AWEA: North Carolina legislature fixes a wind-farm problem that doesn’t exist

Last week North Carolina state legislators placed a moratorium on new wind farm permits through 2018. The last-minute amendment to H 589, a wide ranging energy bill, will stop North Carolina from harvesting more homegrown wind power. The bill now awaits a final decision from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. “We’re calling on Governor Cooper to

AWEA statement on White House Energy Week

The following is a statement from Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on President Trump’s Energy Week remarks: “We support President Trump’s strategic vision to seek American energy dominance. The wind industry — America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity — stands ready to do our part implementing the President’s vision to

Ohio lawmakers fail to fix wind setback rule in budget

The Ohio House of Representatives has insisted upon removing an important fix to wind-turbine setback policy from the state’s proposed biennial budget, after Senate lawmakers advanced a compromise measure last week. Adopted in 2014 with no public debate, Ohio’s current wind-turbine setbacks are among the country’s most restrictive and have essentially functioned as a ban

Unlocking Ohio wind resources a multi-billion dollar opportunity for the state

Ohio Senate lawmakers advanced an important fix to wind-turbine setback policy in the state’s proposed biennial budget. The state’s setback policy, among the most restrictive in the nation, has effectively stopped new wind-power development – and the jobs that come along with it – since passing in 2014. “The Ohio Senate took a stand for

New report: No evidence that changing power mix endangers reliability of electric system

A new report by Analysis Group answers questions asked two months ago by Energy Secretary Rick Perry about the reliability and market rules of the U.S. electric power grid. Analysis Group finds it is market forces – primarily low-cost natural gas and flat demand for electricity – that are causing some coal and nuclear power plants

Industries urge Nevada’s Governor to transform to a clean-energy economy

National business groups representing the geothermal, solar, and wind-power industries sent a letter to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval asking him to sign bill AB206, expanding the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 40% renewable energy by 2030. “Our organizations represent thousands of leading renewable energy companies in the United States who have invested billions of dollars

WINDPOWER 2017 closes with an eye on 2020

American wind power’s future growth will be driven by a diverse range of customers and trends. Leaders representing a corporate purchaser, deregulated utility, a public utility commissioner, and a wind developer, discussed a few of those trends – demand from diverse customers, transmission expansion, falling costs, and storytelling – on the closing General Session panel

Xcel Energy CEO: Wind energy saves customers billions, maintains grid reliability

One of the nation’s leading utilities integrating wind energy onto its system reaffirmed on the second day of WINDPOWER 2017 that wind helps sustain grid reliability while saving its consumers money. Addressing over 7,000 attendees, Xcel Energy’s CEO Ben Fowke recommitted the utility’s investment in wind energy as a low-cost way to help keep the

Industry asserts ‘brand new attitude’ at WINDPOWER 2017

U.S. wind industry leaders and the leader of the California Senate described the mounting economic benefits of increased wind power as thousands arrived in Anaheim for the American Wind Energy Association’s annual WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition. “With wind’s success comes new and solvable challenges. Management of the grid needs to evolve to meet these challenges,” said

Tristan Grimbert of EDF Renewable Energy elected to chair of AWEA board

The Board of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) elected Tristan Grimbert of EDF Renewable Energy its chair today as thousands of developers, manufacturers, and suppliers headed to the largest gathering of the wind energy industry in the Western Hemisphere. “As we return to California, birthplace of utility-scale wind power, we’re bringing a brand new