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AWEA Comments on National Renewable Electricity Standard Legislation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2019-06-28
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued the following statement in support of the Renewable Electricity Standard Act of 2019 introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), along with Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Angus King (I-ME): "Senator Udall's National Renewable Electricity Standard proposes a flexible framework for states to make meaningful power-sector carbon emissions cuts, fueled by market competition between renewable energy technologies. This is the kind of policy, along with improvements to transmission planning and permitting, that is needed to build a 21st century clean economy, drive major new investment in wind farms, grow demand for U.S. factories, and cut consumer energy bills." -- AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan.

AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 114,000 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. (Source: AWEA, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Tom Kirnan, CEO,

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Wind Dominant S.African Power Source by 2050 (Int'l Report)
Eskom,South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Date: 2019-05-06
In Johannesburg, South Africa's largest utility Eskom and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) are saying wind energy offers the country's greatest potential for replacing fossil fuels for power generation in South Africa.

The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and other research institutes note they have "conclusively demonstrated that the option of new wind, solar PV and flexible generation capacity in South Africa delivers the least-cost electricity price trajectory in the years ahead to 2050 and beyond, as well as least water consumption, lowest carbon emissions and the most jobs. According to this scenario, wind would be the largest source of electricity by 2040. The DoE foresees 12 GW of wind by 2030, 38 GW by 2040 and 50 GW by 2050." (Souce: Eskom, MyBroadBand, 4 May, 2019)Contact: Eskom, Barry MacColl, GM Testing and Development,; CSRI,

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AWEA Supports Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Development Act (Reg & Leg, Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2019-04-17
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has come out in support of the Energy Storage Tax Incentive (tax credit) and Development Act which was introduced by Senators Heinrich (D-NM) and Gardner (R-CO). The bill currently has 10 cosponsors representing a diverse collection of states.

"We strongly support and thank Senators Heinrich and Gardner for introducing the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Development Act and committing to modernizing the U.S. energy supply. Americans want their homes and businesses to be powered by clean energy. Spurring investment in our country's energy storage technologies, along with transmission, will advance clean energy, create new jobs and help bring America's power supply into the 21st century," said Tom Kiernan, CEO, AWEA.

However, current law only allows energy storage to qualify for an ITC (tax credit) when paired with a solar project under certain circumstances. The flexibility and market efficiencies resulting from accelerated energy storage investment would spur new wind farm development and job creation, according to AWEA. (Source: AWEA, reve, 13 April, 2019) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO,

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Energy Storage ITC Bill Wins AWEA Endorsement (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-04-05
In Washington, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has come out in support of Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced legislation, The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act, to create an investment tax credit (ITC) for energy storage systems.

AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan said, "We applaud Representative Doyle for his effort to modernize the U.S. electricity supply with the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act. Like the power transmission lines that make up the grid, energy storage is a catalyst technology that makes the entire electricity supply more affordable and reliable. Expanding investment tax credit eligibility to all energy storage technologies would spark new clean energy infrastructure investment, grow American jobs, and help ensure our electricity supply is ready for future challenges."

Energy storage helps balance power supply and demand instantaneously by storing electricity from low-cost energy sources, like wind, and releasing that power during periods of high demand. (Source: AWEA, PR, 4 April, 2019) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO,

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Wind Energy Capacity Installations Rising in the Americas (Int'l)
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2019-02-06
According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows North, Central and South America together installed 11.9 GW capacity of wind power in 2018,up 12 pct on 2017. In North America (Canada and USA) new capacity additions grew by 10.8 pct compared to 2017. In Latin America new capacity additions jumped 18.7 pct compared to 2017. The GWEC also notes:
  • the wind energy industry supports over 160,000 jobs in North America -- CanWEA and AWEA stats;

  • Brazil installed 2 GW of added wind farm capacity during 2018 and auctioned further capacity at world beating prices of as low as $22/MWh;

  • Mexico installed almost 1 GW of new wind turbines capacity, the highest capacity additions ever and now has a total capacity of 5 GW. The country expects to reach its target of generating 35 pct of its power capacity through renewables before 2024;

  • the North American offshore wind power market continues to develop with supply chain planning taking place, tenders for offshore leasing zones being conducted (Massachusetts), JV formations (EDF and Shell for New Jersey leasing zones) and industry players establishing offices (MHI Vestas). (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: GWEC, Ben Backwell, CEO,

