An open house Friday at Mesalands Community College's North American Wind Research and Training Center drew students, national wind energy industry leaders and elected officials to commemorate American Wind Week.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) sponsored the open house as one of a series of events commemorating American Wind Week at different locations across the U.S., including Cleveland, Ohio; Orlando, Florida: and Portland, Oregon.
A ribbon-cutting for a new wind energy development in Grady was another wind energy week event.
Participants toured the wind energy center and got a glimpse of the Mesalands wind turbine's interior at ground level after gathering to hear talks by wind training center leaders, local and regional elected officials and new Mesalands president John Groesbeck. They also viewed video programs produced by the American Wind Energy Association that featured the wind turbine generator at Mesalands and several "wind farms" in eastern New Mexico.
Read more at the full article at Quay County Sun.
EVERLY — Sen. Charles Grassley was named a U.S. Wind Champion for the 115th Congress by the American Wind Energy Association at an event hosted by Alliant Energy. AWEA is presenting U.S. Wind Champion Awards to select members of the 115th Congress who have taken action in support of American wind energy. The award ceremony was a highlight of American Wind Week, August 5-11, a national celebration of U.S. leadership in wind power.
“It’s an honor to receive this award from America’s leading wind energy advocates. Wind is a critical part of our nation’s all-of-the-above energy strategy. It creates thousands of jobs, generates billions of dollars across Iowa and the nation, it’s safe for the environment and it helps ensure American energy independence,” Grassley said. “Wind is an efficient, cost-effective energy alternative. I’m proud to support wind energy and I’ll continue to do what I can in the Senate to help it grow and flourish.”
“The customers and communities we serve directly benefit from wind,” said Patricia Kampling, chairman and CEO of Alliant Energy. “In Iowa, we’re spending around $2 billion on new wind through 2020 that will provide economic benefits for decades to come. We thank Senator Grassley for his leadership in growing Iowa’s wind energy economy.”
Read more at the full article at The Messenger.
NEAR MERRICOURT, N.D.—Dickey County resident Lorraine Pahl said the new wind farm under construction in the area will mean good things for her family and the area. The groundbreaking for the Foxtail Wind Farm Thursday was about 1 mile from land that has been in her family since it was homesteaded more than a century ago.
"This is a positive for the community and one way to keep land in the family," she said, "and the road they'll build up will make it easier to get to the land in the wet years."
Xcel Energy officials gathered with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., crews from Wanzek Construction and local residents for a symbolic groundbreaking. Foxtail Wind Farm will include 75 turbines with 150 megawatts of generating capacity.
Read more at the full article at The Jamestown Sun.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has named Senator Heitkamp a U.S. Wind Champion for the 115th Congress at an August 8 event hosted by Geronimo Energy and Xcel Energy at the Courtenay Wind Farm in North Dakota. AWEA is presenting U.S. Wind Champion Awards to select members of the 115th Congress who have taken action in support of American wind energy. The award ceremony is a highlight of American Wind Week, August 5 to 11, a national celebration of U.S. leadership in wind power.
“North Dakota is an example of what can happen when you harness a true all-of-the-above energy strategy, which includes renewable energies like wind that supports thousands of good jobs across our state while powering homes and businesses here and in states across the region,” said U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp.
“I’m proud to have worked to successfully extend the wind energy tax credit back in 2015 to support wind energy development and jobs across our state, and it’s an honor to receive this award today. Wind energy is one of many resources I’ll continue to advocate for. But the ones really who deserve to be acknowledged are those who go to work manufacturing the turbines, constructing the wind farms, and maintaining the wind energy supply and of course the farmers and ranchers who host these turbines on their land,” she added.
Read more at the full article at Windpower Engineering & Development.
We’re almost through the 2nd annual American Wind Week (August 5th-11th)! Supporters of wind energy across the U.S. launched American Wind Week last year when wind power became the country’s largest source of renewable energy capacity. Today, that leadership is growing with a record amount of wind power under construction at wind farms across America.
... For America’s Wind Week, we recognize that New York State is in on the wind power trend, ranking 14th in the country for installed capacity of wind energy. The Empire State has 1,052 towers spinning now (27 projects) and 148 megawatts (MW) under construction. Our biggest wind farm is Maple Ridge, with 195 turbines, and the newest is Arkwright Summit, located in Chautauqua County with 36 new turbines. In the Town of Denmark, the Copenhagen Wind Project is now under construction and should be making its own pollution-free energy by November 2018. New York’s wind energy needs to grow to achieve the 2030 goal of 50 percent renewable energy, and beyond.
Read more at the full article at REVE.
