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A new way to visualize the wind energy tax credit

An AWEA guest blog by Jason Dedrick, associate professor, Syracuse University The question of whether the federal government should support wind energy has been debated since the Production Tax Credit (PTC) was created in 1992. The credit has been allowed to expire five times, most recently at the end of 2013. This year, President Obama’s

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U.S. wind industry breaking electricity grid records, thanks to transmission upgrades and new project development

Wind energy is breaking records across the U.S., thanks to long-needed transmission upgrades that are relieving congestion on the power grid and allowing more clean energy to reach consumers. Last week, a new record was set in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), reaching over 10,000 MW of wind. This was the most ever


American wind power reaches major power generation milestones in 2013

American wind power topped 4% of the U.S. power grid for the first time last year and has delivered 30% of all new generating capacity for the last five years. In Iowa and South Dakota, wind power now exceeds 25% of total electricity production. In nine states it provided more than 12% and in 17

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Supreme Court rules in favor of the wind industry

Recently, the Supreme Court refused to hear and therefore upheld the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on grid cost-allocation in the Midwest. AWEA responded with this statement to the news. “We are pleased that the Supreme Court declined to review the ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that transmission upgrades

At the end of 2013 there were more U.S. wind power megawatts under construction than ever in history:

U.S. wind industry fourth quarter 2013 market report

At the end of 2013 there were more U.S. wind power megawatts under construction than ever in history: Over 12,000 MW of new generating capacity was under construction, with a record-breaking 10,900 MW starting construction activity during the fourth quarter. At least 60 PPAs for nearly 8,000 MW were signed by utilities and corporate purchasers,

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Wind Industry CEO Tom Kiernan joins Electric Power Executive Roundtable

Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), becomes the latest energy executive to confirm his participation in the annual Executive Roundtable, which takes place as part of the 16th annual ELECTRIC POWER conference and exposition held April 1-3 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Kiernan joins four other

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American wind power sees unprecedented growth entering 2014

Largest-ever crop of wind farms under construction, building U.S. industry’s momentum The American wind energy industry responded to the extension of the Production Tax Credit in 2013 by starting construction on an historic and unprecedented number of new wind farms, backed by Power Purchase Agreements with electric utilities on a record scale by the close


AWEA exec discusses why you should attend next week’s Wind Project O&M and Safety Seminar

I’m Nic Sharpley, managing editor of Windpower Engineering & Development magazine. Welcome to another edition of Wind Talk, our podcast series that gives you the opportunity to hear from the industry’s newsmakers in their own words. Today, we have Michele Mihelic, Director of Worker Health and Safety Policy, and Standards Development at AWEA. Michele is

Vestas' Ennis: Union of Concerned Scientists took a look at 14 states, and in 13 of them, consumer costs did not rise by more than 1%. So the RPS’ have been bringing huge amounts of power on line and cost effectively. (The wind farm is on Ohau.)

Defending RPSs and driving demand for a new wind vision

Panelists had a lot to say at the recent AWEA Fall Symposium. The first session dealt with ides for driving demand for wind power, such as lower generation costs, wind power as a natural hedge against rising natural-gas prices, and competition as a way to generate more renewable energy. The panel chaired by Robert Crowell,

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Shermco Industries hosts opening reception and presents at 2014 AWEA Operations, Maintenance & Safety Conference

To kick off the 2014 AWEA Operations, Maintenance & Reliability Seminar, held Jan. 15 to16, 2014 in San Diego, Calif., Shermco Industries, an AWEA Mega Watt-sponsor, will host an opening-night reception. Networking and refreshments will be enjoyed at the conclusion of the first day’s sessions, from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Hotel del Coronado.