Last week marked the second annual #AmericanWindWeek, and celebrations boomed both across the country and on social media. Wind farm and factory tours, groundbreakings, city and state proclamations, Wind Champion Awards, and more highlighted the ways U.S. wind power is creating new opportunities. The map below has a full accounting of just about everything that took place.
Here’s a look at some of #AmericanWindWeek’s best highlights.
Wind Champion awards
The Wind Champion Award, a highlight of American Wind Week, was presented to three members of the 115th Congress who have taken action in support of American wind energy.
I was proud to present @ChuckGrassley with a Wind Champion award in Iowa today, along with @alliantenergy. Sen. Grassley has played a huge role in wind's American success story, growing an industry that creates jobs in all 50 states. #Americanwindweek pic.twitter.com/G2irwU7vbk
— Tom Kiernan (@TomCKiernan) August 6, 2018
We were honored to host @repblumenauer at our Portland, Oregon, headquarters today. As we celebrate #AmericanWindWeek, thank you for your leadership as a wind champion. @AWEA pic.twitter.com/oA8ZXdNd7s
— Avangrid Renewables (@AvangridRen) August 7, 2018
Honored to receive @AWEA’s Wind Champion Award today at the @GeronimoEnergy Courtenay #windfarm during #AmericanWindWeek. I’m proud to have worked to successfully extend the wind energy tax credit in 2015 to support wind energy development & jobs across our state. pic.twitter.com/I2Q1JJu9MT
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) August 8, 2018
Companies saw this celebratory week as an opportunity to invest back in the communities that invested in them. Here are just a couple of examples. Enel presented a $60,000 check to the Allen-Waterbury Fire District, located near their Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project, to upgrade their emergency response vehicle fleet.
What do Allen-Waterbury Fire District and #EnelGreenPower share in common? Safety is a priority! We presented $60,000 for upgrading the department’s ambulance fleet, located near our 320 MW Rattlesnake Creek wind project in Dixon County, Nebraska. @EnelGroup #AmericanWindWeek pic.twitter.com/e8Q1rNPYd5
— Jeff Riles, Jr. (@jeffriles) August 11, 2018
Geronimo Energy hosted a community event to celebrate the 20-year commitment of annual $40,000 donations by presenting the first gifts to the Courtenay Community Fund. As a part of the event, they committed to funding a community center right in the heart of town.
@SenatorHeitkamp at yesterday's @GeronimoEnergy-hosted #AmericanWindWeek event: "Projects like this, commitments like this…never stop
believing that we can turn the tide." #Wind works for rural America! @AWEA @XcelEnergyND Full coverage here: https://t.co/W0Tr3aVg5Y pic.twitter.com/EcKXmjvbM3
— Geronimo Energy (@GeronimoEnergy) August 9, 2018
And of course, the conversation boomed on social media. Here are a few more of our favorite posts:
Recognizing American Wind Energy Week along with AWEA & @TradewindEnergy for their work on behalf of the wind industry in KS. I appreciated discussing energy, infrastructure, trade, & hearing from @TradewindEnergy employees. #windworks #AmericanWindWeek pic.twitter.com/0A3mFkffyq
— Rep. Kevin Yoder (@RepKevinYoder) August 7, 2018
Happy #AmericanWindWeek! Our Wednesday festivities include a special guest… a 193.5' wind turbine blade for ATS' Legislator Open House!
.@ArmyOEI recognizes this week as #AmericanWindWeek!#DidYouKnow the @USArmy’s largest energy project to date is a combined #wind & #solar energy generation project at @FortHood, TX? The project has a capacity of approximately 65 MW. Providing progress toward #energy #resilience. pic.twitter.com/jRR6pQ4bFY
— Army OEI (@ArmyOEI) August 10, 2018
Today I had the privilege of spending the afternoon at the Cuyahoga County Fair for the American Wind Energy Education Day. @cuyfair @awea @ohiogop @OHRGOPCaucus @OhioHouseGOP #countyfair pic.twitter.com/itziqn7osZ
— Dave Greenspan (@DaveGreenspan) August 11, 2018
Thank you to everyone who helped #AmericanWindWeek grow exponentially this year! See you during #AmericanWindWeek 2019!