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It’s a wrap: Best moments from the first #AmericanWindWeek

Wind power on display in Fowler, Indiana.
It’s a wrap: Best moments from the first #AmericanWindWeek
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Thank you to the many people and organizations who helped make the first #AmericanWindWeek a resounding success!

Across the country, thousands of supporters chimed in on social media and told us why they think wind energy is an American success story. On the ground, we had wind farm tours and open houses in states like Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota, culminating at the Fowler Wind Fair in Fowler, Indiana.

We checked in last week at the campaign’s midpoint to look at a few highlights, and now that all is said is done, here are a few more standout moments from #AmericanWindWeek, first from some of the in-person events.

Local residents turned out for tours on EDP Renewables’ Meridian Way wind farm in Kansas.

A dozen state lawmakers toured EDF Renewable Energy’s Slate Creek wind farm in Kansas.

Hundreds came out to support wind energy at the Fowler Wind Fair in Fowler, Indiana.

And here are some more social media highlights from #AmericanWindWeek:

ENERGY BY THE NUMBERS: WIND POWER – Wind power is growing in America. In 2016, wind surpassed 82,000 MW of total installed capacity. 14 states now get more than 10% of their electricity from wind. _ In 2016, the U.S. added 8,203 megawatts of new wind power capacity. That’s enough to power nearly 3 million homes! _ Everything is bigger in Texas. Texas leads the nation in installed wind capacity with 20,320 megawatts. That’s more than all but five countries! _ Iowa produces more of its electricity from wind than any other state. It generates 36% of its total electricity from wind power. _ There’s a bright future for offshore. In 2016, the first U.S. offshore wind project was up and running. There’s now 28 new offshore wind projects in the works. _ Wind = Jobs. More than 101,000 Americans now work in the wind industry, that’s up 32% since 2015. _ Made in America. The vast majority of wind components are manufactured in the United States. In 2016, American manufacturers accounted for 98% of all distributed or small wind sales. _ Go to Energy.gov/WindReport to learn more. _ _ _ #energy #scienceforthepeople #science #nationallabs #renewableenergy #renewable #cleantech #cleanenergy #power #wind #windpower #windenergy #renewables #windturbine #windturbines #usa #jobs #madeinamerica #iowa #texas #laboratory #madinusa #americanwindweek

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Thanks again to everyone who participated in #AmericanWindWeek, and we’re already looking forward to celebrating again in 2018!

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Greg is the Writer and Content Manager for AWEA. He is the head editor and writer for Into the Wind, and oversees AWEA's online content and opinion writing. Greg holds a Master's degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University's School of International Service. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Journalism from Lehigh University.

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