AWEA report: Wind energy helps build a more reliable and balanced electricity portfolio

Earlier this year, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released a report that answered 15 of the most common questions about wind power, reliability, and the grid. Entitled, “Wind energy helps build a more reliable and balanced electricity portfolio,” the report is based on grid operators’ real-world experience integrating wind power and dozens of studies conducted by grid operators examining how higher


Wind industry and U.S. agencies team up for joint safety training

Professionals from across the wind industry were joined by government agency experts this week at a Suzlon training facility near Chicago for a battery of drills to promote safety in the fast-growing industry. Thirty-two safety professionals from two federal agencies – the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Department of


Officials highlight need for stable policy to continue growing wind energy

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz emphasized the need for stable policy for wind energy as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released data showing the cost of wind energy has fallen by nearly two-thirds over the last six years. “With declining costs and continued technological development, these reports demonstrate that wind power is a reliable


Wind energy a major solution under Clean Power Plan

According to AWEA, wind energy can provide a majority of the clean power that states will need to comply with the government’s new rule to reduce carbon pollution from electric power plants, U.S. industry leaders said today, and it can save consumers money doing so. “American wind power can do this,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO

There are now 67,870 MW of installed wind capacity in the U.S. and over 49,000 wind turbines online.

American wind power continues to ramp up in 2015

With 1,661 megawatts (MW) of newly installed wind turbines coming online during the second quarter of 2015 and more than 13,600 MW under construction, American wind power continues to increase its contribution to the U.S. electric power grid. The approval in May of Florida’s first purchase of wind energy, from a wind project in Oklahoma,


AWEA applauds strong bipartisan support for American wind power and renewable tax incentives

The American wind-energy industry praised members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee for voting overwhelmingly to extend over 50 tax policies through 2016, including the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that incentivize the building of more U.S. wind farms. The committee on a final vote of 23-3 reported out

Tri-State has a 20-year power purchase agreement to receive all the electricity and environmental attributes from the wind farm, which is jointly owned by Alliance Power of Littleton, Colo., and GE Energy Financial Services of Stamford, Conn.

Court decides Colorado renewable energy law constitutional, supports wind power

In a precedent-setting decision, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of Colorado’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), ruling that the state’s RPS does not impose unlawful regulations on out-of-state companies. In their written opinion, the judges determined that Colorado’s RPS would not harm interstate commerce. Current state law requires electric generators to ensure

Santa Isabel Wind project in Puerto Rico

EIA: wind most cost-effective option for Clean Power Plan compliance

Editor’s Note: AWEA recently released its report on the findings of EIA’s May 2015 “Analysis of the Impacts of the Clean Power Plan.” The introduction is presented here, interpreting what the analysis means for the future of the wind industry in the U.S. The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) analysis of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) represents


WoWE annual honors announced at WINDPOWER 2015

The winners of the Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Awards were announced at the annual luncheon held at AWEA’s WINDPOWER 2015 Conference in Orlando, FL. The awards put the spotlight on professionals at the pinnacle of the industry as well as on the up-and-coming next generation of leaders. All three winners provide examples of achievement,


Senate spending proposal would unfairly punish wind energy

Buried in a massive 2016 spending bill for energy and water programs are budget cuts for valuable research into wind energy that the U.S. Senate should restore, said the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, chaired by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), passed the spending bill including the