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

Energy policy leader Amy Farrell to take helm of government & public affairs for wind

Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), has announced that Amy L. Farrell — a strategist and expert in energy, environmental, and regulatory policy — has been named AWEA’s Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs. In this capacity, Farrell will oversee federal regulatory affairs, state policy, public affairs, and industry research. She

North Carolina becomes 41st state to host a utility-scale wind farm

Horace Pritchard, one of nearly 60 landowners associated with the North Carolina project explained what it means to him and his neighbors, “Farms have been growing corn, soybeans, and wheat for a long time here, and the wind farm revenue means a lot of families are protected from pricing swings, floods or droughts going forward.

American wind power reports best first quarter since 2009

America’s wind power workforce installed 908 utility-scale turbines in the first quarter of 2017, totaling 2,000 MW of capacity. This is the wind industry’s strongest start in eight years, according to a new report released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). “We switched on more megawatts in the first quarter than in the first

Industry groups ask for study of electricity markets to be “open and transparent” process

Three national business associations representing the wind, solar, and broad advanced energy industries have called on U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to “initiate a public process” to gather input to inform the 60-day study he has ordered on electricity markets and reliability. In a letter to Secretary Perry, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), the American

Penn State earns top honors at Collegiate Wind Competition 2017

Last week at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) near Boulder, Colorado, teams from 10 of the 12 universities that participated in the U.S Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 reconvened for a shot at taking home the top prize at the Collegiate Wind Competition 2017 Technical Challenge. The following teams participated in this year’s

Wind adds jobs over 9 times faster than the overall economy

American wind power added jobs over 9 times faster than the overall economy amid robust growth for another year.

Clean energy coalition supports proposed FERC revision of interconnection process

A coalition of clean energy groups voiced their support recently for proposed interconnection changes by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).