Saturday, December 11, 2004

310 MW Wind project in Iowa

GE to Supply 207 Wind Turbines for MidAmerican Energy Company's Wind Generation Project310.5-MW Wind Project Will Be One of World's LargestORLANDO, FLORIDA (November 30, 2004) — GE Energy has been selected as the wind turbine supplier for MidAmerican Energy Company's 310.5-megawatt project in Iowa that, when completed in 2005, will be among the world's largest wind generation facilities.Owned by MidAmerican Energy Company of Des Moines, Iowa, the project is being developed by enXco, Inc. and Clipper Windpower. The project is located at two sites in north central and northwest Iowa. The sites will utilize 100 and 107 of GE's 1.5-megawatt wind turbines, respectively.The MidAmerican project is among the $1.3 billion in U.S. wind project orders and commitments for 2004-2005 recently announced by GE Energy. The project will supply enough wind power to meet the annual electricity needs of approximately 85,000 homes.The wind turbines will be installed across approximately 20,000 acres of land leased from area farmers. With only a small footprint utilized by each wind turbine, the land area will continue to be used by local farmers for farming and ranching. "We are delighted with the opportunity to play a major role in a project that will help meet Iowa's goal to have 1,000 megawatts of renewable generation by 2010," said Steve Zwolinski, president of GE Energy's wind operations. "Along with new renewable energy capacity, the MidAmerican project will bring rural economic benefits to the people of Iowa." He added, "The reliability of our 1.5-megawatt wind turbines is well-proven in applications around the world. These machines are an excellent match for the strong, consistent winds that blow across the Midwestern states."As the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the northwest Iowa site, GE will supply and install the turbines and towers and will design, procure and install the balance of plant. EnXco is the EPC contractor for the north central Iowa site.The GE 1.5-megawatt machines are the largest wind turbines assembled in the United States and are among the most widely sold wind turbines in their size category, with more than 2,500 units installed worldwide. The wind turbines for the MidAmerican project were assembled at GE Energy's facilities in Tehachapi, Calif.MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa's largest energy company, provides electric service to 689,000 customers and natural gas service to 669,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican is available on the Internet at http://www.midamericanenergy.com.Based in North Palm Springs, Calif., enXco, Inc. (www.enxco.com) has developed, constructed and owned wind energy projects in the United States for nearly 20 years, including long-term operation and maintenance of more than 4,000 wind turbines.Clipper Windpower, based in Carpinteria, Calif., is comprised of the founder and key executives of Zond Systems, one of the pioneers of the modern wind industry. Zond Systems is credited with installing more than 3,000 wind turbines and had a 20-year history of wind project development.About GE EnergyGE Energy (www.gepower.com) is one of the world's leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technology, with 2003 revenues of nearly $18.5 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy provides equipment, service and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, transmission and distribution, distributed power and energy rental industries.With wind turbine design, manufacturing and/or assembly facilities located in Germany, Spain and the United States, GE Energy's current product portfolio includes wind turbines with rated outputs from 1,500 to 3600 kilowatts, and support services ranging from project development assistance to operation and maintenance. The company has developed and/or installed more than 6,900 wind turbines with a total rated capacity exceeding 5,000 megawatts. For more information, contact:GE Energy:Dennis MurphyGE Energy+1 678 844 6948dennis.murphy@ps.ge.comKen Darling or Gina DeRossiMasto Public Relations+1 518 786 6488kenneth.darling@ps.ge.comgina.derossi@mastopr.com> Press Contacts> More 2004 Press Releases

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Cape Wind Project Looks Promising

Pivotal Cape Wind Farm Report Looks Favorable
17 Federal and State Agency Report reveals energy, environmental and economic benefits of offshore wind farm

