AWEA WINDPOWER 2016, May 23 to 26, New Orleans, Louisiana

Our industry just had one of the most active quarters in U.S. wind energy history, with 5,000 MW of capacity added in the last quarter and a strong year overall, totaling nearly 8,600 MW, according to the latest AWEA Fourth Quarter 2015 Market Report. The future looks even brighter. Driven by the combined impact of

First quarter results: American wind power hits the ground running

American wind power had its most productive first quarter for installations since 2012, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported, as demand rises for wind’s low-cost, zero-carbon energy. Wind added 520 megawatts (MW) of new electric generating capacity to the power grid from January through March, according to AWEA’s U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2016

This is Generation Wind: A sneak peak at WINDPOWER 2016

May 23 to 26, 2016 Ernest N. Morial Convention Center New Orleans, Louisiana www.windpowerexpo.org   Wind produced over 190 million megawatt-hours of power in the United States last year, and the country continues to hold number one spot in the world for wind energy production. Driven by recent tax credit extensions and upgraded transmission infrastructure,

U.S. wind power jobs hit record, up 20% in 2016

American wind power supported a record 88,000 jobs at the start of 2016 — an increase of 20% in a year — according to the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2015, released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Strong job growth coincided with wind ranking number one as America’s leading source

Big brands and other emerging customers signed for more than half of new wind-power capacity contracted in 2015

Major brands and other emerging non-utility customers signed 52%, or 2,074 MW, of the wind-power capacity contracted through power purchase agreements (PPA) in 2015. Customers driving this new demand for wind energy include Fortune 500 companies behind household brands, like Tide and Downy, high-tech companies, universities, and major U.S. cities. This non-traditional customer class contracted

Political and industry leaders map path to low-carbon future

The real work of translating Canada’s climate change goals into concrete and effective actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has brought together key political and wind-energy industry leaders at CanWEA’s annual Spring Forum, being held this week at the Hilton Lac Leamy Hotel in the National Capital Region. The day-and-a-half event kicked off with an opening

AWEA CEO statement on U.S. and China decision to sign climate accord

The United States and China issued a joint statement announcing the two nations will sign the Paris Agreement, last year’s international agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions, on Friday, April 22 (this Earth Day). AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan reacted with the following statement: “This historic announcement shows the U.S. is in the market for climate solutions

AWEA: $7.3 billion in public health savings seen in 2015 from wind energy cutting air pollution

U.S. wind farms reduced electric power sector carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 132 million metric tons in 2015, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) forthcoming annual U.S. wind industry market report. Those avoided emissions are equal to that from 28 million cars, or more than 6% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from

Wind power pays $222 million a year to rural landowners

U.S. wind farms now pay $222 million dollars a year to farming families and other rural landowners, according to new data released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today, with more than $156 million dollars going to landowners in counties with below average incomes. Wind energy generation saves about 226 gallons of water for

Opportunities for women in wind power on the rise

As wind power ramps up, installing more new electricity generating capacity than other energy source last year, so are new opportunities for jobs and leadership positions for women in the U.S. wind energy industry. These changes will be reflected at this year’s WINDPOWER 2016 in New Orleans from May 23 to May 26, as women increasingly