American Wind Energy Association - AWEA  

Washington,  DC 
United States
http://www.awea.org
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AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 100,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, serving as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers.

AWEA is also host to WINDPOWER, the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show.

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  • CHICAGO – WINDPOWER, the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind and renewable energy conference(Opens in a new window), kicked off today in Chicago with American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) leadership including Steve Lockard, AWEA’s newly elected Board Chair and President and CEO of TPI Composites, providing their vision and direction for American wind power to the more than 7,500 attendees.

    “We’re gathering in Chicago to celebrate the success of the wind industry and chart a course for the next phase of wind energy growth,” said Steve Lockard, President and CEO of TPI Composites and newly elected AWEA Board Chair. “Wind has cut costs at a pace similar to the semiconductor industry. Now utilities, corporate customers and investors are all prioritizing affordable wind energy because it makes business sense and helps to decarbonize our electric sector. Make no mistake: wind is winning, and will keep winning if our industry stays focused on priorities that attain, elevate and grow demand.”   

    The business leaders, investors, policy experts, engineers, technicians, students and others who gather at WINDPOWER each year are leading the transformation of America’s electricity supply to be more affordable, reliable and clean. U.S. wind power has added nearly 30,000 megawatts (MW) of capacity since 2013, the last time WINDPOWER took place in Chicago, and with 89,379 MW installed today wind is now the largest source of U.S. renewable electricity generating capacity. In fact, wind power now reliably supplies 6.3 percent of all U.S. electricity and more than 30 percent of the electricity in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota. The industry employs a record 105,500 Americans working in wind farms or factories in all 50 states.

    The U.S. wind industry is poised for continued strong growth in the near term. The full pipeline of wind farms under construction or in advanced development now totals 33,449 MW, a 40 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2017. The scale of this economic engine is clear when walking WINDPOWER’s exhibition floor, where 426 exhibitor booths, including more than 100 first-time exhibitors, demonstrate the many technologies and services that make up the modern wind power industry. During General Session remarks, industry leaders emphasized that there is work still to be done to build upon this success story.

    “The stability created by an orderly five-year phase out of the Production Tax Credit was a home run for our industry, American manufacturing, and job growth,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “Wind is now an essential part of the modern American electricity supply. While home runs are never a bad thing, the wind industry is going to be successful going forward through a sustained a rally of singles and doubles. That means continued cost reductions and technological advances paired with improvements to market design, infrastructure, and state policy to fully unlock the value of wind energy.”

    Wind power’s rise as a mainstream industry is underscored by the presence of major energy and finance companies on the Board of the American Wind Energy Association. On Monday, AWEA’s Board elected a new Chair, Steve Lockard, President and CEO of TPI Composites, an American wind turbine blade manufacturer. AWEA’s outgoing Board Chair, Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF Renewables, now moves to his Past-Chair position as an officer of AWEA.

    “In the year since I became Chair of AWEA’s Board, we have seen tremendous progress growing the American wind development pipeline 40 percent and working with Congress to achieve tax reform that will continue wind power investment and job growth,” said Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF Renewables and outgoing AWEA Board Chair.  “I’m proud to pass the reins of AWEA’s Board to someone as passionate and knowledgeable about the industry as Steve. Under his leadership, I’m confident AWEA and the industry can balance immediate opportunities with long-term strategy needed to sustain growth.”

    Other changes to the AWEA Board include the election of Rob Caldwell, President of Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology, as Chair-elect, Mike Garland, President and CEO of Pattern Energy, as Secretary, and Ray Wood, Managing Director, Head of Global Power and Renewables, Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Treasurer. Three new Directors were also elected to the Board including Laura Folse, CEO, BP Wind Energy; David Giordano, Managing Director, Renewable Power Group, Blackrock; and Tim Maag, Vice President and General Manager, Wind, Mortenson. Four additional industry leaders were confirmed as new interim Directors at WINDPOWER, including Mit Buchanan of J.P. Morgan, Craig Cornelius of NRG Renewables, Jim Murphy of Invenergy, and José Antonio Miranda Soto of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. A full listing of AWEA’s Board of Directors is available online.