November 8, 2004
GE Energy's 3.6 MW wind turbines, see here at the Arklow Bank wind farm in the UK, are the prime turbine candidates for the Cape Wind proposal.
Photo: GE Energy
Boston, Massachusetts [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The proposed 420 MW offshore wind farm proposal from the Massachusetts-based Cape Wind Associates has undergone nearly three years of intense research to determine its potential effects on the area. During that time, the proposal has been met with both sincere anticipation from renewable energy proponents and fierce, organized opposition. The project now enters a new phase with the official completion of the 3,800 page Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) released by the Army Corps of Engineers. The report appears to assuage some persistent concerns that have been levied upon the project and may well be one of the project's last major hurdles before planning permission.
"This is great news for citizens hoping to turn decades of rhetoric into action on renewable energy." - Jim Gordon, President of Cape Wind
The report combines three years of scientific, environmental and economic analysis and includes the input of 17 federal and state cooperating agencies with inclusive public participation. The report's release will start a 60-day public comment period, during which four public hearings will be held. "This report is a big step toward greater energy independence, lower energy costs, new jobs and a healthier environment," said Jim Gordon, President of Cape Wind. "The release of this report represents a notable victory for an informed public dialogue during the permitting process given the sustained campaign by project opponents to keep this report from ever seeing the light of day. This is great news for citizens hoping to turn decades of rhetoric into action on renewable energy." The release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement follows two positive reports from the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and the Department of Energy that also found that the Cape Wind project would produce important energy, environmental and economic benefits for the region."Natural gas and oil prices have reached record heights; the Cape Wind DEIS is a timely reminder that we can take steps to fight back. Harnessing wind power will help propel us toward a healthier environment and increased energy security and independence," Gordon said.Cape Wind Associates, the project developers, outlined some notable findings in the US Army Corps of Engineers' DEIS:Energy Cape Wind would reduce energy costs in several ways. Energy produced by Cape Wind will displace an equivalent amount of energy that would otherwise have been needed from more expensive fossil fuel sources. Cape Wind will place downward pressure on the price of electricity in any given hour in the New England spot market for all consumers. By decreasing the region's overall dependence on, and demand for, natural gas, Cape Wind would save money for natural gas customers by helping to stabilize volatile gas price fluctuations. Cape Wind would reduce the cost of compliance with the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS) for Massachusetts electricity consumers. Cape Wind will also contribute to reducing the region's dependency on foreign oil.Economic The manufacturing, construction, and operation of Cape Wind would have a positive economic and fiscal impact on Barnstable County and on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and adjacent areas of Rhode Island. The report estimates that 600 to 1,000 new jobs would be created during the construction period.The combination of direct, indirect and induced effects of Cape Wind would generate permanent economic changes in Massachusetts during the operation phase, most of which would be concentrated in Barnstable County, that will result in annual permanent increases of the following: 154 jobs, $21.8 million in economic output; $10.2 million in value added; and, nearly $7 million in labor income.According to the United States Department of Energy, Cape Wind would also have economic benefits at the national level on the US economy in the range of $1.5 to $2.0 billion.There is no expected adverse impact upon local real estate prices or tourism. Cape Wind will likely have a negligible effect on the use of recreational resources and a positive effect on tourism in general for Cape Cod and the Islands. It is conceivable that the additional tourist activity could result in an increase in other recreational activities in the area.Air Quality, Health and Global Warming Cape Wind could significantly reduce the amount of pollution we breathe and help to reduce mercury emissions, ozone and acid rain in region. Cape Wind could have an annual cumulative beneficial effect on public health estimated at approximately $53 million dollars resulting from reduced power plant pollution.Cape Wind provides an opportunity, and an example of how to achieve a significant annual and long-term reduction of greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuel plants to help stem global warming. Cape Wind would offset approximately one million tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide annually.Fishing Cape Wind is not anticipated to have substantial impacts on commercial fishing activities currently occurring, since Cape Wind will not request any restrictions on fishing within the wind park during its operations and given the wide spacing between wind turbines and that the electric cables will be buried at a minimum depth of six feet. Temporary impacts to all vessels (including commercial fishing vessels) will be limited to the temporary confined work area around the cable and each wind turbine actively under construction during installation. Due to the wide spacing of the wind turbines, the physical presence of these structures should not interfere with recreational fishing activity, including maneuvering of recreational vessels or using recreational gear. The presence of the turbine foundations may in fact enhance recreational fishing for certain species such as Atlantic cod, black sea bass, and scup. Given that no substantial adverse impacts to finfish and commercial/recreational fishing are anticipated from Cape Wind, no net change in the socioeconomic condition of the fishing industry on the Cape and Islands is expected as a result of the wind park.Sea Navigation It is expected that the construction and operation of Cape Wind will not substantially adversely impact general commercial/recreational vessel navigation or ferry operations in this area of Nantucket Sound. The large spacing of the wind turbines of .34 nautical mile by .54 nautical mile would allow those vessels not restricted by depth to pass easily between the wind turbines. The risk of a vessel colliding with a wind turbine is low, given the Wind Park's location away from typical vessel routes, the small diameter of the towers, and the large spacing between the wind turbines.Air Navigation The FAA issued a Determination of No Hazard to air Navigation regarding Cape Wind. Specifically, the FAA found that Cape Wind would have no adverse impact upon: air navigation, communications, radar, control system facilities, air traffic operations enroute through Nantucket Sound under VFR conditions, air traffic operations inbound, outbound, or enroute through the Nantucket Sound airspace under IFR conditions.Ocean Ecology The wind turbine foundations will provide additional hard substrate habitat for benthic life (dwellers of the ocean floor) and may attract types of fish such as Atlantic cod, black sea bass and scup, however given the turbine spacing, these isolated structures will not substantially alter the ecology of Nantucket Sound.Modeling simulations to evaluate underwater sound during all phases of the project suggest that impacts to finfish from normal operation of the wind turbines would be minimal or non-existent.Temporary avoidance behavior in marine mammals and sea turtles in the project vicinity is expected during project construction, similar to avoidance behavior observed during heavy pleasure boat use, ferry traffic or heavy fishing activity. Underwater sound levels during construction at and beyond the 500 meter safety radius are below the level suggested by NMFS for preventing injury or harassment to marine mammals and sea turtles. Once operational, the presence of the wind farm is not expected to substantially impact marine mammal and sea turtle movement and populations.Birds At most wind power facilities, the numbers of bird fatalities have been low overall and are orders of magnitude smaller than from other human causes of bird fatalities. The estimated small number of birds killed by wind turbines is unlikely to cause bird population declines.Two federally-listed bird species (the endangered Roseate Tern and the threatened Piping Plover) were evaluated to determine if Cape Wind is likely to result in adverse impacts to these species as required by Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. Population modeling and analysis of potential impacts show that it is unlikely that biologically significant risks to these two avian species could result from the construction/decommissioning or operation/maintenance of Cape Wind.Detailed bird activity mapping in Nantucket Sound from radar, boat and aerial observations are provided in the DEIS. There is less bird activity over Horseshoe Shoal than in many other areas of Nantucket Sound.Sand and Ocean on Horseshoe Shoal The installation of the project will have a similar impact on the sea bottom of Horseshoe Shoal as is experienced during a storm, only in a more limited area. Cape Wind's operations will not substantially impact sand waves, currents, or waves in Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind will not have any measurable impact on water temperature.Visual The project will be visible from areas of the shoreline and from other areas of Nantucket Sound. Daytime and nighttime visual simulations from several points on shore are provided in the DEIS. The visual simulation and impact evaluation methods were applied conservatively, generally providing the most visible portrayal of the wind park. The simulations used clear sky conditions with almost no visual screening from topography or vegetation and they do not take into account the blocking effect of the curvature of the earth or haze on the horizon.Noise Based upon modeling, no noise impacts from the operations of the wind turbines are expected for boaters approaching Horseshoe Shoal. Boaters traveling within Horseshoe Shoal may hear wind turbine noise depending on their location, weather conditions, and on the amount of noise coming from their own boat. People onshore will not hear the operations of the wind turbines or the foghorns that will be used when needed for marine safety that will have a range of one half mile. At two shore locations, Point Gammon, and Cape Pogue, in certain weather conditions, some turbine foundation pile driving sounds may be slightly audible during the installation of the project.Alternative Sites An assessment and comparison of fossil fuel fired power plants as well as other types of renewable energy were made. Each was studied for reliability, the current status of the technology, its ability to serve regional need, and its associated environmental impacts. Fossil fuel power is reliable but produces unwanted air emissions which contribute to regional air quality issues. Biomass also produced air emissions. Solar is not economically suitable for a large scale generation project in New England. Wave and tidal technology require further development before they can be feasible for a large scale application in New England.Seventeen sites were evaluated in New England for wind power, eight upland locations and nine offshore locations. Through the preliminary screening of the 17 sites, six sites were selected for additional environmental review and comparison. Horseshoe Shoal was shown to be technically, environmentally and economically preferable to other alternative sites.
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Monday, December 06, 2004

