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April 20, 2017

The U.S. wind industry now employs more than 100,000 people

By Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-04-20 06:29:19

In 2016, for the first time, more than 100,000 people in the United States were employed in some manner by the wind industry, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the American Wind Energy Association. The industry grew by double digits once again. The first offshore wind farm became a reality off Rhode Island. And wind was the primary source of new energy installations in much of the Midwest, the Plains states and in Texas, which has nearly 12,000 wind turbines and generates more than a quarter of the nation’s wind energy. [ read more … ]

Industry report: Midwest and Great Plains lead wind energy expansion

By Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-04-20 06:30:42

Wind power represents more than 80 percent of the new electricity generating capacity built in the Midwest and Great Plains states over the past five years as the industry continues to grow, according to a report released today. The American Wind Energy Association’s annual 2016 report notes that two states in the region generate more than 30 percent of their electricity needs from wind – Iowa (35 percent) and South Dakota (30 percent). North Dakota, Oklahoma and Kansas produce more than 20 percent of their electricity demand from wind. [ read more … ]

Wind industry touts jobs, investments in pitch to GOP

Hannah Northey and Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-04-20 06:30:13

The wind industry is staking a claim on “Trump country.” “Eighty-six percent of all wind farms are in Republican districts,” said Tom Kiernan, head of the American Wind Energy Association. “The vast majority of the investment each year is in Republican districts.” [ read more … ]

Rick Perry asked for a boring, wonky study of the grid. Even that was controversial.

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-04-20 06:31:08

This seemingly dull inquiry has stirred controversy in a Trump administration in which nearly all moves that touch on energy and the environment are matters of contention. While framed as an inquiry into policies that will ensure the resilience of the electricity grid, Perry’s focus on so-called “baseload” generation — power plants that produce a steady, controlled stream of electricity — appears to create an opposition with fast-growing wind and solar. These sources by definition are variable or “intermittent,” providing energy only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. [ read more … ]

Wind power advocates alarmed by bill to move Maine test site

By Nick McCrea, Bangor Daily News  •    •  Posted 2017-04-20 06:28:45

Maine’s floating wind power advocates are sounding the alarm over legislation that would push a two-turbine test site farther away from Monhegan Island, saying that the shift would sink the decade-long push to draw power from the untapped Gulf of Maine winds. The bill, introduced by Sen. Dana Dow, R-Lincoln, would bar wind turbines within 10 miles of Monhegan Island. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: U.S. Needs to Stay Engaged in Global Climate Agreement

By Ernie Shea, 25×25  •    •  Posted 2017-04-20 06:31:44

We cannot emphasize enough that dealing with climate change is a bottom-line business. Opportunities presented by the agreement, now and in the future, are being recognized by corporations like Ikea, Nike and Wal-Mart, who have joined universities, venture capital funds and other major investor groups in touting the agreement’s ability to set up financing mechanisms that can channel investments toward low- and no-carbon energy technologies. [ read more … ]

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