    As WINDPOWER continues this week, a strong line-up of wind and renewable energy leaders can be heard during General Session remarks at 10:00am CT on Wednesday:

    • Adam Wright, President and CEO, MidAmerican Energy Company;
    • Chris Brown, President, Vestas Americas;
    • John Lavelle, President and CEO, GE Renewable Energy;
    • Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association;
    • Danielle Merfeld, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy;
    • Evan Caron, Cofounder and Managing Director, Swytch;
    • Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy, Microsoft;

    And during a Town Hall discussion on Thursday at 11:00am CT, Steve Lockard, Tristan Grimbert and Tom Kiernan will be joined by a speaker selected by conference attendees to reflect on the future of American wind power and take audience questions.

    A livestream of all General Session remarks(Opens in a new window) and a full WINDPOWER schedule(Opens in a new window) are available.

  • WASHINGTON — Today the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) officially launched its new “RTO Advisory Council”, strengthening and formalizing collaborative advocacy efforts between a group of utility-scale solar businesses and the wind industry that began last year.
     
    The combined effort, which currently represents over 70 percent of utility-scale wind and solar development, comes at a time when regulators and electricity grid operators are considering policy and design changes critical to ensuring an affordable, reliable, resilient grid capable of delivering the cost-competitive clean energy consumers are demanding.
     
    Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs), and similar Independent System Operators (ISOs), are electric power transmission operators that coordinate, control, and monitor multi-state electric grids across much of North America.
     
    “AWEA is excited to be partnering with leading utility-scale solar businesses and believe this collaboration will provide renewable energy an even stronger voice at FERC and in the RTOs,” said Amy Farrell, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, AWEA and Project Director for the RTO Advisory Council. “With our new partners in the solar industry, we will work to ensure the utility-scale renewable power sector’s capabilities and contributions to the grid are fairly valued and accessible to consumers.”
     
    Amy Farrell, AWEA Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs, will serve as Project Director for the RTO Advisory Council, which welcomes inaugural members First SolarCypress Creek RenewablesJuwi AmericasAlchemy Renewable Energy a portfolio company of Monarch Private Capital, Coronal EnergySouthern Current, and Urban Grid Solar. The RTO Council Members will work alongside AWEA members to shape and guide AWEA’s Electricity and Transmission Policy advocacy. 
     
    The RTO Advisory Council was created in response to inquiries from renewable energy companies currently not involved in the wind industry seeking to be part of AWEA’s ongoing and increasing advocacy efforts. Participation inquiries should be directed to Madeline Gould.
  • WASHINGTON — Fortune 500 brands and a range of other non-utility entities, including cities and universities, are catalyzing America’s growing demand for renewable energy by purchasing a record amount of wind power in 2018 according to a new report released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Consumer demand combined with policy stability and low, stable prices helped wind power capacity installations rise to the third strongest quarter in the industry’s history.
     
    AWEA’s U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Report reveals that non-utility customers like AT&T, Walmart, ExxonMobil, and Shell Energy purchased a record 4,203 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity in 2018 through long-term contracts, or Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). Contracted wind capacity from non-utility customers in 2018 surged 66 percent higher than the previous high-water mark in 2015. Data from the Business Renewables Center confirms that wind provides more energy to corporate brands than any other renewable source.
     
    “A rapidly growing number of big brands and utilities clearly understand that for American consumers, it’s no longer enough for energy to be affordable and reliable, it must also be clean,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “Businesses are responding to their customers by seeking out the lowest-cost clean energy they can find to power their products and operations reliably. Wind power’s record-setting 2018 proves you really can have it all.”
     
    Polls find strong public support for more wind power among Americans on a non-partisan basis. For consumer-facing brands like Budweiser, wind power has become both a major energy source and selling point. In fact, Budweiser is putting wind power right at the center of their Super Bowl 2019 strategy with a commercial titled “Wind Never Felt Better,” featuring Clydesdales and a dalmatian alongside wind turbines – set to the soundtrack of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” With the ad and a new label, Budweiser wants customers to know every bottle of their beer is now brewed with 100 percent wind energy supplied by Enel Green Power’s Thunder Ranch wind farm in Oklahoma. This also further showcases Anheuser-Busch’s ambitious 2025 Sustainability Goals, which guide the brewer’s industry-leading sustainability efforts in the U.S.
     