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Venture capitalists start investing in clean technology companiesDuluth News Tribune, Minnesota - 12/06/2004
Local companies that have pulled in money during the past year include WindLogics, a St. Paul-based developer of software that enables wind-energy farms to predict weather patterns, and Varidigm Corp. of Plymouth, which is developing a heating furnace that conserves natural gas by operating continuously at slower speeds.
International Wind Energy Expert Joins WYSAK Advisory BoarddBusinessNews Seattle, Washington - 12/03/2004
As former Executive of the World's leading Wind Technology Company, Vestas, Mr. Kjaer's responsibility involved the development of 18 Wind Power projects throughout Finland and Poland, valued at over $2.5 billion. Vestas is currently responsible for over one quarter of the World's wind power project developments. Mr. Kjaer is an internationally recognized expert in Wind Power. Decades of Mr. Kjaer's experience in the European wind energy sector will ensure Wysak's product and technology integration in European energy markets.
Puget Sound Energy to buy 2nd wind farmDaily Record, Washington - 12/03/2004
Puget Sound Energy will purchase its second wind power project, this one in Columbia County 15 miles northeast of Dayton, according to an announcement on Wednesday. Once constructed and operating, the project is expected to bring the utility's proposed ownership of wind energy to nearly 400 megawatts.
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Wind Industry Bids to Win Over DoubtersOnlypunjab.com, United Kingdom - 11/28/2004
The European wind energy industry, thriving as climate change tops the global agenda, says it could eventually supply all the continent's electricity, but must first overcome public resistance over eyesore turbines.
Wind industry bids to win over doubtersNew Zealand Herald, United Kingdom - 11/28/2004
The European wind energy industry, thriving as climate change tops the global agenda, says it could eventually supply all the continent's electricity, but must first overcome public resistance over eyesore turbines. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), which held its annual meeting in London this week, projected that offshore "wind farms" covering an area the size of Greece could meet Europe's electricity needs with no greenhouse gas emissions.
WINDFARM TO QUADRUPLECumbria Online, United Kingdom - 11/17/2004
A WINDFARM in West Cumbria is poised to almost quadruple in size by Christmas. Two Cumbrian firms have been contracted to take the number of turbines at Winscales, near Workington, from three to 11. Ken Hope’s civil engineering business at Rockcliffe, Carlisle, and Barrow-based electrical engineers Agrilek have three-month contracts for the work. The first three turbines were built on East Town End Farm five years ago despite strong opposition from parishioners. The new turbines are being supplied by Danish company Vestas-Celtic.
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The winds of WigtonJamaica Gleaner, Jamaica - 08/03/2004
The country is depending on imported oil for well over 90 per cent of its current and growing energy needs. Riding on the winds of change, the Prime Minister last Thursday officially opened the Wigton Windfarm in Manchester. Wigton is reputedly one of the most efficient windfarms anywhere in the world. Warming to the theme of energy conservation, Mr. Patterson used the occasion to announce that the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and the Airports Authority of Jamaica are moving together to make the Norman Manley International Airport a model of energy efficiency as the most energy-efficient building in Jamaica.
Wigton windfarm adds 20.7 megawatts of power to national gridJamaica Observer, Jamaica - 07/31/2004
PRIME Minister P J Patterson says the opening of the Wigton Windfarm in Central Manchester marks the first major step in almost tripling renewable energy usage in Jamaica within seven years. Patterson, who was speaking at the commissioning of the windfarm on Thursday, said the government wanted to increase renewable energy as the global jump in oil prices has been "impacting negatively on Jamaica's inflation, its rate of exchange, and is increasing airfares which in turn could reduce tourism arrivals".
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Wind power poised for rapid growthSify, India - 12/06/2004
Hyderabad: Wind power generation in the country is poised for a major growth in the coming years. Venture capitalists, who hesitated to fund wind power projects a decade ago, are now going out of their way to finance wind energy initiatives, according to Dr M.P. Ramesh, Executive Director of the Chennai-based Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET).
‘Vestas tipped to win big order in India’Financial Express, India - 11/23/2004
Denmark’s Vestas, the world’s biggest wind-turbine maker, stands to win a major order to deliver turbines in India, Danish financial weekly Okonomisk Ugebrev reported on Monday. The order is for the supply of 250 megawatts, which is more than Vestas delivered to the Indian market in the whole of 2003, the paper reported.
Vestas RRB to add 100 mw of wind energySify, India - 11/17/2004
Vestas RRB India, an independent power producer (IPP) based on wind energy, will generate an additional 100 mw of power before March 31, 2005 by setting up wind farms in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, its managing director Rakesh Bakshi said today. Vestas RRB, an Indo-Danish joint venture, now generates 350 mw of power through its wind farms in seven states in the country including Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Kerala.
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Iberdrola Plans to Build Wind-Energy Parks in Mexico, BrazilBloomberg, Brazil - 11/17/2004
The Madrid- and Bilbao-based company will build 100 megawatts of wind generation in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, enough to light a city of 100,000 people, and another 50 megawatts in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte, the company said today in an e-mailed statement. The parks will start operations in 2006.
Aeolic energy for gasoline stationMercoPress, Uruguay - 07/20/2004
Under the name of “El Patag√≥n”, the Brazilian oil company Petrobras inaugurated this weekend the first gasoline station in Patagonia that functions with a combination of conventional and Aeolic (wind) energy. Windy Patagonia is Argentina’s leading region in developing aeolic energy and between 7 and 10% of Comodoro Rivadavia’s electricity is generated by the country’s largest park of wind turbines.
FALKLAND ISLANDS GOVERNMENT ANNUAL RECEPTIONFalkland Islands News Network, Falkland Islands - 06/17/2004
We are exploring the potential for aquaculture, expanding renewable energy sources through harnessing wind power and continuing the search for oil and other minerals, which is currently experiencing heightened interest from investors.
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Community invited to wind farm meetingsABC Online, Australia - 11/23/2004
A series of community meetings will be held to discuss plans for a controversial wind farm along the Molonglo Ridge, south of Queanbeyan. The company behind the proposal, EHN Oceania, will hold meetings in Carwoola, Burra, Lyons and Queanbeyan starting next week. EHN Oceania wants to build a 60 turbine wind farm along about 10 kilometres of ridge line. The company's Stephanie Rice says the meetings will give residents the chance to express their views and to learn more about the project. "This is just the start of consultation and we're really inviting people to come and find out more and then follow along with us throughout the studies," she said.
Last of turbines installed on hillManawatu Standard, New Zealand - 10/19/2004
A window of clear weather on Saturday morning gave the building teams at Te Apiti wind farm a chance to "top off" the last of the field's 55 turbines. It brought to an end a six-month building phase, started with the April arrival of the turbine and the giant 400-tonne mobile crane that's been creeping about the site's roads. Preparation work began in January, and was knocked back by the February floods. The last 10 turbines are expected to be commissioned by the end of the month, making Te Apiti's full potential of 90MW available to the national grid.
Council rejects Kemmiss Hill wind farm planABC Online, Australia - 10/15/2004
Origin Energy says it is committed to establishing wind farms in suitable areas of South Australia despite having its application for a farm at Kemmiss Hill, south of Adelaide, rejected by the Yankalilla Council. The council says the farm, which was to include 15 turbines, two wind monitoring masts and a sub-station, would have had a negative impact on the area's visual amenity and character. Origin Energy says it will continue to seek out sites in South Australia for wind farms.
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Walvis Bay to Lead the Way With Wind-Generated PowerAllAfrica.com, Namibia - 09/16/2004
WALVIS BAY will become the first urban centre in Namibia to make use of wind generated power. The harbour town's Council recently approved a N$2,2 million project for the installation of a 100 kilowatt generator near the Mile 7 reservoir east of Walvis Bay on the way to Rooibank. Gerhard Coeln, General Manager for Energy at the municipality told The Namibian that the completion of the installation of the first generator was expected from August 2005 onwards. "Once the donor money have been received and contracts are in place the project will start immediately."
Blowing Life into Rural KenyaIslam Online, Kenya - 07/26/2004
Jeff Odera smiles contentedly as he gazes at his newly installed wind generator at his home on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. “I am pleased to have access to a reliable personal power and I feel highly relieved from worrying about costly electricity and kerosene bills,” he says. Odera, who does not have access to grid electricity, bought the wind generator dubbed the ‘wind cruiser’ from a Nairobi-based firm known as Craftskills Enterprises at 590 US Dollars. He says the machine produces enough energy to provide lighting to his homestead and power household electric appliances. Craftskills Enterprises started working on wind power machines in 2001 and so far has been able to manufacture wind generators and their accessories, which are sold all over the country.
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North Carolina Economic Development
Offshore wind farms are wind developments located in submerged lands, lands that are owned by state and federal governments. Local communities can benefit directly and indirectly from offshore wind facilities once a system is established that will channel monies to these affected local communities. An increase in local services to support new jobs created from offshore wind farm development, a preferential bidding system, and existing community development programs are some ways in which a local community could benefit indirectly.

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The Effect of Wind Development on Local Property Values
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North Carolina Offshore Wind Permitting
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The Effect of Wind Development on Local Property Values
REPP's study concludes that the statistical evidence does not support a contention that property values within the view shed of wind developments suffer or perform poorer than in a comparable region.

Wind Energy for Electric Power
This REPP issue brief presents a general background on utility-scale wind power and provides a solid foundation for further understanding of the technical, economic, and policy dimensions of wind power development world wide.

