BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — Despite the rain, a group of dedicated workers put on harnesses and dangled from the Mount Hope Bridge Tuesday morning.
The stunt was part of a demonstration by members of WindWinRI, a program for highschoolers operated through the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, to show how a grant is helping the state’s economy.
Anyone who wants to work on an offshore wind farm or a bridge has to know how to rappel up and down with ropes and harnesses. The state recently provided WindWinRI grant money to train and certify 16 people through the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT).
“It’s a great opportunity for [recruits] to have that skill set. It’s a transferable skill – and just one of several that’s needed in this industry,” Executive Director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce Kristin Urbach said.
This week is also American Wind Week, which is a celebration of wind as a source of renewable energy. The American Wind Energy Association said the industry employs some 114,000 people.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— 2,000 New Mexicans are already employed in wind energy.
That is a fact Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was proud to share with students at ACE Leadership High School as she officially signed an American Wind Week proclamation.
Her goal is not about just sharing what is, but rather what is to come.
“We're going to talk to young people about what they're learning about wind energy and about making a difference in their careers and staying put,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Keeping New Mexico's young talent employed here at home is a big goal.
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“I was in Washington, D.C. with a wind tech from Iowa talking about the jobs and he corrected me. He said: ‘No, no, no. This isn’t just a job. This is a career,'” he said. “….We’re having, because of the training programs, more people stay in Iowa and rural America.”
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The bipartisan legislation would promote training opportunities, modernize the nation’s current wind technician workforce, and create a veterans-focused jobs program
WASHINGTON – As American Wind Week kicks off, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) has introduced bipartisan legislation to help incentivize and promote the development of wind power and wind jobs in Iowa and across the nation.
The Wind Workforce Modernization and Training Act would promote training opportunities for students, community colleges, and technical schools; facilitate the modernization of the current U.S. wind technician workforce; and create career pathways for veterans to more easily enter the wind workforce through the creation of a veterans-focused jobs program similar to the Solar Ready Vets program.
“Over the last few years, Iowa has become one of the nation’s leaders in developing and utilizing dependable wind energy through common sense incentives, creating thousands of good-paying jobs in our state,” said Senator Joni Ernst. “Communities around the country need look no further than Iowa to see the blueprint for making this green energy successful and reliable. I’m extremely proud to work across the aisle on this bipartisan legislation that will continue to incentivize wind energy job development and training, for everyone from our aspiring young students to our brave veterans, here in Iowa and around the nation.”
Read more at the full press release at ernst.senate.gov
This American Wind Week we’re celebrating the ways wind powers opportunity in all 50 states, including North Dakota, by creating jobs, investing billions of dollars in rural communities & providing support for schools, public safety & quality of life investments.
North Dakota is a national leader in wind energy, generating about 26% percent of its electricity from wind, the fourth highest in the USA! It now has over 3,000 MW of wind power and ranks 10th in the nation for installed capacity. Today, there are nearly 4,000 jobs related to wind in North Dakota as the result of $6.1 billion in wind investments. Additionally, North Dakota receives about $9.5 million in annual state and local tax payments, along with annual lease payments to ranchers and farmers totaling nearly $10 million dollars.
These are jobs in rural towns and offer young people rewarding careers without having to leave home. And schools like Lake Region State in Devils Lake are training the next generation of wind technicians, with sky-high placement rates for graduates. It’s not uncommon for a student to receive his or her diploma on a Friday and start the first day of work at a new job on Monday.
Read more at the full article on Minot Daily
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.