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Renewables on the grid: Putting the negative-price myth to bed

New, comprehensive analysis of electricity market price data confirms that renewable energy policies are not directly factored into electricity market prices. Three years ago, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) rebutted arguments that occurrences of negative prices at nuclear plants in Illinois were frequently caused by wind energy. That “compelling” data led FERC Commissioner John … Continue reading Renewables on the grid: Putting the negative-price myth to bed

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How to build and maintain wind farms

We’re right at summer’s midpoint, and news this time of year can be a little slow. But these warm weather months don’t mean a slow down for the men and women building and maintaining wind farms. The long days and clear skies have them forging ahead with new construction and routine upkeep. Here’s a trio … Continue reading How to build and maintain wind farms

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When wind turbines move to town

It wasn’t always the case, but nowadays rural places are often among those in greatest need of new economic development. Sadly, the farm belt and Rust Belt have been losing jobs and investment for decades. It will take significant change to raise up rural communities, including welcoming new opportunities like wind. Rural areas already are … Continue reading When wind turbines move to town

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North Carolina legislature fixes a wind farm problem that doesn’t exist

Acting against the interest of North Carolina job-seekers and businesses, last week state legislators placed a moratorium on new wind farm permits through 2018. The last-minute amendment to H 589, a wide ranging energy bill, will stop North Carolina from harvesting more homegrown wind power. The bill now awaits a final decision from North Carolina … Continue reading North Carolina legislature fixes a wind farm problem that doesn’t exist

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Massachusetts kicks off new ocean energy development process

Massachusetts electric distribution companies and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) just issued a joint request for proposals (RFP) for 400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind energy – the first request of its kind and a huge milestone of American offshore wind. The highly anticipated request follows a Massachusetts law passed last year calling … Continue reading Massachusetts kicks off new ocean energy development process

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An exclusive event is headed to the Northwest

The northwestern region of the United States is thriving. Utility resource planning and replacement power (from retiring power plants) is setting the region up for significant wind energy growth, on top of growing renewable portfolio standard demand from Oregon and Washington. To seize these growth opportunities the industry must lead important discussions and make critical … Continue reading An exclusive event is headed to the Northwest

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AWEA statement on White House Energy Week

The following is a statement from Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on President Trump’s Energy Week remarks: “We support President Trump’s strategic vision to seek American energy dominance. The wind industry — America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity — stands ready to do our part implementing the President’s vision … Continue reading AWEA statement on White House Energy Week

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Ohio lawmakers fail to fix wind energy setback rule in budget

The Ohio House of Representatives has insisted upon removing an important fix to wind turbine setback policy from the state’s proposed biennial budget, after Senate lawmakers advanced a compromise measure last week. Adopted in 2014 with no public debate, Ohio’s current wind turbine setbacks are among the country’s most restrictive and have essentially functioned as … Continue reading Ohio lawmakers fail to fix wind energy setback rule in budget

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WINDPOWER 2017: A wind vet’s first trip to the big show

I’ve worked in the wind industry in one way or another for over a decade—but I’ve never been to WINDPOWER. I’ve spent my time in the field, building wind farms and climbing uptower for maintenance and repairs. Along with my day-to-day job as a wind tech in Milford, Utah, I’m also the founder of Tower … Continue reading WINDPOWER 2017: A wind vet’s first trip to the big show

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U.S. Conference of Mayors passes 100 percent renewable resolution

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, a bipartisan group representing 1,400 mayors across the country, just adopted a resolution to encourage cities to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. The move follows big 100 percent renewable announcements in recent months from cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Portland, Ore., and Salt Lake City. Many smaller municipalities, … Continue reading U.S. Conference of Mayors passes 100 percent renewable resolution

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Wind energy remains popular among Americans of all political stripes

It’s no surprise that the popularity of wind energy continues to grow in the United States. A new report from the National Surveys on Energy and Environment once again shows that Americans want more wind energy. An overwhelming 83 percent of survey respondents support increasing the use of wind energy in their state. The more … Continue reading Wind energy remains popular among Americans of all political stripes

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Unlocking Ohio wind energy resources a multi-billion dollar opportunity for the state

Ohio Senate lawmakers today advanced an important fix to wind turbine setback policy in the state’s proposed biennial budget. The state’s setback policy, among the most restrictive in the nation, has effectively stopped new wind power development – and the jobs that come along with it – since passing in 2014. “The Ohio Senate took … Continue reading Unlocking Ohio wind energy resources a multi-billion dollar opportunity for the state

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May cooler heads prevail in debate over renewable energy’s role in providing clean electricity

While articles in the academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences don’t often provoke bitter fights on the pages of major newspapers, that was the case for an academic study about renewable energy published earlier this week. The article was authored by 21 energy experts, many of whom previously published articles showing large … Continue reading May cooler heads prevail in debate over renewable energy’s role in providing clean electricity

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Adding renewables keeps the lights on and money in America’s pockets

Yesterday, a new report from Analysis Group reconfirmed an important point: adding renewable energy to America’s electricity grid strengthens reliability and saves consumers money. AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan penned a column in the Huffington Post explaining some of Analysis Group’s findings. Here are a few highlights: Although some commentators have raised concerns that the declining … Continue reading Adding renewables keeps the lights on and money in America’s pockets

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Cheap gas, not renewables, primarily depressing power prices

Last week, the electric grid operator for the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes states (PJM) proposed a reform to its energy market rules to address concerns that prices are too low. There has been some confusion regarding why PJM felt the reform was necessary, with some incorrectly claiming it was primarily caused by renewable energy or … Continue reading Cheap gas, not renewables, primarily depressing power prices

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No evidence that changing power mix endangers electric system reliability

A new report by Analysis Group answers questions asked two months ago by Energy Secretary Rick Perry about the reliability and market rules of the U.S. electric power grid. Analysis Group finds it is market forces – primarily low-cost natural gas and flat demand for electricity – that are causing some coal and nuclear power plants … Continue reading No evidence that changing power mix endangers electric system reliability

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Global Wind Day 2017: Photo contest winners

In celebration of Global Wind Day, the Global Wind Energy Council announced the winners of its photo contest earlier today. The winners took some seriously impressive shots. Here are the photos that came out on top, along with a description of their subjects: “A unique, first of its kind 73.2 MW wind farm on a … Continue reading Global Wind Day 2017: Photo contest winners

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Global Wind Day: wind power companies have come a long way

Susy Bento is a Marketing Specialist at Alcen Renewable. June 15, 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the first ever Wind Day, a moment to celebrate wind as a renewable energy source. Since that initial celebration, Wind Day (now called Global Wind Day) has become a worldwide holiday. Every year, hundreds of events are held … Continue reading Global Wind Day: wind power companies have come a long way

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Why does wind power bring this Ohio farmer to tears?

Ohio lawmakers are currently considering a measure that could transform the state’s rural communities, and last week they heard powerful testimony from those who will be directly impacted. Fixing Ohio’s wind turbine setbacks Let’s go back to 2014. That year, the state legislature adopted onerous wind energy setbacks, without accepting public comment or having any … Continue reading Why does wind power bring this Ohio farmer to tears?

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Bringing economic development to those who need it most

It’s no secret that many Americans live in communities that need new economic development—we saw this play a huge role in the last election. Americans on both sides of the aisle agree that everyone should have an opportunity for economic prosperity. The path to achieving this, though, has been widely debated. Politicians have suggested increasing … Continue reading Bringing economic development to those who need it most

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