Blending Wind and Solar into the Diesel Generator Market
This report discusses how the "distributed generation" market is dominated by diesel generators and how the incorporation of wind and solar energy technologies into the market can reduce the number of diesel generators used and reduce NOX and CO2 emissions.

Cooperative Wind: How Co-Ops and Advocates Expanded Wind Power in Minnesota
Studies how a rural electric cooperative (REC) and local renewable energy advocates in Minnesota began an effort to bring wind power to local consumers.

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FOCUS THIS MONTH:Renewables policy upheaval threatens in Europe
Dull and distant as EU policies and politics are generally perceived, they have probably had the most positive impact on the growth of wind power of any market influence in the world. But with a new European Commissioner for energy and a new European Parliament, there is no guarantee that will continue. For a start, the new parliament's energy committee... More
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Wind energy is now world-scale

Over 4200 participants from 44 countries attended the recent four-day 2004 European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC) in London.255 companies exhibited, 220 speakers and chairmen presented in 40 scientific, technical, business and policy sessions alongside 300 poster presentations, reinforcing EWEC's reputation as Europe's premier wind energy event. The next EWEC will take place in Athens, Greece, from 27 Feb - 02 March 2006.

Press Release 2004 EWEC website
25-Nov-2004



Offshore wind: Europe’s major indigenous energy source could satisfy all of Europe’s electricity demand

Whilst land-based wind farms will continue to provide the core contribution to ongoing development, the new frontier for wind energy is offshore, said the European Wind Energy Association at 2004 EWEC, the wind industry conference in London today. "EWEA's expectation is that by 2010 up to 10,000 MW of offshore wind capacity could be operating around European coasts", said Corin Millais, CEO of EWEA.

Press Release Wind Directions Focus
24-Nov-2004


EWEA publishes main data about wind power industry

EWEA has released 5 main factsheets that provide essential reading about wind power core data on the following topics: current status of the wind industry; future prospects for wind power markets; wind power and the environment; economics; and technology.

Future Prospects Economy Environment Current Status
23-Nov-2004


2004 EWEC: Total installed wind power worldwide could quadruple from 40 GW to 160 GW by 2012

European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) scenarios show that the future prospects of the global wind industry are promising and in 6 years the total wind power installed worldwide could quadruple from 40GW to 160GW by 2012. EWEA's scenarios assess the potential for global wind energy development to 2012 and examine the future shape of the international wind power market.

Press Release
23-Nov-2004



EWEA and WindEnergy International Trade Fair continue successful cooperation

Following successful cooperation in 2004, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) will once more be the official international cooperation partner at WindEnergy 2006 - International Trade Fair in Hamburg. Dietmar Aulich, Managing Director of the Hamburg Fair, Corin Millais, CEO of EWEA, and Arthouros Zervos, President of EWEA, signed an agreement on cooperation at the European Wind Energy Conference in London today.

Press Release WindEnergy website
22-Nov-2004


Wind power on course to become major European energy source by end of the decade

The European wind industry is capable of reaching a target of 75,000 MW of wind power by 2010, said industry leaders as over 4,000 participants gathered for the European Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition (EWEC).28,500MW has been built to date in Europe. The European Wind Energy Association's target of 75 GW would provide electricity equal to the needs of 86 million Europeans, deliver one third of all new EU generation capacity and meet one third of the EU's total Kyoto commitment by 2010.

Press Release Corin Millais' Speech Wind Directions Viewpoint 2004 EWEC website
22-Nov-2004


EWEA publishes Position Paper on the future of EU Support Systems for the Promotion of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) supports the intention to eventually adopt support mechanisms for renewable electricity that are compatible with an undistorted Internal Market. However, any shift to a Community-wide mechanism must be well prepared, and follow after effective competition in the Internal Electricity Market has been achieved.

Press Release Policy Briefing
18-Nov-2004


Energy: Effective Competition in conventional power is a myth in European Power Markets

Effective competition in the European power markets is just a myth: there is no real competition on more than 90% of the EU electricity market, and unless the current distortions in the emerging Internal Electricity Market are overcome, there will be no effective Internal Renewable Electricity Market for Renewables to compete in, according to a briefing released today by EREC, the European Renewable Energy Council.

Press Release Policy Briefing
16-Nov-2004


UK Looks for 8,000 MW On Land and Offshore

With a series of large projects recently gaining consent for construction, the UK wind industry is aiming to contribute 80% of the government's target for renewables in 2010. Altogether this year, thirty projects with a total capacity of over 770 MW have been given the go-ahead. But the challenge now is to turn those permits into turbines in the ground, finally proving that the UK can capitalise on its status as Europe's windiest country.

Focus on UK article
15-Nov-2004



Wind Power Costs - the Facts Within the Fiction

Wind power is often criticized as being economically "uncompetitive". Yet the real cost of wind power has decreased dramatically - by 50% over 15 years - and that trend is set to continue.Wind power is undergoing rapid development, from a European as well as a global perspective. Within the past 10 years, the global installed capacity of wind power has increased more than tenfold. This has seen it rise from approximately 2.8 GW, as of 1993, to just under 40 GW at the end of 2003...

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6-Oct-2004



Declaration maps out the future for offshore

"For the first time, representatives from Governments, Energy Agencies, NGOs and industry have agreed on the essential elements that are necessary to unlock the potential of Europe´s massive offshore wind energy resources", said Corin Millais, CEO of the European Wind Energy Association, EWEA. "This is a great leap forward for offshore wind power in Europe".

Press Release Declaration
1-Oct-2004


Security of energy supply: offshore wind can be the answer to Europe’s energy crunch

Europe’s energy imports are set to rise from 50 to 70%, while demand for oil and gas is increasing worldwide and at the same time supply is constrained. The offshore wind power industry has the potential of developing into an industry the same size as the offshore oil and gas. Industry estimates from the European Wind Energy Association, EWEA, show that a sea area of 150,000 square kilometres with a water depth of less than 35 metres for offshore wind could provide enough power to satisfy all of Europe’s electricity demand.

Press Release Viewpoint Focus on Offshore
27-Sep-2004


World Renewable Energy leaders announce China wind push

During four days of discussions in Beijing, Greenpeace, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA) have formed an historic partnership, committing themselves to ensuring that wind power plays a key role in China's energy future. Due to rapid economic growth, China has faced power shortages and a huge increase in energy imports in recent months. The groups pledged to assist China to "meet, if not exceed, the new Renewable Energy targets" it announced in Germany in June.

