A personal quest to promote the use of wind energy and hydrogen technology in the Great Lakes area of the United States. The Great Lakes area is in a unique position to become an energy exporting region through these and other renewable energy technologies. *Update 2014: Just do it everywhere - Dan*
The wind energy industry would invest billions of dollars in Ohio's wind industry if state legislators make zoning rules more favorable for wind farms, said AWEA Eastern Region Policy Director Andrew Gohn. He praised the Ohio Senate's effort to update the legislation and expressed optimism that the lawmakers would complete the task.
The phaseout of the wind energy Production Tax Credit is accelerating wind development in Wyoming, says Wind Energy Research Center Director Jonathan Naughton. He expects the state to add up to 5,000 megawatts of new installed wind capacity in the next five to seven years.
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Senvion said it will install a 3.6-megawatt turbine at its RiaBlaes turbine blade manufacturing site in Portugal, providing enough energy to meet 100% of the plant's electricity needs. "If we want the world to go green, we have to be part of the solution in more ways than one, we have to be an example," notes Senior Vice President for Global Blades Paulo Silva.
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Canadian manufacturer Sigma Industries has opened a new 70,000-square-foot factory in Tennessee that will produce composites for the US wind industry, said the company. "It is the first step in our strategy to grow our operations in the US market," Sigma President Denis Bertrand said.
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DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, two Michigan-based utilities, have partnered with Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan to set a new 50% by 2030 goal for clean energy, according to the groups. "Michigan wants clean energy, and we saw support across the state from the moment we started this campaign," said Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan campaign manager John Freeman.
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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management launched a public comment period to gather more input on advancing offshore wind development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf on April 6. It has extended the deadline for submitting comments from May 21 to July 5.
No partisan divide on wind support, young Americans overwhelming in preferences
A slew of surveys across 2016 and 2017 found Americans across the board supported the growth of wind energy. Now we have our first evidence from 2018 that this support continues to increase, and that we have a true rarity in today's political environment coming into focus -- there is no meaningful partisan divide in the country's preference for wind. Read more.
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These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.