When Wind Turbines Move to Town – How Do Rural Communities Benefit?

By Anna Luke, American Wind Energy Association Originally published on Into the Wind It wasn’t always the case, but nowadays rural places are often among those in greatest need of new economic development. Sadly, the farm belt and Rust Belt have been losing jobs and investment for decades. It will take significant change to raise […]

Commentary by Chris Brown: Wind is Winning in Texas

From the Austin American Statesman – April 11, 2017 Thirty miles north of the state capital, there’s a community that’s one of the first U.S. cities to get 100 percent of its power from wind and other renewable energy. It has generated national news attention and no small sense of wonder. Because in conservative Georgetown, […]

Like This: Facebook Buys More Wind Power

by Hannah Hunt – AWEA Here’s news we can all “like” today: Facebook announced plans last week to locate its newest data center in rural Nebraska. Thanks to a new renewable energy tariff provided by their future local utility, low-cost wind energy will power 100 percent of the facility. A big footprint This will be […]

Enid Regional Development Alliance: To Grow, We Must Keep Our Promises

By Brent Kisling, Executive Director, Enid Regional Development Alliance Let’s suppose for a moment that you were about to purchase your first home.  You found the perfect house that you intend to live in for the rest of your life. But like most new home buyers, you don’t have enough cash to purchase the home […]

Rural Texas Speaks Out: Tells Lawmakers to Keep Supporting Chapter 313

One of the most valuable tools Texas uses to attract major investments to Texas is currently under assault in the legislature.  Lawmakers in Austin who don’t understand the innovative Chapter 313 program, are working to take this tool away from Texas counties and school districts.  The loss would be felt immediately, especially in rural areas that have […]

The Home Depot Taps Texas Wind Farm for Renewable Energy

(Atlanta, Georgia)  The Home Depot® today announced its first major investment in a wind-powered renewable energy project. The energy purchased from the wind farm is enough to power 100 Home Depot stores for a year while also providing $150,000 in local community benefits.The Los Mirasoles Wind Farm, owned and operated by EDP Renewables North America, […]

General Motors (GM) Makes its Largest Green Energy Purchase to Date

DETROIT — General Motors has made its largest renewable energy procurement to date, purchasing enough wind power to equal the electricity needs of 16 of its U.S. facilities, including business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, a major assembly and stamping complex in Arlington, Texas, and 13 parts warehouses east of the Mississippi River. […]

Natural Gas and Renewables, A Partnership With Which Coal Can’t Compete

By Jeffrey Clark http://eecn.johnshopkins.edu/index.php/2016/11/15/1512/#ixzz4VtCXZCTF In an ugly weekend for Texas football fans, the Longhorns were defeated by the West Virginia Mountaineers.  Sitting in the stadium, I reflected on our just-ended Presidential election in which energy issues – particularly the promise of a coal renaissance – played a major role.  I was struck by the bigger […]

GE Plans to Capture More Wind with $1.65B Acquisition of LM Wind Power, a Global Designer and Manufacturer of Wind Turbine Blades

(Paris, FRANCE)  GE (NYSE: GE) the world’s leading digital industrial company, announced today its intent to purchase LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based manufacturer and supplier of rotor blades to the wind industry, for $1.65 billion (€1.5 billion). The deal in-sources wind turbine blade design and manufacturing for GE’s Renewable Energy business, improving its ability to increase […]

Amazon Announces Its Largest Wind Farm to Date – A New 253 Megawatt Wind Farm in West Texas

Amazon Wind Farm Texas joins large Amazon wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia. Seattle, Washington – Amazon today announced “Amazon Wind Farm Texas,” a new 253-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, that will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually – enough energy to power almost 90,000 […]