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15-Sep-2004

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Give the Gift of a Cleaner Environment With our "Windy" Gift List
18 November, 2004 - What could be a better present for our loved ones than unspoiled nature in all its beauty? Still, it’s a little hard to wrap. So, to make things easier, the American Wind Energy Association would like to provide a small sample of the items that are now being made with electricity from wind power, a pollution-free, clean, domestic resource. AWEA News Release
Tax Credit Extension Puts Wind Energy Back to Work: 2005 Expected to Break Capacity Installation Records
28 October, 2004 - With the extension of the federal wind energy production tax credit in September, capacity installations in 2005 look likely to beat all previous records, AWEA said today in its quarterly U.S. market outlook. The previous high for new wind power capacity installations in one year was 1,696 megawatts in 2001. Most industry participants agree that 2005 will be a better year, with some predicting installations to exceed 2,500 MW. AWEA News Release
Wind Power Development Can Create Thousands of Manufacturing Jobs in States Hardest Hit by Recent Job Losses, Study Finds
13 October, 2004 - Boosting U.S. wind energy installations to approximately eight times today's levels could create 150,000 manufacturing jobs nationwide, with most jobs being added in the 20 states that have lost the most over the past three years, according to a report released today by the Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP). AWEA News Release
U.S. Wind Industry Releases Guide to Facilitate Creation of Utility Green Power Programs
4 October 2004 - To help utilities large and small navigate their way through the green power market AWEA has published the Green Pricing Resource Guide, designed to introduce power providers to all the concepts they need to be aware of to create a successful green pricing program. The guide is being released on the first day of the Ninth National Green Power Marketing Conference being held in Albany, N.Y. Organized by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions, this conference features experts from the field exploring strategies to increase the development of renewable energy resources through customer choice. AWEA News Release
Renewable Portfolio Standard Adopted by New York State
24 September 2004 - AWEA applauds the New York Public Service Commission, PSC Chairman Flynn and Governor Pataki for their efforts in promoting and adopting a Renewable Portfolio Standard for New York. The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) adopted on Wednesday will establish the state as a leader in the field of renewable energy and ensure that by 2013 New York citizens get 25 percent of their electricity from clean, renewable energy sources such as wind power. AWEA News Release
Wind Energy Tax Incentive Wins Extension to End of 2005
24 September 2004 - Washington, D.C.--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said today that the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC)--a critical factor in financing new wind power installations--will be reinstated through 2005 as part of a major tax package (H.R. 1308) extending a number of individual and business tax provisions. The House and Senate approved the bill last night, and President Bush is expected to sign it into law. The PTC provides a 1.5 cent-per-kilowatt-hour tax credit (adjusted annually for inflation) for electricity generated with wind turbines. AWEA News Release
Second Quarter Market Report: American Wind Industry Needs Consistent Business Environment to Bring Wind Power's Promise to the Country
10 August 2004 - Wind projects totaling more than 2,000 megawatts (MW) in capacity - enough to power more than half a million American homes - are awaiting the expected renewal of a major federal tax incentive, AWEA said today in its quarterly U.S. market outlook. New projects in the pipeline amount to more than $2 billion in business, said AWEA executive director Randall Swisher, and they are ready to provide millions of dollars of badly-needed tax revenues and hundreds of skilled jobs to rural counties around the nation, once Congress renews the wind energy production tax credit (PTC). AWEA News Release
New York Governor's Renewable Energy Initiative Takes Big Step Forward
4 June 2004 - AWEA today welcomed the Recommended Decision by a New York Administrative Law Judge on the renewable energy requirement announced by Governor George Pataki to generate 25% of New York's electricity from renewable sources by 2013, up from about 18% today. The decision comes on the heels of announcements regarding two large wind energy projects in the state: the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is finalizing the selection of a developer to construct a 140-MW offshore wind farm, and the NY Public Service Commission (PSC) recently provided the necessary approvals for a 300-MW wind project in up-state New York. AWEA News Release
AWEA Statement for Bonn "Renewables 2004" Conference
1 June 2004 - AWEA supports the efforts of the International Renewable Energy Conference ("Renewables 2004") to promote renewable energy to help reduce the threat of climate change. The statement draws attention to several characteristics of wind power as it is developing in the U.S., which underscore the potential of this technology to provide a large share of the country's — and the world's — power, while delivering compound environmental and economic benefits. AWEA calls for a number of actions to remove barriers to large-scale development of wind power in the U.S. AWEA Statement
First Quarter Report: Wind Industry Trade Group Sees Little to No Growth in 2004, Following Near-Record Expansion in 2003
12 May 2004 - The balance of 2004 looks like a difficult period for the U.S. wind energy industry. AWEA said today that it is forecasting little to no growth in installed wind generating capacity this year, compared with a near-record 1,687 megawatts (MW) (enough to serve nearly 500,000 homes) of new capacity installed in 2003. AWEA News Release
Investment in Energy Infrastructure is Critically Needed, Broad-Ranging Coalition Tells Senate Leaders
30 April 2004 - Over 100 companies and national organizations called upon the Senate leadership today to take immediate action on S.1637, the “JOBS" bill. Organizations joining the letter represent every aspect of the American economy ranging from agriculture and manufacturing to home building and renewable technologies. The group emphasized that the bill’s provisions encouraging investment in domestic energy supply and infrastructure are "critical to US economic recovery." AWEA News Release
Trade Group Welcomes Maryland Clean Energy Bill
15 April 2004 - AWEA welcomes the passage by the Maryland legislature of a forward-looking bill that calls for a growing share of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources like the wind and sun. AWEA Statement
AWEA Applauds North American Energy Summit for Focus on Renewable Energy
14 April 2004 - AWEA applauds New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the Western Governors Association and the organizers of the North American Energy Summit in Albuquerque for focusing attention on the critical energy issues facing the Western United States and the entire nation. AWEA Statement
Largest-Ever Global Wind Industry Conference Highlights Advances in Technology, Calls on Governments to Lift Barriers to Large-Scale Expansion of Wind Power
31 March 2004 - The global wind energy industry today concluded its largest conference in history, hosting more than 3,600 attendees at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois. It was the first time the global wind industry has met in the United States. AWEA News Release
Wind Energy Comes of Age: Global Wind Energy Sector Celebrates Success, Tackles Challenges
25 March 2004 - The wind energy industry celebrated a near-record breaking year in 2003, adding more than 8,000 megawatts (MW) of wind energy capacity in more than two dozen nations. The new wind sector investment is worth $9 billion, up from $7 billion in 2002. The total world capacity of 39,294MW provides enough to power the equivalent of 9 million average American homes. AWEA News Release
Leaders Recognized for Key Roles in Advancing Wind Energy Markets
24 March 2004 - AWEA will recognize a diverse group of business leaders, advocates, and policymakers as the most influential voices in the development of the wind power industry at the Global WINDPOWER 2004 Conference and Exhibition. Global WINDPOWER 2004 is the first worldwide wind industry event to be held in the U.S. It will take place in Chicago, Ill., March 28-31, and feature over 220 exhibitors and pavilions, and over 3,000 expected attendees. Some $9 billion in global investment flowed into wind power projects in 2003. AWEA News Release
Global WINDPOWER 2004 to Highlight Financing Issues
15 March 2004 - The upcoming Global WINDPOWER 2004 Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for Chicago, Ill., March 28-31, will feature four sessions on financing of wind energy projects as part of a new strategic initiative by the American Wind Energy Association to encourage investment in this emerging industry. AWEA News Release.
Global Wind Power Growth Continues to Strengthen
