Economic Development News
Monday, August 06 2018
Wind power supporters organize nearly 30 events nationwide in recognition of U.S. leadership in wind power and its benefits
Washington, D.C. -- America celebrates U.S. leadership in wind energy production and the benefits it creates this week as American Wind Week 2018, August 5-11, officially kicks off. Wind power is an affordable, reliable and rapidly growing segment of the U.S. electricity supply that supports jobs in all 50 states. Those benefits help drive broad popular support for wind power, on display this week at nearly 30 events in over 15 states, on social media, and through proclamations from governors and mayors from Washington to Kansas and North Carolina.
“This American Wind Week, we salute the more than 105,000 U.S. workers who make it possible to transform the power of wind into affordable electricity that our families and businesses rely on,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “We’re building more U.S. wind power today than ever before. This is what leadership looks like – growing economic opportunity, homegrown energy, and cleaner air from sea to shining sea.”
Tuesday, May 08 2018
Largest wind and renewable energy event in Western Hemisphere opens Tuesday
Chicago, IL — WINDPOWER 2018 Conference and Exhibition, the largest wind and renewable energy event in the Western Hemisphere kicks off in Chicago tomorrow, and you can register for a livestream to hear industry leaders share what’s next for wind. The wind industry was founded on bold thinking and a long-term vision. Today, that innovative and entrepreneurial spirit continues to be demonstrated by rapid growth and major advances in technology.
Registration and streaming link: http://awea.live.conferencecontent.net/
When: Livestreams will air from 10 am to 11am CT on Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9.
Who: Over the next two days, hear from the following industry leaders who will share their vision for the future of wind power:
Complete conference information, as well as a schedule (all times CDT), are available on the event website: http://www.windpowerexpo.org/
AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 100,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, serving as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, this year in Chicago, May 7-10, 2018. Find information about wind energy on the AWEA website. Gain insight into industry issues on AWEA's blog, Into the Wind. And please join us on Facebook, and follow @AWEA on Twitter.
Tuesday, April 17 2018
New Mexico emerges as a leader, growing wind power faster than any state
Santa Fe, NM — Wind power, the largest source of U.S. renewable electricity generating capacity, now supplies more than 30 percent of the electricity in four states, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, after strong growth in 2017. Industry leaders released the news from the state capitol in New Mexico, a rising star for wind power. New Mexico added wind power capacity at a faster rate than any other state last year.
The rapid expansion of American wind power reflects its key role at the center of a transformation in the country’s electricity sector – bringing consumers more affordable, clean, and reliable energy while growing the economy. The industry’s latest trends and milestones from 2017 are detailed in the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report 2017 released today. According to the new report, more American homes and businesses use wind energy than ever before and the industry employs a record 105,500 men and women across all 50 states.
Wednesday, January 18 2017
Washington, D.C. — Wind power employs just over 100,000 Americans according to new data released today by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), more than work at nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants.
“Wind means opportunity and job security for over 100,000 Americans,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “The Department of Energy’s new jobs data underscore the incredible impact of wind power in creating American jobs. Wind workers directly contribute to our nation’s energy independence and economic success story. We’re especially proud of helping America’s veterans find well-paying jobs after their service, employing them at a rate that is 50 percent higher than the national average.”
Monday, May 23 2016
New Orleans, LA -- Thousands of wind power developers, manufacturers, workers, executives, and more arrive from around the world to New Orleans for a four-day conference and exhibition today as America’s industry with the fastest growing job kicked off its largest event all year.
WINDPOWER 2016 began this morning with the election of new leadership by the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Board of Directors and takes place as wind energy stays on track to supply 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030 – and with Louisiana rising as an emerging player in the industry. Former Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu will provide local flavor for the wind industry’s largest gathering in the Western Hemisphere by speaking during tomorrow’s Welcome & Opening General Session at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center starting at 9:00 a.m.
“With long-term policy certainty in place, this year’s attendees are excited to arrive in New Orleans and see what’s next for our industry,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “Thanks to U.S. factory workers building wind turbine parts and supplies, including hundreds here in Louisiana, we continue to lower our costs and give Americans the power to power ourselves.”
Wind power now supports 88,000 jobs in the U.S. and could support 380,000 jobs by 2030. American innovation has helped wind power lower its costs by two-thirds in just six years, passing the savings onto American homeowners and businesses.
“Thanks to 20 percent job growth over the previous year, there are more workers in wind power than there are seats in the Superdome,” continued Kiernan. “With its continued technology upgrades wind energy continues to expand throughout the Southeastern U.S. By adding new transmission lines we can bring even more of wind power’s clean, low-cost source of electricity to more Americans in this region.”
As its technology changes and new leaders emerge a new generation of wind power is arriving in the U.S. Those changes led to this year’s WINDPOWER theme to be labeled ‘Generation Wind’ The theme helps to promote future leaders in the industry and, with over 100 sessions and presentations, this year’s conference offers more opportunities than ever for attendees to learn and to network.
“Wind power has become a key part of America’s electricity mix, and generation wind has arrived here in New Orleans,” said Jana Adams, Senior Vice President of Member Value and Experience, AWEA. “Our flagship trade show WINDPOWER 2016 is changing to match our industry’s progress, we’re engaging the industry on many levels, training future leaders, and together preparing to meet America’s energy needs.”
This year’s WINDPOWER comes at a pivotal point for the industry as long-term policy certainty was passed by a bipartisan Congress last year, a continued rise of new investment in clean energy technology by Fortune 500 companies and other emerging buyers, and an unstoppable shift to a safer, cleaner-powered future by many states and the electricity sector takes hold.
New AWEA leadership
Also joining as new additions to AWEA’s Board of Directors through its member elections are:
Finally, we welcome new interim Directors recently voted in by AWEA’s Board:
Monday, April 04 2016
Wind industry set to release annual report at Denver press conference
Denver, CO -- Members of the press are invited to attend an exclusive live press conference release of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) 2015 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, which will show the U.S. wind energy industry supporting more jobs than ever.
Colorado’s leadership in expanding wind power has enabled the state to attract thousands of quality jobs while cutting costs on electricity bills and creating clean air.
Friday, April 01 2016
Washington, D.C. -- The United States and China issued a joint statement today announcing the two nations will sign the Paris Agreement, last year’s international agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions, on Friday, April 22 (this Earth Day). AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan reacted with the following statement:
“This historic announcement shows the U.S. is in the market for climate solutions that work. Wind power is one of the biggest, fastest, cheapest ways the U.S. can reduce carbon pollution. Through deploying more wind energy, we can cut out a tenth of the nation’s entire carbon footprint by the year 2030 and keep more money in the pockets of American consumers while doing so."
Tuesday, March 29 2016
U.S. wind fleet reduces power sector CO2 emissions more than six percent
Washington, D.C. -- U.S. wind farms reduced electric power sector carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 132 million metric tons in 2015, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) forthcoming annual U.S. wind industry market report. Those avoided emissions are equal to that from 28 million cars, or more than six percent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from U.S. electricity generation last year.
Wind energy also greatly reduces a variety of health-harming air pollutants, including smog-causing sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), which helps reduce rates of asthma and other respiratory issues. Electricity generated by wind in 2015 displaced an estimated 176,000 metric tons of SO2 and 106,000 metric tons of NOx, representing $7.3 billion in avoided health costs last year alone.
Tuesday, March 01 2016
Wind supplied Iowa with over 31 percent of its electricity last year