deals to report. Wind powers the open road for GM GM just announced wind power purchase agreements with projects in Ohio and Illinois. The automaker is … Continue reading GM to run Ohio, Indiana factories with 100 percent wind power

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M&M’s launches new Fans of Wind campaign

Just yesterday, Anheuser-Busch announced it was buying enough wind energy from an Oklahoma project to meet half of its electricity needs. Now, M&M has launched a new Fans of Wind campaign: Fans of Wind Mars, M&M’s parent company, buys enough wind from projects in Texas and Scotland to make all of the M&M’s sold worldwide. … Continue reading M&M’s launches new Fans of Wind campaign

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New Windy Cities Award will honor city leadership in growing wind energy

Every year, AWEA presents industry awards to recognize individuals and companies that have demonstrated excellence in advancing the wind industry. The annual awards program recognizes those leaders, at all levels and areas of the industry, who have shown passion and a clear vision for wind energy. This year, AWEA is launching a new award to … Continue reading New Windy Cities Award will honor city leadership in growing wind energy

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U.S. wind power donates $1 million to Harvey relief

There’s no other way to put it: Texas is the beating heart of the U.S. wind industry. Nearly a quarter of the country’s installed capacity is in Texas, and over 22,000 wind workers reside in the state—many at companies based in the Houston area. So the entire wind community is thinking of our Texan friends … Continue reading U.S. wind power donates $1 million to Harvey relief

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American wind industry companies pledge $1 million as keystone partners of Habitat for Humanity’s post-Harvey recovery work

Companies in the American wind energy industry today announced they will donate $1 million to Hurricane Harvey repair and rebuilding as keystone partners of Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Hammers Back initiative. Participating companies as of this release include Apex Clean Energy, Blattner Energy, Duke Energy, EDF Renewable Energy, EDP Renewables, Enel Green Power North America, … Continue reading American wind industry companies pledge $1 million as keystone partners of Habitat for Humanity’s post-Harvey recovery work

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Tom Gray: The tributes continue pouring in

This is a guest post from Randy Swisher, AWEA’s Executive Director from 1989 to 2009. I’m still trying to wrap my head around Tom’s passing. It’s not easy. He was clearly the best writer I ever had the pleasure of working with, but that doesn’t begin to explain who he was as a person—one who … Continue reading Tom Gray: The tributes continue pouring in

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Rural America embraces wind power

The Wall Street Journal has a new feature story out today, and it focuses on Benton County, Indiana. If that sounds familiar it’s because the town of Fowler, site of #AmericanWindWeek’s Fowler Wind Fair, lies in Benton County. Home to about 8,600 people, Benton County also houses about half of Indiana’s installed wind capacity, and … Continue reading Rural America embraces wind power

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Remembering a beloved wind power pioneer: Tom Gray

The wind community suffered a heartfelt loss with the news that former AWEA Executive Director Tom Gray passed away yesterday, after a head injury sustained in a fall where he lived in Vermont. Tom was a true industry pioneer, having worked across four decades to grow American wind energy and our association. In the 1980s … Continue reading Remembering a beloved wind power pioneer: Tom Gray

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500 cities have committed to going big on clean energy this year – now what?

A handful of cities like Georgetown, Texas, and Greensburg, Kansas, have gone 100 percent clean energy, getting all of their electricity from sources like wind, solar or hydropower. Now, over 500 cities are following in their footsteps, committing to go big on clean energy –saving their constituents money and cutting pollution along the way. First, … Continue reading 500 cities have committed to going big on clean energy this year – now what?

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Wind power costs: another 50 percent reduction possible by 2030

Fresh off the first-ever American Wind Week, the Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a new report finding wind energy cost reductions of 50 percent are possible by 2030. That’s on top of the 66 percent cost reduction since 2009. Envisioning the wind plant of the near-future – a ‘collection of … Continue reading Wind power costs: another 50 percent reduction possible by 2030

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Top three takeaways from DOE’s grid study

After months of speculation, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a much-anticipated study of the U.S. electric grid last night. It focused on a critical question—how do we make sure we keep the lights on for American families and businesses? From our initial review of the report, there are three particularly valuable takeaways. These primary … Continue reading Top three takeaways from DOE’s grid study

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American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) statement on the DOE grid study

The following is a statement from Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Staff Report on Electricity Markets and Reliability: “We received the U.S. Department of Energy’s grid study and reviewed its key findings and recommendations. The wind industry appreciated the opportunity to contribute analysis … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) statement on the DOE grid study

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State renewable portfolio standards

We’ve previously reported on the economic and environmental benefits state renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) create. In short, RPS are powerful job creators, can lead to lower electricity prices, help clean our air, and usually more than pay for themselves. Now, a new video series puts real-world faces to these benefits. The mini-documentaries examine Washington state’s … Continue reading State renewable portfolio standards

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Wind energy saves up to 12,000 lives, $108 billion in health costs

We often write about the economic benefits of wind power. But a new report released this week reveals that wind is not just a low-cost energy source that’s supporting over 100,000 American jobs – it’s also saving lives and billions of dollars in health costs. In short, wind literally keeps Americans out of the hospital … Continue reading Wind energy saves up to 12,000 lives, $108 billion in health costs

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Wind energy helps California power through drought

During my summer internship with AWEA, I discovered that the power sector withdraws more water than any other sector in the U.S. This fact hits me where I live – I’m from the California Bay Area, and I watched our lakes, rivers and snow packs shrink during the 2011-2017 drought. Water security is a serious … Continue reading Wind energy helps California power through drought

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Best moments from the first #AmericanWindWeek

Thank you to the many people and organizations who helped make the first #AmericanWindWeek a resounding success! Across the country, thousands of supporters chimed in on social media and told us why they think wind energy is an American success story. On the ground, we had wind farm tours and open houses in states like … Continue reading Best moments from the first #AmericanWindWeek

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Houston Offshore Wind Summit: Charting a path for success

American offshore wind is continuing its forward momentum: More than 350 offshore energy services and manufacturing pros gathered at the Offshore Wind Executive Summit in Houston, Texas last week. Their goal: charting a path to tap into America’s strengths and knowledge, and use them to build offshore wind energy infrastructure for this growing industry. The … Continue reading Houston Offshore Wind Summit: Charting a path for success

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First American Wind Week celebrates U.S. leadership

Aug. 7-12 marked the first American Wind Week, when businesses, schools and communities celebrated America’s global leadership in wind power. As part of American Wind Week, our companies —  Blattner Energy and Anderson Trucking Service — were excited to host a group of state and local lawmakers at the Blattner offices in Avon to share the success story that is … Continue reading First American Wind Week celebrates U.S. leadership

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Tri Global Energy maintains lead in Texas wind energy development projects

Tri Global Energy, the Dallas-based renewable energy company, has maintained its position as the leading developer of wind energy projects under construction in Texas, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter 2017 Market Report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the nation’s trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. Tri Global Energy … Continue reading Tri Global Energy maintains lead in Texas wind energy development projects

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