10 March 2004 - The global wind power industry installed 8,133 megawatts in 2003, according to figures released today by the American Wind Energy Association and European Wind Energy Association, bringing the world's total wind power generating capacity to 39,294 MW. Joint AWEA/EWEA News Release
Unusual Alliance Hopes to Keep Bats out of Wind Turbines
4 March 2004 - Conservationists, industry officials and federal agencies are joining forces to address an unexpected side effect of renewable wind energy. Bats in some parts of the country show an unexplained tendency to collide with the blades of wind turbines. AWEA News Release
BOOM: 2003 Close to Best Year Ever for New Wind Installations BUST: Expiration of Key Incentive Lowers Hopes for 2004
22 January 2004 - Nearly 1,700 megawatts of new wind electric generating capacity — enough to serve approximately 425,000 average homes — were installed in the U.S. in 2003, AWEA said today. AWEA News Release
Most Presidential Candidates Strongly Support Wind Power Development in the U.S., Trade Group Finds
16 January 2004 - The majority of Presidential candidates in the Democratic party strongly support a range of policies to develop wind energy in the U. S., according to the results of a survey distributed by AWEA and released today. AWEA News Release
Give a Gift of a Cleaner Environment with AWEA's "Windy" Gift List
9 December 2003 - Gourmet coffee, hot sauce, beauty products -- these are just a few of the gifts you can give this holiday season with benefits that go beyond the gift itself, helping lead the way to a cleaner environment by harnessing the wind, a pollution-free, domestic resource. AWEA News Release
Energy Bill Stalls in Congress; Wind Production Tax Credit Will Expire
25 November 2003 - The wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) will expire at the end of next month without being extended, causing yet another damaging "boom-and-bust" cycle for the industry, AWEA said today. Congressional leaders announced last night that they were shelving the wide-ranging energy bill until next year over unresolved regional and partisan disagreements. AWEA News Release
Wind Group Raises Forecast for New Power Plant Installations
20 August 2003 - AWEA reported today that the U.S. looks likely to install 1,400-1,600 MW of new wind power this year, reducing demand for natural gas and bringing new jobs and tax revenues to cash-strapped states, while at the same time helping to achieve cleaner air. AWEA warned that the wind industry's future beyond year's end will be strongly influenced by whether Congress extends the wind production tax credit (PTC) scheduled to expire Dec. 31. AWEA News Release
U.S. Senate Makes History, Again, By Passing National Renewable Portfolio Standard
1 August 2003 - AWEA applauded last night’s passage of the 2002 Senate energy bill that includes a national renewable energy portfolio standard along with other key policy measures sought by the U.S. wind energy industry. The bill's RPS provision requires 10% of the nation’s electricity to come from new renewable energy sources by 2020. In addition, the bill includes a three-year extension of the wind energy production tax credit (PTC) and a provision establishing a Small Turbine Investment Credit (STIC) for homes and farms installing small wind generators. AWEA News Release
Wind Energy Can Relieve Natural Gas Shortage
18 June 2003 - Wind energy is already helping to reduce the current natural gas supply shortage in the US, and could be deployed rapidly over the next few years to bring it under control, according to AWEA. The current supply shortage amounts to 3-4 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day (Bcf/day), according to energy experts, and the increasing use of gas for electricity generation is one of the major causes of the shortfall. But in many areas of the country where wind farms are generating electricity, they are directly helping to conserve vital natural gas supplies. AWEA News Release
American Wind Industry Closes Largest-Ever Conference and Exhibition
21 May 2003 - The American wind energy industry today concluded its largest, and most successful, conference and exhibition in history, hosting more than 3,400 attendees at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Texas is the nation’s second largest wind power production market with more than 1,095 megawatts of wind supplying power for the equivalent of more than 300,000 Texas homes. AWEA News Release
Wind Farms Do Not Hurt Property Values, Study Finds
20 May 2003 - Commercial-scale wind turbines do not appear to harm "viewshed" property values, according to a study the Renewable Energy Policy Project presented on May 20 at WINDPOWER 2003, the annual Conference and Exhibition of the American Wind Energy Association in Austin, Texas. The study is the first to systematically examine the charge often voiced by wind farm opponents that wind development will lower the value of property within view of the turbines. AWEA News Release
Largest Wind Energy Conference in US to Use Wind Power Tags to Avoid Pollution Caused by Electricity Use
13 May, 2003 - Green Mountain Energy Company will donate enough Texas Wind Energy Tags to make electricity use at the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER 2003 Conference in Austin, Texas 100 percent pollution-free. Joint News Release
U.S. Wind Industry on Track to Grow More than 25% in 2003
8 May 2003 - The American Wind Energy Association reported today that the U.S. wind energy industry is on track to install 1,100 - 1,400 MW of new capacity this year, despite the power generation industry's generally poor outlook. The growth that is underway across the country is expected to boost U.S. installed wind power capacity from current levels of close to 4,700 MW to approximately 6,000 MW (enough to serve 1.5 million homes). AWEA News Release
WINDPOWER 2003 To Be Industry's Biggest Gathering in U.S.
23 April 2003 - With less than one month until the start of the U.S. wind energy industry’s largest-ever annual meeting, the American Wind Energy Association today announced the featured speakers lineup for the WINDPOWER 2003 Conference and Exhibition. WINDPOWER 2003 will take place at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas May 18-21, 2003. AWEA News Release
Iowa Utility Announces World's Largest Wind Farm
25 March, 2003 - AWEA today praised MidAmerican Energy, Iowa's largest utility, for its announcement to build a 310-megawatt (MW) wind facility in the state. The project would become the world's largest land-based wind plant, if completed before a proposed expansion of the 300-MW Stateline facility currently in operation in the Pacific Northwest. AWEA News Release
Record Growth for Global Wind Power in 2002
3 March 2003 - A record 6,868 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity was installed worldwide in 2002, increasing generating capacity by 28% last year, according to new figures released from the American Wind Energy Association and European Wind Energy Association. Wind power technology worth €6.8 billion ($7.3 billion) was installed globally in 2002, driving total wind power installation to over 31,000 MW, enough to power 7.5 million average American homes (16 million average European homes). AWEA/EWEA News Release
Los Angeles Mayor Announces Plans for 120-Megawatt Wind Facility
3 February 2003 - AWEA today commended Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn for his proposal to construct a new 120-megawatt wind energy facility in the Mojave Desert. When completed in the summer of 2004, the facility will produce clean, renewable electricity for as many as 100,000 customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest public utility. AWEA News Release
U.S. Wind Industry Turns in Another Solid Year of Growth
23 January 2003 - U.S. installed wind electric generating capacity expanded by nearly 10% during 2002, with 410 megawatts (MW) of new equipment going into service (enough to meet the annual needs of approximately 120,000 average American homes). At year's end, wind plants in 27 states across the country totaled 4,685 MW, enough to serve more than 1.3 million households. AWEA News Release
Long Island Power Issues Request for Proposals for Offshore Wind Power
22 January 2003 - AWEA welcomed the request for proposals for offshore wind power issued today by the Long Island Power Authority. The announcement came two weeks after New York Governor George Pataki called for a major statewide expansion of renewable energy, and bodes well for the future of wind power in New York and the Northeast, according to the group. AWEA News Release
Governor Pataki Announces Renewable Energy Goals for New York State
8 January 2003 - AWEA praised New York Gov. George Pataki for his commitment to a major statewide expansion of renewable energy. The trade group said the measure, a renewables portfolio standard (RPS), will ensure that more electricity is generated from wind, biomass and other domestic, non-polluting, and renewable sources. The policy was unveiled today in the Governor’s State of the State address. AWEA News Release
Wind Industry Sees Progress, Asks Regulators to Drive Ahead on Policies to Open Market to New, Clean Energy Sources