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  • US Wind Energy Capacity Exceeds 90 GW, says AWEA (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-11-02
    According to the America Wind Energy Association (AWEA), US wind energy capacity has reached a total of 90 GW, with another 38 GW under development. AWEA notes over 54,000 fully functional wind turbines are presently in operation across 41 states, Guam and Puerto Rico, with Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming, Maryland and Massachusetts set to double their capacity. (Source: AWEA, Compelo, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO,

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    Americans for Carbon Dividends Carbon Tax Advocacy Group Launched (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Tax, Exelon, First Solar, AWEA
    Date: 2018-06-22
    The newly launched bipartisan Americans for Carbon Dividends, which follows on an unsuccessful attempt last year from Republicans George Shultz and James Baker to push a price on carbon, would place a $40 per ton tax on CO2 that would increase over time. Some money would be returned to the public through a carbon dividend of approximately $2,000 per year for a family of four.

    Supporters of the policy include Exelon Corp., First Solar and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and the former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, say it's a climate policy that makes economic sense. Exelon has reportedly contributed $1 million to the initiative and AWEA is offering financial support, according to Americans for Carbon Dividends. (Source: Americans for Carbon Dividends, GTM, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Americans for Carbon Dividends ,,

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    GE Onshore Wind Turbines in N.Am Power the Equivalent of 11,000,000 U.S. Homes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    GE,General Electric
    Date: 2018-05-23
    "Iowa may conjure up images of sweeping cornfields dotted with farms, but this Midwestern state has been at the forefront of wind energy technology since 1983, when it became the first state to enact a renewable-energy mandate, requiring local investor-owned utilities to use wind or solar sources for power generation. In 2017, Iowa generated 37 percent of its electricity from wind, the largest share nationwide.

    "GE Renewable Energy will now add to the state's remarkable base of renewables by helping local utility Alliant Energy erect 190 turbines at two new sites -- Upland Prairie in the state's northwest corner and English Farms further southeast -- to contribute additional 470 megawatts to Iowa's renewables capacity, enough power to supply the equivalent of 180,000 American homes.

    "Those two new projects will also propel GE Renewable Energy to break a record of its own: The business unit's onshore wind capacity in North America now exceeds 40 gigawatts. Its 25,000-plus turbines now have the capacity to power the equivalent of 11 million U.S. homes.

    "Worldwide, the stats are even more impressive. GE Renewable Energy has more than 60,000 MW of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe -- enough to theoretically supply all of Indonesia.

    "Since entering wind energy 15 years ago, GE Renewable Energy has provided turbines for some of the largest sites in the U.S, including the 845 MW Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon and the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center and Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm in Texas. The company also supplied five 6 MW turbines for America's first offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island.

    "GE's own contributions speak to a larger truth: Wind is blowing up. In the last decade, U.S. wind capacity has tripled to 54,000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of nearly 90,000 MW housed in 41 states, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. Wind power is now the largest source of renewable generating capacity in the U.S., according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)." (Source: General Electric, May 21, 2018) Contact: GE,

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    US Senate, House Proposals Differ on Wind Tax Credit (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2017-11-13
    The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is reporting that US Senate Republicans' just released tax overhaul plan leaves the wind energy production tax credit (PTC) unscathed and honours the terms of the five-year PTC phase-out passed by Congress in 2015.

    The House version of the legislation proposes to cut the value of the credit and change the start of construction terms for qualification. According to AWEA, the House bill changes are "sending shock waves through the market" and if passed into law could slash the number of new US wind energy project in half. (Source: AWEA, BNEF, Renewables Now, Others 10 Nov., 2017) Contact: AWEA , Tom Kiernan, CEO,

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    Wind Ind. Gifts $1Mn for Hurricane Harvey Recovery (Ind. Report)
    AWEA,Pattern Energy
    Date: 2017-09-15
    Pattern Energy Group Inc. reports it is joining with other American wind energy companies as a keystone partner of Habitat Hammers Back, the Hurricane Harvey repair and rebuilding initiative led by Habitat for Humanity.

