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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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General Motors to buy 200 megawatts of wind energy in Ohio, Illinois

Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC, a leading private investment firm focused on energy infrastructure, announced that an affiliate has signed a long-term renewable energy power purchase agreement with General Motors. General Motors will buy all of the clean energy generated by the Northwest Ohio Wind project, a 100 megawatt (MW) project owned by Starwood Energy … Continue reading General Motors to buy 200 megawatts of wind energy in Ohio, Illinois

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Kimberly-Clark to use wind energy from Oklahoma, Texas

Kimberly-Clark Corp. has purchase nearly 1 million megawatt hours of electricity from two new wind power projects in Oklahoma and Texas. The energy supplied through the agreement is about a third of the electricity needs of the manufacturing company’s North American operations and will allow the company to surpass its greenhouse gas reduction goal four … Continue reading Kimberly-Clark to use wind energy from Oklahoma, Texas

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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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EDF Renewable Energy Signs Agreement with Kimberly-Clark Corporation to Supply 120 Megawatts of Wind Energy

EDF Renewable Energy has signed an agreement to supply Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) with 120 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from the Rock Falls Wind Project in Oklahoma (total capacity 154 MW). The Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) is Kimberly-Clark’s first use of utility-scale renewable energy and will help Kimberly-Clark to surpass its 2022 commitment … Continue reading EDF Renewable Energy Signs Agreement with Kimberly-Clark Corporation to Supply 120 Megawatts of Wind Energy

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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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Siemens Gamesa to repower two wind farms in Texas

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been selected by NextEra Energy Resources to repower two wind farms in Texas. The newly repowered wind farms are expected to deliver up to 25% more annual energy production, boost reliability and efficiency, and extend service life. The two wind farms currently feature Siemens SWT-2.3-93 model turbines. The repowering … Continue reading Siemens Gamesa to repower two wind farms in Texas

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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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Texas Wind Turbines Survive Hurricane Harvey

Wind farms are generally engineered to withstand up to Category 3 hurricane-strength winds. Even though Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast as a Category 4, no wind turbines were destroyed by the storm’s winds. Why not? In coastal Texas, there are just over 2,000 megawatts of wind power capacity already installed. However, three projects representing … Continue reading Texas Wind Turbines Survive Hurricane Harvey

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Bipartisan legislation to bolster U.S. offshore wind energy

Try, try again. That could be the motto for a handful of U.S. senators supporting tax incentives to boost development of offshore wind power. After being tabled in the last three legislative sessions, Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have once again introduced the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act for the 2017-2018 session. … Continue reading Bipartisan legislation to bolster U.S. offshore wind energy

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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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Apple’s next US data center will run on 100% renewable energy

Apple announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center in Waukee, Iowa, to better serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services. Like all Apple data centers, the new facility will run entirely on renewable energy from day one. Apple’s investment of $1.3 billion will create over 550 … Continue reading Apple’s next US data center will run on 100% renewable energy

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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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Iowa’s wind energy paramount’ to Apple’s decision on new data centers

The chief executive of Apple today said his company would not have chosen Iowa as the site for two new data centers if the renewable energy from wind turbines hadn’t been available here. During an interview with Radio Iowa this afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook called renewable energy “paramount” to the decision. “For us, that’s kind of a gate. If we … Continue reading Iowa’s wind energy paramount’ to Apple’s decision on new data centers

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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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Starwood Energy Group closes sale of minority interest in two Texas wind farms

Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC, a leading private investment firm focused on energy infrastructure, announced that it has sold 49% of its interests in the Horse Creek and Electra wind farms to Munich Re Group, advised by its group-internal asset manager MEAG. Horse Creek and Electra, located in Haskell and Wilbarger Counties, Texas, are identical … Continue reading Starwood Energy Group closes sale of minority interest in two Texas wind farms

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