23 December 2002 - AWEA called today for faster progress on federal policies to ensure that power from new, renewable sources like wind has a fair chance to compete in the nation's electricity markets. The wind industry trade group estimates that several thousand megawatts of ‘new’ transmission capacity could be obtained in the Midwest alone without building new transmission lines by implementing a series of reforms outlined in a new white paper. AWEA News Release
Advocacy Group Launches Second Phase of Campaign Educating California Consumers About Small Wind Systems
13 September 2002 - AWEA launched the second phase of a campaign this week to educate consumers about the economic and environmental benefits of owning a small wind turbine. A mailing to 35,000 California households is a follow-up to a 65,000-piece mailing sent out this past spring to residents of Alameda, Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties. Approximately 8,800 new potential small wind turbine owners are being contacted. AWEA News Release
Wind Industry Completes Largest-Ever Conference and Exhibition in Portland, Oregon
6 June 2002 - The American wind energy industry today wraps up its most successful meeting ever, hosting more than 2,000 attendees at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., in the WINDPOWER 2002 Conference and Exhibition, the largest wind energy meeting in American history. AWEA News Release
FERC Chairman, Senators Bingaman & Reid to be Honored for Energy Leadership by Wind Industry
30 May 2002 - AWEA has selected Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Patrick Wood III and Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Harry Reid (D-NV) as recipients of the Federal and Congressional Leadership Awards for 2002. The national trade association for the wind industry will honor the three at the upcoming WINDPOWER 2002 Conference in Portland, Oregon for “providing leadership that benefits consumers, the electric industry, and the environment.” AWEA News Release
NY Public Service Commission Approves Niagara Mohawk Green Marketing Program
23 May 2002 - Approval of Niagara Mohawk's Green Marketing program will allow electric customers to buy electric power from wind, solar, and biomass generators through their electric bills. The agreement between renewable energy companies, environmental groups, and Niagara Mohawk resulted from the Commission’s recent approval of the merger of Niagara Mohawk and National Grid. Independent “green power marketers” will start offering brand-name renewable energy products to Niagara Mohawk customers beginning in August or September of 2002. AWEA News Release
Who's Who of Energy Industry to Address Energy Policy Issues at WINDPOWER 2002
22 May 2002 - The WINDPOWER 2002 Conference and Exhibition, the largest-ever American wind industry meeting June 2-5 in Portland, Oregon, will feature a series of guest speakers that represents a virtual Who's Who of energy policy and industry leadership from across the country. The conference will provide an opportunity for these national leaders to discuss the role of wind energy in the United States and the challenges facing both government and the private sector in the development of an integrated energy policy for the 21st century. AWEA News Release.
Wind Industry To Use Green Power at Largest-Ever Conference and Exhibition
17 May 2002 - The WINDPOWER 2002 Conference and Exhibition, the U.S. wind energy industry's premier business gathering, will use "green tags" donated by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to offset pollution from the conference's electricity consumption, AWEA announced today. The green tags are generated from the Stateline, Condon, and Foote Creek wind farms in Washington, Oregon, and Wyoming. They represent the production of 45,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, the amount needed to provide power for the event. AWEA News Release.
Wind Industry Looks to Largest Ever U.S. Meeting
9 May 2002 - The WINDPOWER 2002 Conference and Exhibition, the U.S. wind energy industry's premier business gathering, will take place in Portland, Oregon, June 2-5. Organized by AWEA and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, WINDPOWER 2002 will feature the largest exhibition of wind energy companies ever assembled in the U.S., with over 85 exhibitors from 29 states and five foreign countries and a list of guest speakers that represents a virtual Who's Who of energy policy and industry leadership from across the country. AWEA News Release
Wind Advocacy Group Launches Campaign to Educate California Consumers about Small Wind
2 May 2002 - The American Wind Energy Association and the California Energy Commission launched a campaign this week to educate consumers about the benefits of owning a small wind system and the state incentives that exist to encourage California consumers to generate their own electricity. Several California state programs have recently come into effect that make installing a home wind system cheaper and easier than ever before. AWEA News Release
U.S. Senate Makes History by Passing Renewables Portfolio Standard
25 April 2002 - The U.S. Senate passed a federal renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) and a full five-year extension of the wind energy production tax credit (PTC) as part of the broad energy bill, S. 517. The bill would require that an additional 1% of the nation's electricity come from new renewable energy sources by 2005 and total 10% by 2020 and would create a new investment tax credit for small wind systems. The bill now goes to a joint House-Senate conference committee. The House bill, H.R. 4, has no RPS provision, but does include a five-year PTC extension. AWEA News Release
Global Windpower Conference Heralds Major Clean Energy Expansion
2 April 2002 - The wind energy market could reach 60,000 megawatts (MW) worldwide over the next five years, more than doubling its present output, the first Global Windpower conference and exhibition heard today in Paris. AWEA News Release
FERC Endorses Fair Treatment of Wind in Wholesale Electricity Markets
28 March 2002 - A ruling issued March 27 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, makes it possible for wind plant owners to ship the electricity they generate to buyers over the transmission system without being subject to heavy non-cost-based penalties because they cannot predict, days or hours in advance, precisely how much transmission capacity they will need. Wind energy should benefit substantially. AWEA News Release
Wind Energy Heralds Defeat of Amendment to Strip RPS Provisions from Bill
21 March 2002 - The American Wind Energy Association today praised members of the U.S. Senate for rejecting a proposed amendment by Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) to strike provisions in the energy bill, S. 517, to establish a federal renewable energy portfolio standard ("renewables portfolio standard," or RPS). The energy bill proposes a renewable energy standard of 10% by 2020, starting with a requirement of 1% new renewables by 2005 and increasing slowly each year thereafter. AWEA News Release
Wind Energy Grew Globally at Record Clip in 2001
19 March 2002 - The global wind energy industry added the largest amounts ever to wind farm installations last year, the American Wind Energy Association said in a markets report released today. Some 6,500 new megawatts (MW) of wind power generating capacity -- enough to meet the needs of 1.6 million American homes -- were installed in the course of 2001, a record amount for the industry and more than 50% higher than the previous year's record. AWEA News Release
New Corporate Players Could Power Stronger Growth in Wind Energy
13 March 2002 - As the U.S. Senate continues consideration of national energy legislation, the American wind energy industry is the focus of growing interest by major players in the energy field. The industry is receiving a boost not only from the recent two-year extension of the federal wind energy production tax credit (PTC), which was signed into law March 9, but from a series of announcements by utilities, oil companies, and other firms that they see wind energy in their future. AWEA News Release
Wind Energy Tax Credit Extended for Two Years
8 March 2002 - The wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) -- an important factor in financing new wind power installations -- will be extended for two years as part of a slimmed-down economic stimulus and unemployment insurance bill (H.R. 3090) approved by the House (3/7) and Senate (3/8). President Bush has stated that he will sign the bill into law. The PTC provides a 1.5 cent-per-kilowatt-hour tax credit (adjusted annually for inflation) for electricity generated with wind turbines. AWEA News Release
Paris Hosts Global Conference and Exhibition on Wind Power
7 March, 2002 - On April 2nd, the global wind energy sector will gather at the 2002 Global Windpower Conference and Exhibition in Paris, under the high patronage of Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic. This first truly global wind power event, organized by the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers’ Association, the American Wind Energy Association and the European Wind Energy Association, takes place after another record year for the global wind power industry. AWEA News Release
U.S. Wind Industry Ends Most Productive Year