    The companies -- Apex Clean Energy, Blattner Energy, Duke Energy, EDF Renewable Energy, EDP Renewables, Enel Green Power North America, E.ON, Goldwind Americas, Hannon Armstrong, Invenergy, Leeward Renewable Energy, MAP Royalty, Pattern Energy, TPI Composites and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA – are donating $1 million in aggregate to support repairs and rebuilding efforts in areas impacted by the storms. (Source: Pattern Energy, NA Wind Power, Various Others, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pattern Energy, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333,,; Habitat for Humanity,; AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO,

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    Q1 U.S Wind Turbine Installations Number 908 (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-05-12
    According to the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) recently released U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2017 Market Report a total of 908 utility-scale turbines were installed in Q1, 2017, for the strongest start in eight years.

    Twelve states commissioned a total of 25 wind projects with Texas installing 724 MW in the first quarter, followed by Kansas, New Mexico and North Carolina with 481 MW, 242 MW and 208 MW, respectively. (Source: AWEA, LCG Consulting, 4 May, 2017)Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO,

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    Nebraska Surpases 1,300 MW of Wind Energy Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Nebraska Wind
    Date: 2017-05-12
    According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the Cornhusker State's growing number of wind farms is now generating in excess of 1,300 megawatts -- 1 gigawatt -- of wind-generated capacity. Nebraska is the 18th state to join the group of gigawatt-level wind energy states, according to AWEA. Wind accounted for over 10 pct of electricity generated in the state for the first time last year, according to federal Energy Information Agency data. Administration. (Source: Lincoln Journal, AP, 8 May, 2017)

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    Will Trump Tamper with the Wind Tax Credit? (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-03-31
    Will the Trump Administration keep the wind energy tax credit? That's the big question in Iowa where about one-third of all households are powered by wind and the nation's third largest creator of wind energy related jobs.

    During the campaign, Trump notoriously criticized wind turbines as being too expensive and that the industry cannot survive without the tax credit. Governor Terry Branstad optimistically says "that was before the election" and Trump has assured him the wind production tax credit will remain. "I know there are those that would like to undo some of the things that have been done, but I feel confident it's going to be maintained. And I think that President Trump recognizes how important renewable energy was to his victory here in Iowa and the heartland."

    Branstad notes that former Texas Governor Rick Perry is now Trump's energy secretary, and that Texas is the nation's number one wind energy producer. And, according to AWEA, there could be 250,000 jobs in the U.S. wind energy sector by 2020. (Source: KGLO Radio, Others, 28 Mar., 2017)

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    Jobs and Economics Impacts Resulting from U.S. Wind Projects 2017-2020 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    AWEA,Navigant Consulting
    Date: 2017-03-13
    Jobs and Economics Impacts Resulting from U.S. Wind Projects 2017-2020, a new study by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Navigant Consulting looks at the jobs and economic impacts resulting from U.S. wind power projects through 2020, and the results are highly encouraging.

    Among the reports findings are the following:

  • The U.S. wind market will be in the 8-10 GW/year range through 2020, with cumulative new installed capacity of approximately 35 gigawatts (GW), on top of current U.S. wind power generating capacity of around 82 GW:

  • Total U.S. wind employment will reach 248,000 jobs in 2020. Total new wind economic impact will peak at $24 billion in the same year;

  • The U.S. wind industry will support 865,000 job-years of employment and provide $85 billion in economic impact in 2017-2020;

  • States with the highest total wind employment in 2017-2020 are TX, CO, and IA. Those states will also see the greatest positive economic impact from wind power projects through 2020;

  • Other states with large numbers of wind power jobs from 2017 to 2020 include: Illinois (30.2 thousand jobs), Ohio (28.4 thousand jobs), North Dakota (27.2 thousand jobs), Michigan (26.3 thousand jobs), Minnesota (20.1 thousand jobs), Florida (18.0 thousand jobs), Wisconsin (17.8 thousand jobs), Pennsylvania (15.7 thousand jobs), Oklahoma (14.9 thousand jobs), North Carolina (14.6 thousand jobs), New Mexico (14.2 thousand jobs) and Massachusetts (13.7 thousand jobs).

    Access the Jobs and Economics Impacts Resulting from U.S. Wind Projects 2017-2020 report HERE. (Source: AWEA, Navigant, 10 Mar., 2017)Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, Lindsay North, Media Relations and Outreach, (202) 431-4587,,; Navigant Consulting Inc., (800) 621-8390,

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