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Jeff Bezos made headlines by smashing a bottle of champagne to launch Amazon Wind Farm Texas

This week Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made headlines by smashing a bottle of champagne to launch Amazon Wind Farm Texas, one of the company’s 18 clean energy projects to date. Press play on the video below to see Bezos in action.   It’s a fantastic visual, and here at Into the Wind we had some … Continue reading Jeff Bezos made headlines by smashing a bottle of champagne to launch Amazon Wind Farm Texas

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Would extra payments to coal and nuclear really solve any problem with the grid?

Does the latest push for extra payments to coal and nuclear electric generators really reflect a problem with the grid, or is it a “solution” to the “problem” of cheap electricity? Two weeks ago the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was given a tight, 60-day timeline to act “before the winter heating season begins so … Continue reading Would extra payments to coal and nuclear really solve any problem with the grid?

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Family and friends of Tom Gray gather in Vermont this weekend for memorial

This weekend, a memorial service will be held to remember a much-beloved man here at the American Wind Energy Association and in his home state of Vermont: Tom Gray, wind pioneer, early Executive Director of our association, and later our Communications Director and editor of this blog. Tom passed away in August after a fall … Continue reading Family and friends of Tom Gray gather in Vermont this weekend for memorial

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Amazon’s largest wind farm yet is up

Greenpeace slammed Amazon earlier this week for its environmental practices — namely, the fact that it doesn’t disclose much about its energy use or materials. But today, the company announced that its largest wind farm yet is up and running. The Amazon Wind Farm Texas, located in Scurry County, Texas, includes over 100 turbines and … Continue reading Amazon’s largest wind farm yet is up

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Wind Energy Fall Symposium

Next month, the wind industry will head back to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the annual Wind Energy Fall Symposium. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to network with leaders in the wind energy industry, and to participate in the strategic planning of the next three years. This year’s event will provide attendees with: Actionable takeaways on how … Continue reading Wind Energy Fall Symposium

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Understanding the economic benefits of wind power: A conversation with Tom Kiernan

American wind power is increasingly becoming an economic driver for the U.S. economy and is on track to meet 10 percent of our energy needs by 2020. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) for an interesting discussion on the growing industry. This … Continue reading Understanding the economic benefits of wind power: A conversation with Tom Kiernan

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Fish feeding frenzy at Block Island wind farm

A few weeks ago, we reported on recent findings that offshore wind turbines create new habitats for fish and other marine life by acting as artificial reefs. And these are big homes– a single wind turbine can support up to four metric tons of shellfish. Now we have photo evidence of the phenomenon. Last week, … Continue reading Fish feeding frenzy at Block Island wind farm

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Wind energy to overtake coal power in Texas

Wind energy is expected to overtake coal in Texas after Friday’s news that two large coal-fired power plants are set to close in the next year. The utility firm Luminant announced that it would close the Sandow Power Plant and the Big Brown Power Plant in early 2018. The power plants comprise 2,300 megawatts of … Continue reading Wind energy to overtake coal power in Texas

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Hurricane update: Small-scale wind to aid Puerto Rico

Much of Puerto Rico remains in the dark after Hurricane Maria, which destroyed most of the island’s electric grid. Now, in an effort to get the lights back on, the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) is organizing an effort to send microgrids and small-scale wind turbines to the island. “U.S. manufacturers, financiers, and system integrators … Continue reading Hurricane update: Small-scale wind to aid Puerto Rico

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AWEA launches new campaign “Take Time to Take Care”

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has launched a new campaign “Take Time to Take Care” with wind turbine technician safety in mind. “Safety training and awareness campaigns are top priorities for us,” said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan. “We are pleased to announce AWEA’s 3rd annual October safety campaign ‘Take Time to Take Care.’ Focusing … Continue reading AWEA launches new campaign “Take Time to Take Care”

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#DroneWeek: Celebrating a new tool and incredible imagery

