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    Wind energy challenge for 2010 and beyond

     The wind industry had a good year in 2009, adding at least 7,000 MW of capacity, despite the poor economy. It followed a spectacular 2008 (8,500 MW) and terrific 2007(5,200 MW). What’s next? How does wind energy sustain the momentum and become an even more important part of the energy landscape? How...

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    2009 in review: A significant year for wind energy

     As AWEA prepares to take a holiday break and re-energize for 2010, it's worth looking back on 2009, a year that saw many twists and turns, and stops and starts in the industry, but most of all, signs of long-term vitality, despite short-term obstacles. A few of the good things that happened:...

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    The time is NOW.

    Attendees at the Copenhagen climate conference this week have been treated to a series of arresting images featuring wind power. Here, from the city subway, is another, courtesy of Vestas, the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer.  

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    Expert panel concludes wind turbine sounds not harmful to human health

    A multidisciplinary panel has concluded that the sounds generated by wind turbines are not harmful to human health, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said today. Comprising medical doctors, audiologists, and acoustical professionals from the United States, Canada, Denmark, and the United Kingdom, the panel undertook extensive review, analysis, and discussion of...

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    Scratch another complaint about wind off the list

    AWEA has been busy this past year knocking down pseudo reports about the supposed problems caused by wind energy projects. At last, some good news. A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that proximity to wind energy facilities "does not have a...

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    Wind energy and birds: No double standard

    Recently, the Wall Street Journal reprinted an opinion article titled "Windmills Are Killing Our Birds," by Robert Bryce. (It was the second anti-wind item from Mr. Bryce that has turned up in the Journal in the past few weeks—our response to the earlier one is here.) Briefly, Mr. Bryce’s most recent argument...

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    Interior, FERC agree on offshore rules

    The U.S. Interior Department and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced agreement today on rules that will govern permitting of renewable energy facilities in offshore waters. The memorandum of understanding between the two agencies will eventually clear the way for some offshore wind projects that faced uncertainty until now. “Our renewable energy is...

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