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    Global wind up 31% in 2009; U.S., China in footrace to be #1

    There is good news today in the just-released global wind energy numbers: the world’s wind energy capacity grew by 31% in 2009, despite the global recession, and the United States remains the global leader in total wind installed, with more than 35,000 MW. But the numbers are also a warning to the...

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    Community wind project gets go-ahead in Wisconsin

     E Wind LLC has received approval from the Town of Randolph to construct a 30 MW, 18 turbine community wind farm in Columbia County, about 40 miles north of Madison, Wisconsin. The project is unusual because it is locally owned and hopes to sell the electricity to local utilities. The owners must...

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    Explaining what long term policy stability means

     In arguing for the Renewable Electricity Standard, we at AWEA try to explain how a national renewable target will help create the right policy environment that companies need to make investment decisions. But it's better to listen to the companies that will be making the decisions. Here's a statement from Lew Hay,...

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    State of the Union: renewable energy equals jobs

     President Obama did not mention wind energy tonight–he did mention clean coal and nuclear. In some ways he did not need to mention wind, especially since in recent days members of his Administration have been citing the latest wind energy growth statistics as a successful outcome of the Recovery Act. What was...

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    AWEA CEO Bode reacts to Obama's speech

    AWEA CEO Denise Bode today issued the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union address: Quote : The wind energy industry applauds the President's emphasis on job creation. Under the President's leadership, the Recovery Act saved 40,000 wind jobs. The industry now looks forward to working with the President to...

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    For wind, 2009 was a boom year, but we need RES for jobs

    Today AWEA released its numbers for 2009, and the news was good– record-breaking, in fact. For the year, the wind energy industry installed nearly 10,000 MW of new capacity, compared with last year's record-breaking total of 8,500 MW. Denise Bode, AWEA's CEO, said the Recovery Act incentives played a big role in...

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    Inexpensive and predictable

    Yesterday, the Amarillo Globe-News carried an opinion piece by Public Utilities Commission of Texas Chair Barry Smitherman on how Texas has become a national leader in wind power and how expanding transmission is needed. Two readers posted negative comments, one on costs and the other on a variety of complaints. Here is...

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    Texas PUC Commissioner explains how transmission works there

    Texas is number one in wind energy, not least for its forward-looking approach to getting transmission built to serve its wind projects. Here is an excellent article by the state's Public Utilities Commission Chairman Barry T. Smitherman on how the commission is approaching the prospect of approving transmission in the Texas Panhandle....

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