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


Bipartisan set of governors urge Congress to pass policy certainty to avoid job loss

Republican and Democrat governors pressed U.S. Senate and House leadership yesterday to extend critically important tax incentives used to grow wind energy and keep good-paying manufacturing jobs here at home. Washington Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee and Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, co-signed a letter


WINDPOWER 2015 wraps up in Orlando

As WINDPOWER 2015 wraps up in Orlando, the overall message from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is one of urgency for continued wind advocacy. The industry has come a long way if the technology on the show floor was any indication (there were data-collecting drones, various predictive wind software options, unique cordless tools, and

Wednesday's keynote, Jonah Berger.

AWEA WINDPOWER 2015 Day 3 in review

Floor traffic still seemed modest in the middle day (Wednesday) of the show but exhibitors seemed content that the right people were walking the aisles. The day started with a keynote presentation by college professor at the Wharton School of Business and author of the book Contagious: How things catch on, Jonah Berger. His message


American wind power at “transformational point in time” as industry attempts to meet Wind Vision 

Coming off a year in which the industry added 23,000 jobs and put $23 billion of private investment behind 100 wind projects, new AWEA Board Chair Mike Garland declared it’s time for the industry to start flexing its muscle. “From the smallest companies to the largest, we have a shared responsibility to make this vision