In 2016 nearly 15% of the total U.S. generation mix was renewable energy and it continues to grow. In 2018 alone this shift in trend showed that 60% of new installed generation capacity, or new builds, were renewable energy focused (solar, wind and hydro) and 19% of the existing installed generation capacity.
Wind energy is one segment of that market which is helping to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future and economy. This abundant natural resource has spurred an innovative industry that includes jobs in manufacturing, project development, operations, technology and maintenance.
Over the last four years, the wind energy sector has grown an average of 10% annually, creating jobs at a rate 21% times faster than that of the rest of the U.S. economy. This is evident in research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics which states that wind turbine service technicians is one of the fastest growing jobs in America now through 2026. Also, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has reported that over the last decade this industry has invested an average of $14 billion annually in new wind projects, which is helping to meet present and future energy needs, while balancing critical climate related issues.
... Bank of America’s commitment to the wind energy industry has come to life through notable projects and partnerships across the country. Working with clients like EDF Renewables North America is helping to ensure the proliferation of wind power – one of the most valuable natural energy resources – which continues to be a leading energy source and driver of a more sustainable economy and energy platform.
Read more at the article at Bank of America.
U.S. wind power fuels economic growth and jobs — in addition to providing a clean, reliable energy source — thanks to our world-class wind resource and the latest innovations in big data and power engineering. This week marks American Wind Week, a time when we recognize the significant contributions wind power has made throughout the country.
Blattner Energy, an Avon-based company that has built more wind farms than any other contractor throughout North America, is proud to be a part of these contributions. As part of American Wind Week, Blattner is hosting an engaging group of local and state lawmakers at our corporate office to discuss how the success of wind power is impacting Central Minnesota and the state, as well as its future growth.
Wind is the number one source of renewable energy capacity in the country, and wind technicians are one of the fastest growing professions. Wind power supports 105,000 jobs in farm, factory and port communities in all 50 states,and more than 500 American factories are part of the industry’s supply chain, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
Read more at the full article at the St. Cloud Times.
In 2017, wind energy grew faster in New Mexico than in any other state. Now, the Land of Enchantment has 17 wind projects, 1,005 total turbines, and at least seven additional projects either under development or under construction. The state currently produces enough wind energy to power more than 420,000 homes.
Besides industry growth, New Mexico also exemplifies what wind energy can do for rural economic development and opportunity.
Halfway between Albuquerque, N.M., and Amarillo, Texas on Route 66, the rural community of Tucumcari, N.M. is making its mark on the wind industry.
The small city of just 5,000 residents is home to Mesalands Community College and its Wind Energy Technology Program. The college hosts one of the only wind technician programs in the country with an actual turbine on campus – a huge advantage for students to gain hands-on experience.
Read more at the full article at REVE.
COURTENAY, N.D.— The winds are blowing some good things to the community of Courtenay, according to Darold Soupir, an area farmer.
"Look at it," he said. "There are about 40 people in the community but there is a lot going on."
The most visible thing happening is the construction of the new community hall. The project has an estimated cost of about $230,000, not including volunteer labor, and was made possible with community funds provided by Geronimo Energy, the developer of the Courtenay Wind Farm project.
The construction of the community hall and the wind farm in general were celebrated by local residents and wind industry officials Wednesday. The event included the presentation of a 2018 Wind Champion Award from the American Wind Energy Association to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., for her efforts in promoting wind energy in the past.
"The community fund is $40,000 per year for 20 years," Soupir said. "That's the reason the community center is going up. It's a big boost to the community."
Read more at the full article at the Jamestown Sun.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has named Representative Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., as a US Wind Champion for his role in shaping US leadership in wind power.
Blumenauer was recognised for his support for wind energy at an event on 7th August by Avangrid Renewables, during American Wind Week. AWEA is presenting the awards to select members of the 115th Congress who have taken action in support of American wind energy. The award ceremony is a highlight of American Wind Week, which is taking place currently until 11th August and acts as a national celebration of US leadership in wind power.
“Wind energy powers homes, reduces carbon pollution, and creates jobs in rural communities - and the Pacific Northwest is leading the way” said Rep. Blumenauer. “Now more than ever, we should be expanding access to clean energy sources that are affordable, efficient, and aid in our efforts to combat climate disruption. Our fight continues in Congress.”
Kevin Lynch, Avangrid Renewables’ managing director of external affairs praised Blumenauer’s efforts on behalf of the growing number of farmers, ranchers, and their families and communities who benefit from wind energy investments, stating that Avangrid Renewables is now running a growing network of wind farms thanks to his vision.
Read more at the full article at Renewable Energy Magazine.