    “As a leading brewer, Anheuser-Busch understands sustainability is not just related to our business, it is our business,” said Angie Slaughter, Vice President of Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud that Budweiser is the first major beer brand to be brewed with 100% renewable electricity from wind power; we hope our efforts inspire others in our pursuit for a more sustainable future.”
     
    Wind power also continues to be a popular choice for major utilities who must balance ratepayer expectations for affordable, reliable and clean energy. Utilities signed contracts for 4,304 MW of wind power in 2018 that, when combined with non-utility purchases, reached the highest level on record for overall PPA activity with 8,507 MW in 2018.
     
    Strong consumer demand and stable policy also helped the industry surge to its third strongest quarter on record for new wind power capacity additions. New wind farms totaling 5,944 MW were installed nationally in the fourth quarter of 2018, enough to power all the homes in Colorado or Massachusetts.
     
    New wind farm installations in the fourth quarter were concentrated in the “American Wind Belt” from Texas on up through North Dakota. Notably, Iowa reclaimed second place for total installed wind capacity from Oklahoma, which had snagged the spot in 2017. Texas continues to hold a wide lead in first place. South Dakota joined the Gigawatt Club of states with more than 1,000 MW of installed wind capacity, making it the 19th state to do so.
     
    In total, the industry commissioned 7,588 MW of wind power capacity in 2018. There are now 96,488 MW of cumulative installed wind capacity in the United States, with more than 56,800 wind turbines operating across 41 states.
     
    Low, stable prices are a large piece of wind power’s value to buyers. The cost of wind has fallen by 69 percent since 2009, falling 7 percent in 2018 alone, according to investment firm Lazard. Thanks to a robust U.S. supply chain, including over 500 factories, and advances in technology, wind power is now America’s most-cost competitive source of electricity on average. Because wind power uses no fuel to produce electricity, customers can lock in long-term contracts, often for 10-20 years, at a low price that hedges against fossil fuel price volatility.
     
    “Wind power is on strong footing with trend lines–rising consumer demand, falling costs, improving technology–all pointing in the right direction,” added AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan.“Our industry is driven to deliver the most competitive product possible and we’re confidently moving forward to further cut costs and advocate for improvements that bring markets and power grid infrastructure into the 21st Century.”
     
    With a robust pipeline of new wind farms currently under construction or in advanced development, wind power’s strong 2018 is continuing this year. Projects totaling 2,125 MW started construction and a further 3,661 MW entered the advanced development phase in the quarter. There are now 35,095 MW of wind power capacity either under construction, 16,521 MW, or in advanced development, 18,574 MW, a 22 percent year-over-year increase in the development pipeline.
     
    "Wind will continue to play an important part of supporting the execution of our growth strategy in the U.S., a country which has been and will continue to be in the coming years a key pillar for the growth of Enel Green Power globally,” said Georgios Papadimitriou, President and CEO of Enel Green Power North America. “Our growth is driven by customer demand, as increasingly more businesses recognize that wind power is a sustainable and competitive choice to meet their energy needs.”
     
    As with land-based wind farms, momentum is accelerating for the U.S. offshore wind market. Major energy businesses like Equinor, Orsted and Shell are locked in fierce competition to be the first to harness American offshore wind at scale. Strong support from the Trump Administration and coastal states, including New York’s nation-leading 9 GW offshore wind target, has sparked investor confidence and sets the stage for a great offshore energy boom. In December 2018, winning bids for three Massachusetts lease areas generated a combined $405 million in federal revenue, smashing the previous record bid of $43 million for a New York lease area.
     
    A full version of AWEA’s U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Report, including more data on state milestones and market activity, is available to members of the media upon request, please contact Curtis Walter for more information, cwalter@awea.org.
     
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