AWEA WINDPOWER 2015 Conference & Exhibition

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AWEA’s statement on the Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review

Editor’s note: The Department of Energy released its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which explores options for modernizing the nation’s energy grid in a secure and cost-competitive manner. It also identifies vulnerabilities in the system and proposes policy recommendations and investments to replace and expand infrastructure where appropriate. Links to the review’s summary and full report

Ohio ranks number one in wind manufacturing facilities, while Colorado and Iowa lead with the most manufacturing jobs.

American wind energy rebounded in 2014; “wind rush” underway in Texas

American wind industry jobs and turbine deployment regained momentum heading into 2015, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported in releasing its 2014 results in the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report. The U.S. wind industry added 23,000 jobs in 2014, boosting the sector’s total to 73,000 jobs. 2015 began with 12,700 MW of wind

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Market grows for wind energy as leading U.S. brands lock in low prices

As the cost of wind energy has dropped by more than half in just five years, there has been a steady increase in U.S. businesses, governmental agencies, and universities making direct investments in wind power to lock in low prices and reduce their carbon footprints. “Successful brands and businesses increasingly see low-cost wind power as

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“Wind rush” underway across much of America as new turbines access higher wind speeds, opening new areas for development

Advanced wind turbines are accessing faster, steadier winds at higher altitudes, so they can generate more electricity, creating a modern-day “wind rush” as new areas in the Great Lakes states and the Southeastern U.S. become economical sites to develop more wind energy. “Wind turbine technology has advanced in just a few decades from the Model

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Wind and solar industries release handbook to help states use low-cost, reliable renewable energy for compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) have jointly published a handbook for states detailing how to incorporate renewable energy into state plans to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the proposed regulation to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants. “Wind energy already cuts power

Wind Vision describes a new scenario for wind to reach 10% by 2020, 20% by 2030, and 35% by 2050, and provides a roadmap for government and industry to get there.

Definitive new report shows wind energy can become one of America’s top electricity sources, while saving consumers money

Leaders of the U.S. wind energy industry said their companies and workers can deliver on a bold new vision for wind power to double in America over the next five years and, ultimately, become one of the country’s largest sources of electricity, with the savings to consumers reaching tens of billions of dollars a year.

AWEA Wind Project Siting Seminar 2015

Falconer and friend get ready to test Lauffer's radar. With sample signals, processing specialists might tell more about wildlife behavior over wind farms and from that, devise mitigation strategies.

Looking out for our avian neighbors

The wind industry gets little credit for its great effort to protect wildlife of all kinds, probably because the effort goes under reported. That work includes the radar detection of approaching birds, controls that change a turbine’s start and stop times, and more. Paul Dvorak, Editor The American Wind Energy Association acknowledges that eagle fatalities

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Wind was largest source of new electricity in 2014

American wind power added significantly more new electricity than any other resource in 2014, according to U.S. Department of Energy data. Wind power generated 4.4% of all the electricity in America in 2014 and maintained its position as the fifth largest electricity source in the U.S., according to the latest data from the U.S. Department