Wind Lobby Seeks Path Beyond Boom and Bust

December 21, 2012 by Alex Trembath

Wind Farm via Shutterstock

 In no other industry are the conflicts over subsidies as zero-sum and fever-pitched as they are in the energy sector.Almost always, it seems, energy producers fight tooth and nail for the rote extension of their support even as opponents—whether green or fossil-fueled—fight for its end.  And the disputes go on and on.And yet,...[read more]

The Battle to Extend Wind Incentives

December 9, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

With the end of the year approaching, the annual Congressional debate over extending a variety of expiring federal tax credits and other benefits is gearing up again. Few of these measures are as high-profile as the payroll tax cut, but each has a vocal constituency, including renewable energy. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA...[read more]

US Governors Ask Obama to Boost Wind Energy

September 1, 2011 by Vicky Portwain

A coalition of 24 US governors from the major parties and each region of the country has asked the administration to take steps to provide a more favourable business climate for the expansion of wind energy according to the American Wind Energy Association. Demands are being made for a 7-year extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC)...[read more]

Audio Archive: Growing Wind Power

August 15, 2011 by Energy Collective

Can the growth of the wind industry substantially reduce our dependence on fossil fuels? And if so, how soon? What evolutions in technology, policy, and economics are necessary to drive that growth? What are the obstacles to a large increase in wind power?[read more]

Texas' Record Electricity Demand Creates Battling Headlines about Wind Power

August 10, 2011 by Steve Skutnik

Last Wednesday, August 3rd, saw a new record set in the ERCOT electricity service area. ERCOT wasted no time in putting some data from these events online. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), put up a blog post titled Wind helps meet new Texas record for electricity demand. Now, that's something we would expect, except for...[read more]

WEBINAR NOW: There's still time to catch the end…

June 11, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

Wind has emerged as one of the most workable renewable energy technologies to finance, deploy, and see make a difference -currently, a limited difference- in the grid. The global wind industry has seen explosive growth in the last year, though tough times might lie ahead - advocates worry that countries will snuff renewable funding to...[read more]


What Are We Missing? Day Three at WindPower 2011

May 26, 2011 by Alex Trembath

 WindPower 2011 is finishing up today in Anaheim, but I had to cut loose early and get back to the Bay Area. My coverage of Sunday and Monday are available here at The Energy Collective. After being only slightly overwhelmed with the technology and brainpower surging through the convention show floor, I...[read more]


Jobs and Manufacturing: Day One at WindPower 2011

May 25, 2011 by Alex Trembath

I'm in Anaheim, California this week covering the 11th annual WindPower conference, hosted yearly by the America Wind Energy Association (AWEA). WindPower 2011 lasts from May 22 to May 25, and I am coming off a long and didactic Day One. The expo is dominated by technologists and engineers, but as I have been reminded regularly...[read more]


Why We're Here: Day Two at AWEA Wind Power 2011

May 25, 2011 by Alex Trembath

Picking up from where we left off yesterday, WindPower 2011 revved into gear early this morning in Anaheim, California. Kicking off the official start of this week's conference, the CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Denise Bode, rode onto the main stage of the convention center arena on a custom motorcycle...[read more]

Renewable Energy Projects Show Strength in 2011

May 9, 2011 by Nathan Temple

2011 and 2012 are looking to be good years for renewable energy.  Proposed installation and current construction numbers are very encouraging.  Federal loan guarantees have picked up momentum as described in a previous post: According to the numbers...[read more]

Examples of Wind Power to Learn From

March 11, 2011 by Willem Post

Mark and Rebecca, Please be so kind to post this article on the TEC website. I think it will be of interest to many people. Thank you, Willem Post[read more]

Offshore wind decision not about health concerns, despite anti-wind noise

February 16, 2011 by Tyler Hamilton

It’s about politics. It’s about votes. It may be about a lack of need for the power, or a true concern about lakebed impacts. But one thing for certain is that the Ontario government’s misguided decision to halt all offshore wind development until further study is not about unfounded concerns over the health impacts on people, as much as...[read more]

Industry advocates: Jobs will be lost if Congress doesn’t act

December 11, 2010 by Michael Giberson

My title is taken from the subtitle of a story in the Arizona Republic, the headline is: “Solar supporters link future to subsidies.” The “solar supporters” and “industry advocates” referred to are the Solar Energy Industries Association and the American Wind Energy Association, both actively lobbying Congress for extension of the so-...[read more]

The continuing debate over wind power and net emissions

October 3, 2010 by Michael Giberson

We’ve discussed the complicated relationship between wind power and the net reductions in greenhouse gas and other emissions here previously. Industry viewpoints come to expected conclusions – it is no surprise that the Colorado oil and gas industry promotes the view that wind is less special that claimed, nor that the American Wind...[read more]

The trouble with wind power

September 6, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Too much wind? I’m a supporter of wind power. I’m not worried that wind turbines kill too many birds (that risk is overstated) or that they are eyesores or that they are too costly. But there is a problem with the way we’re building wind turbines, and that’s the topic of a brief essay that I wrote in the September issue of Wired magazine...[read more]