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2018 Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference is Announced

Save the Date: October 16-18, 2017 Lincoln, Nebraska The Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference is a two-day event that brings together a diverse range of stakeholders from Nebraska and across the country to share the latest information and innovations in wind and solar. Shaped by volunteers from state agencies, farmer and rancher organizations, public power utilities, […]

Southwest Power Pool, Mountain West Transmission Group Move Closer to RTO Membership for Western Entities

(Little Rock, Arkansas) On March 13, Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) board of directors approved the next phase of the continuing effort to integrate the Mountain West Transmission Group into the regional transmission organization’s (RTO) membership. The board’s vote is the culmination of more than a year of negotiations regarding the terms and conditions of Mountain […]

Representative Frank Lucas receives “US Wind Champion Award”

Monday, March 12, 2018 Contact: Evan Vaughan evaughan@awea.org, 202-431-4640 (Enid, Oklahoma) Rep. Frank Lucas has been named a U.S. Wind Champion for the 115th Congress by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) at an event hosted by NextEra Energy, a major energy generation and development company. AWEA is presenting U.S. Wind Champion Awards to select […]

Guest Opinion: Seeking a Balance on Wind Energy

By Mayor Josh Moenning, Norfolk, Nebraska. Originally appearing in the Norfolk Daily News – Link. Wind energy has been blowing across the local news lately. For some, wind towers and turbines are noisy eyesores they’d rather never see. For others, wind farms are an opportunity for additional farm income, new jobs, and new tax revenue. […]

New Report: Texas Dominates Wind Energy Jobs, Investment

Smart regulations credited with rapid growth of wind, falling consumer costs, opportunities for job-seekers, farmers and ranchers Texas produces more wind energy than almost any country in the world and ranks first in the nation in wind-related jobs, installed wind capacity and projects under construction, according to a new report from the Southern Legislative Conference. […]

Nike Takes Steps Toward 100% Renewable Energy in North America

Nike announced today that it has signed its second major wind contract with Avangrid Renewables — this time for 86 megawatts of Texas wind power. “This agreement enables us to source 100 percent renewable energy across our owned or operated facilities in North America,” says Hannah Jones, Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of the Innovation […]

Rain, Sleet, or Snow – Wind Works As Part of a Resilient Electric Grid

By Evan Vaughn, from AWEABlog Extreme weather like this week’s plunging temperatures is becoming easier for power grid operators to manage, thanks to an increasingly diverse electricity supply including more low-cost, reliable wind generation. The strength of the U.S. electricity system is on display this week even as “one of the strongest East Coast winter […]

Google Powers Up with Iowa, Oklahoma, and South Dakota Wind Energy

by Hanna Hunt – AWEABlog Never one for small acts, Google recently announced that it will be buying a massive combined 536 megawatts (MW) of new wind capacity from four U.S. wind farms. Here are the details on Google’s latest deals: One 200 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with EDF Renewable Energy for the […]

Quote Round-Up: What People are Saying About DOE’s “Grid Resiliency” Proposal

By Greg Alvarez – AWEABlog Somewhat lost amid the tax reform debate, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continues to debate a new rule proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE). DOE’s resiliency proposal would act as a subsidy for coal and nuclear plants while throwing competitive energy markets into disarray. There has been no […]

Coalition Speaks Out Against Unfair Tax Increases Targeting Oklahoma Wind Investors

The Wind Energy industry has worked with lawmakers in Oklahoma to end every state tax incentive for wind energy development.  Despite this, anti-wind groups are working to raise taxes on wind investors even higher by removing wind energy from the many industries that currently qualify for the Manufacturers Sales Tax Exemption.  Mark Yates, Oklahoma Director […]

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