In August, people from all around the United States came together to celebrate American wind energy and the benefits it delivers to communities across the country.
Here are a few highlights:
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“We’re thrilled to partner with another renewable energy leader in Texas in Austin Energy, especially with one of our main U.S. offices based in the city,” said Silvis Ortin, COO North America. “E.ON and Austin Energy both have a long track record of investing in renewables in Texas, and we look forward to that continued growth in the state.”
Big Raymond Windfarm represents an investment of more than $500,000,000 in the South Texas region.
Read more at the full article at Windpower Engineering & Development
By Chuck Grassley U.S. Senator
... We must capitalize on every opportunity to cultivate new growth in our rural communities. One way is to harness the economic possibilities presented by wind energy. I’ve witnessed firsthand how the development of this renewable energy is doing just that. This week marks “American Wind Week” and I can think of no better state than Iowa to hold up as an example of what can happen when we embrace wind energy. Wind power has grown from humble beginnings in rural Iowa to a commonsense solution that the rest of the country looks to as a pathway forward for clean energy. Wind is a significant contributor to an all-of-the-above energy strategy that will help America meet its modern energy needs. It also leaves the door open for new innovation and job growth while providing affordable, sustainable and clean energy for generations to come.
The wind farms that punctuate Iowa’s landscape represent the innovation and enterprise that define the pioneering spirit of our state. Iowa ranks second in the nation in both wind power capacity and share of total electricity generation. Our emergence as a national wind energy leader has driven billions in investment and created thousands of new jobs in small towns across the state. In fact, there are now almost 10,000 Iowans employed by wind-related projects in Iowa.
Read more at the full article at the Daily Iowegian
This week is the third annual American Wind Week. Anne Reynolds, Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, stopped by to discuss how New York is fairing in the wind energy arena.
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Community leaders are excited to announce the Nebraska wind farm is set to open by November.
WAYNE, Neb. (KCAU) – A new 200 million dollar wind farm is now just a few months from opening near Wayne, Nebraska.
The groundbreaking for Sholes Wind Farm was in July of last year but after more than a year of construction, community leaders are excited to announce the Nebraska wind farm is set to open by November.
“The wind is in Nebraska it’s going to be here the question is are we going to take advantage of it I hope that we do,” said Hansen.
John Hanson is the president of Nebraska Farmer’s Union. He says he and many other area farmers are excited to have these wind towers on their land.
... “We know that Nebraska does have a very strong wind resource and we want to take advantage of all of those resources whether it’s solar wind and nuclear whatever we got,” said Mike Foley the Lieutenant Governor State of Nebraska.
The governor’s office was in Wayne to tour the wind farm in celebration of American wind week. People in Wayne saying this new wind farm also means some new opportunities for their small town.
Read more at the full article at SiouxLand Proud
Albany, NY – This August 11-17 marks the third annual American Wind Week, a national celebration of U.S. leadership in wind energy production that started in 2017 when wind became the country’s largest source of renewable electricity generating capacity. During Wind Week, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is holding dozens of events across the country and online with #AmericanWindWeek.
In New York, the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) is celebrating American Wind Week by releasing New York Celebrates Wind Week, which commemorates our recent tour for State legislators and staff held at the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lowville, NY.
Read more at the full press release at ACE NY
America. The plant employs more than 500 people who produce blades for wind turbines for use in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
... “Wind power is a crucial component of an all-of-the-above energy strategy and supports Arkansas jobs,” said Senator Boozman, “Our national energy strategy must include developing and expanding renewable sources of energy in order to address our current and future needs.”
He added: “We continue to make advancements in these areas and I support smart, responsible approaches that broaden our capability to harness these resources to create new forms of sustainable energy.”
Read more at the full article at Windpower Engineering & Development
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, touring El Cabo Wind Farm near Encino on Tuesday, says wind farms are bringing good jobs and clean energy to New Mexico. (Theresa Davis/Albuquerque Journal)
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland traded in D.C. business attire for a hard hat, safety glasses and a climbing harness to scale the inside of a 250-foot tall wind turbine tower in Torrance County.
“Anyone who doesn’t want wind energy should come out here and see for themselves how sensible it is,” Haaland said after standing on top of the turbine. “This wind farm is not disrupting the land. It brings good jobs and lots of tax revenue to these communities.”
Haaland toured El Cabo Wind Plant near Encino on Tuesday as part of American Wind Week.
The Department of Energy reported that in 2017, wind contributed 14% of New Mexico’s electricity generation. American Wind Energy Association data shows that in 2018, wind grew to 18.7% of the state’s electricity generation. New Mexico is third in the nation for wind energy development – behind Texas and Wyoming – according to the AWEA second quarter report published earlier this month.
Read more at the full article at the Albuquerque Journal
"Wind energy supplies about 26% of our electricity in North Dakota, which is the fourth-highest percentage in the United States," said North Dakota Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford.
The Foxtail Wind Project, which costs an estimated $200 million, began construction in Dickey County in May 2018 and is projected to be fully in service next month. The project includes 75 Vestas wind turbines and is the company's third project in the state, coming as an effort from Xcel Energy to reduce carbon emissions in the Upper Midwest by 80% by 2030.
Read more at the full article at Williston Herald
Tenaska, Allete to contribute a combined $300,000 to fund over a 20-year period to be used to benefit the townships where the 150-megawatt wind farm is located. The townships include Bloom, Larkin, Lismore, Leota, Summit Lake and Wilmont.
WILMONT — With construction officially under way on a new 250-megawatt wind farm in northern Nobles County, the Nobles 2 Power Partners — comprised of affiliates Tenaska and Allete — has announced the creation of a community fund into which the partners will pay $300,000 over a 20-year period.
The announcement was made Monday evening during a picnic with landowners in the Wilmont city park. Its establishment will coincide with the completion of the project in 2020, with the first $15,000 payment made to the fund in 2021.
“The money will be used to support initiatives that will benefit the communities in the project area — the townships of Bloom, Larkin, Lismore, Leota, Summit Lake and Wilmont,” announced Scott Seier, vice president of strategic development and acquisitions for Tenaska. “Details on how organizations can apply for funds will be publicized once that first payment is made.”
Monday’s picnic with landowners was in conjunction with American Wind Week, a week set aside to celebrate the benefits of wind power, Seier said.
Read more at the full article at The Globe