15 January, 2002 - The U.S. wind energy industry installed nearly 1,700 megawatts (MW) or $1.7 billion worth of new generating equipment in 16 states, according to AWEA. The final tally of 1,694 MW was more than double the previous record year of 1999, when 732 MW was installed. Current installed capacity in the US is now 4,258 MW, and there are wind turbine installations in 26 states. AWEA News Release.
PTC Not Extended Due to Partisan Gridlock
21 December 2001 - The wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) will expire December 31 without being extended. A 2-year PTC extension had been included in the so-called “economic stimulus” bill that Congress has been debating for the past few months. Negotiations on that legislation ultimately failed due to partisan differences over other issues. Congress is expected to act on a tax credit extension bill in 2002. AWEA Wind Energy Weekly Excerpt
Wind Energy Group Praises Harkin's Farm Renewable Energy Proposals
1 November 2001 - AWEA applauded Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chair Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, for including a series of proposals aimed at encouraging farmers and ranchers to develop wind and biomass energy projects on their lands in his proposed 2002 Federal Farm Bill. AWEA News Release
Upstate New York to Get Green Power Under Merger
12 October 2001 - A proposed settlement filed with the New York Public Service Commission will allow electric customers of Niagara Mohawk to buy electric power from wind, solar, and biomass generators through their electric bills. The case involved the merger between Niagara Mohawk and National Grid, which will create one of the largest distribution utilities in the eastern U.S. AWEA News Release
Plan Transmission Lines, System Policies to Make Use of Wind, AWEA Urges
9 August 2001 - "Consistent, fair [transmission] grid operating rules are essential to allow wind to reach its full economic potential. So too are robust, proactive grid expansion policies," AWEA's Policy Director told a field hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Water and Power in Bismarck, N.D., on August 7th. AWEA News Release
New Bill Would Trim Cost of Small WindTurbines for Residential Use
5 July 2001 - Legislation introduced recently by U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) would provide a 30% investment tax credit for small residential wind turbines. H.R. 2322, the Home and Farm Wind Energy Systems Act, is cosponsored by Reps. Wes Watkins (R-Okla.), Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), and Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.). AWEA News Release
Wind Group Applauds New York Commitment to Renewable Energy
13 June 2001 - Gov. Pataki issued an Executive Order on June 11th requiring all agencies of New York State, including the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to purchase 10% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2005 and 20% by 2010. AWEA said the announcement will create the first stable, long-term markets for retail sales of wind energy in New York State, as well as boost solar photovoltaics and biomass energy sources. AWEA News Release
TXU, Senator Dorgan Garner National Awards for Leading Wind Energy Boom
6 June 2001 - Dallas-based utility TXU, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), and eleven other industry leaders, legislators, and advocates received awards from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) at Windpower 2001, the association's annual conference. AWEA News Release
Strong RFP Response Shows Wind's Potential in Western Power Crisis
24 May 2001 - A strong response from the U.S. wind energy industry to a request for proposals (RFP) to build new power plants in the Pacific Northwest is a signal that the clean energy technology is ready to respond quickly to the electric power crisis in the Western states. Twenty Five proposals, totaling about 2,600 MW, were submitted in response to a Bonneville Power Administration RFP seeking 1,000 megawatts of new wind power. AWEA News Release
President's Energy Plan is "Useful First Step."
17 May 2001 - The national energy program announced today by President Bush is "a useful first step" toward recognizing the value of wind and other renewable energy sources, AWEA said, noting that the plan calls for extension of the federal wind energy production tax credit (PTC) and for a review of previously-proposed cuts in federal renewable energy research and development (R&D) funding. AWEA News Release
More New Wind Generating CapacityThan Nuclear Installed in 2000
10 May 2001 - Additions to wind energy capacity worldwide totaled 3,800 megawatts (MW) in 2000, according to figures from the European Wind Energy Association and AWEA. Only 3,056 MW of new nuclear capacity was installed in 2000, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency's Public Reactor Information System. AWEA News Release
New Studies on Acid Rain and Global Warming Underscore Need for More Wind Energy, Now
2 May, 2001 - Recent disclosures published in the journals Bioscience and Science that acid rain is causing greater damage to the environment than previously thought and that human-induced greenhouse gas emissions are increasing ocean temperatures highlight the need for aggressive investments in wind power, AWEA said today. AWEA News Release
AWEA Commends Nomination of Garman toDOE Renewable Energy Position
18 April, 2001 - Garman comes to his new position as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from Capitol Hill, where he served as Chief of Staff to Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. AWEA News Release
Wind Energy R&D Cuts "Penny-Wise and Pound Foolish," says Wind Energy Group
9 April, 2001 - Saying that the Energy crisis calls for increased investments in both utility-scale and small wind systems, AWEA today criticized the Bush Administration for proposing deep cuts in funding for the federal wind energy research and development program and other renewable energy research efforts. AWEA News Release.
AWEA Applauds Appointment of Pat Wood to FERC
28 March, 2001 - AWEA today hailed the appointment of Pat Wood, currently Chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, as a Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees the nation's electric power supply and transmission system, citing Wood’s "outstanding record" in fostering renewable energy development in Texas. AWEA News Release.
Production Tax Credit Extension Bills Offered in Both Houses
22 March 2001 - Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Jim Jeffords (R-Vt.), and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) introduced legislation (S. 530) March 14 to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for five years. S. 530 joins a companion bill (H.R. 876) introduced in the House of Representatives a week earlier. AWEA News Release
Federal Power Agency Issues Largest Wind Solicitation Ever
23 February 2001 - The Bonneville Power Administration's decision to solicit proposals Feb. 21 for 1,000 megawatts of new wind energy generating capacity is a "major breakthrough" for the increasingly-competitive clean energy technology, AWEA said today, and provides a clear signal that the federal agency recognizes the potential of wind energy to provide near-term, stably-priced electricity supplies as California and the Pacific Northwest grapple with gyrating energy prices and power shortages. AWEA News Release
California Electricity Crisis Spurs Salesof Home Wind Systems
13 February 2001 - California consumer interest in home wind energy generators has increased sharply since the beginning of the year as the state's prolonged electricity crisis has made daily headlines and raised customer fears of rate shock. AWEA News Release
Global Survey Finds Wind Energy'sExplosive Expansion Continuing
9 February 2001 -The worldwide boom in wind energy slowed a bit during the year 2000, but still remained strong, with some 3,500 megawatts (MW) being installed, or enough to supply roughly 1.3 million California households with 3.5 million people. AWEA News Release
New Plants in Northwest, Nevada to be World's largest
25 January 2001 - The unveiling of plans for the world's two largest wind power plants underline wind energy's growing maturity and competitiveness and its potential to contribute to the West Coast's urgent need for new power sources. The two plants will have a total capacity of 560 megawatts and will generate enough power annually to serve more than half a million people. AWEA News Release
NY Governor, PSC Increase Support for Wind Energy
24 January 2001 - The New York Public Service Commission took action to increase funding for wind, solar and biomass energy sources and for energy conservation. The decision will provide $47.5 million over five years for development expected to result in construction of over 200 megawatts of wind turbine generating capacity in New York State, enough to meet the annual energy needs of 84,000 homes. AWEA News Release
Wind Energy Grabs Lion's Share of Awards in California Auction
4 January 2001: Wind energy's growing economic competitiveness was underlined by its overwhelming showing in a recent California auction for $40 million in state incentives to new renewable energy projects. According to results released recently by the California Energy Commission, wind projects amounted to 439.05 megawatts (MW) of the total of 471.339 MW selected, or 93% in nameplate capacity. AWEA News Release