GE launched #DroneWeek a few days ago, which makes it a great time to take a look at a powerful new tool used by more and more of the wind industry. Drones have become an increasingly popular way to inspect wind turbine blades and perform other maintenance. They give wind techs up close looks at … Continue reading #DroneWeek: Celebrating a new tool and incredible imagery

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USTDA supporting the development of an offshore wind farm in Jamaica

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) supporting the development of an offshore wind farm in Jamaica.  The feasibility study will evaluate the viability of installing the wind farm, which would represent one of the first offshore wind installations in Jamaica and the greater Caribbean region. … Continue reading USTDA supporting the development of an offshore wind farm in Jamaica

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No impacts on tourism from Maryland offshore wind energy

Earlier this year, Maryland greenlit two offshore wind projects that would establish the state as a clear leader of this new ocean energy resource. Since then, some observers have expressed concern that the wind farms could impact tourism in Ocean City, where the turbines would be slightly visible from the shore. But a new study … Continue reading No impacts on tourism from Maryland offshore wind energy

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EPA Chief Calls for Ending Wind Energy Tax Credits to Help Coal Survive

Tax incentives for the wind industry should be eliminated, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday. “I would do away with these incentives that we give to the wind industry,” Pruitt said, responding to a question about the effectiveness of renewable energy at an event held at the Kentucky Farm Bureau on Monday. “I’d … Continue reading EPA Chief Calls for Ending Wind Energy Tax Credits to Help Coal Survive

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Enel signs 330 million US dollar tax equity agreement for Thunder Ranch wind farm in the USA

Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), the U.S. renewable energy company of the Enel Group, acting through its subsidiary Thunder Ranch Wind Holdings, LLC (“Thunder Ranch Holdings”),1 has signed a tax equity agreement worth approximately 330 million U.S. dollars with the Alternative Energy Investing Group of Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) and GE Energy Financial … Continue reading Enel signs 330 million US dollar tax equity agreement for Thunder Ranch wind farm in the USA

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Dominion Energy Virginia to power new Facebook data center with renewable energy

Dominion Energy Virginia will add new solar generation to the power grid to serve a new state-of-the-art data center Facebook plans to build in suburban Richmond, Virginia. Facebook announced Thursday it has selected a location in eastern Henrico County as home to its eighth data center in the United States. This was made possible through … Continue reading Dominion Energy Virginia to power new Facebook data center with renewable energy

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Wind power and Made-in-America go hand in hand

The National Association of Manufacturers is celebrating National Manufacturing Day today, and American wind power is proud to contribute to the cause. Over 500 U.S. factories across 41 states build wind turbines and parts for them. More than 25,000 U.S. workers have wind manufacturing jobs today, and that number could grow by another 8,000 in … Continue reading Wind power and Made-in-America go hand in hand

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Take time to care campaign

Safety training and awareness campaigns are at the forefront of AWEA’s priorities, so we’re pleased to announce AWEA’s 3rd annual October safety campaign “Take Time to Take Care.” Focusing on soft tissue injury prevention, this year’s safety campaign addresses the importance to wind techs’ occupational health and safety of proper stretching and body positioning. We … Continue reading Take time to care campaign

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Thunder Ranch wind farm started last May in Oklahoma

Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), the U.S. renewable energy company of the Enel Group, acting through its subsidiary Thunder Ranch Wind Holdings, LLC (“Thunder Ranch Holdings”), has signed a tax equity agreement worth approximately 330 million U.S. dollars with the Alternative Energy Investing Group of Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) and GE Energy Financial … Continue reading Thunder Ranch wind farm started last May in Oklahoma

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Wind power competitive on reliability and resilience

Thanks to technological advances, wind turbine farms can now compete in markets to provide essential electric reliability services, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan explained in congressional testimony today at a hearing on grid reliability before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.   Grid reliability and resiliency are goals everyone can support. Prior … Continue reading Wind power competitive on reliability and resilience

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