By NICK JANZEN, WBOI NPR News MAR 20, 2017 New data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency shows the wind industry is stronger than ever. The amount of installed wind energy overtook hydroelectric for the first time at the end of 2016, to lead U.S. renewable energy capacity. That news follows a December report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which projects wind turbine technician is the fastest growing occupation for 2014-2024. American Wind Energy Association Analyst Hannah Hunt says those trends are also playing out in Indiana. “It’s what we like to call a cash crop that’s providing a certain amount of price certainty and supplemental income that’s really needed in these communities,” Hunt says. Click here to read the entire article.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind turbine technician is the fastest-growing job in the United States, and its popularity is only expected to rise. In fact, the options for new technicians are so numerous that "the dilemma that graduates have from these programs is that they've got to choose which company to take a job with," says Daniel Lutat of Iowa Lakes Community College, which has one of the country's largest training programs for wind turbine technicians. With the number of available positions expected to double over the next decade, it may lead one to ask: What exactly does a wind turbine technician do? Continue reading
MidAmerican Energy posted this informative and cool video that shows a turbine being constructed from beginning to end. The video includes interesting facts about the individual parts of the turbine (such as the nacelle being the size of a school bus!) and how long it takes to assemble.Check out the video below! MidAmerican Turbine Construction
You can find the full report here. The DOE’s new Wind Vision Report explores our nation’s potential to increase its energy production from wind power. According to the report, America’s wind power capacity has tripled since the 2008 release of the Energy Department’s 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report, making it more clear than ever that it will be possible for the U.S. to generate a significant portion of its power from land-based, offshore and distributed wind facilities by 2030. The report outlines numerous benefits the U.S. will receive from increasing our domestic production of wind energy, including reduced pollution, increased domestic employment, consumer cost savings, water conservation, nationwide availability, and increased community revenues. Continue reading
We're very excited to announce an important event for Apex Clean Energy! Today, we are pleased to announce an agreement with the IKEA Group to purchase the Hoopeston Wind farm now being constructed by Apex in Illinois! The full press release can be found here. Or read on to learn more... Continue reading
According to a recent post on AWEA's Into the Wind blog, a series of recent polls have shown that the majority of Americans support wind energy. We thought this was pretty interesting, and we wanted to re-post their article here. Click here to see the original blog post, or click here to see this post on our site. Continue reading
According to an official statement published by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) on March 18th of this year, "The available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that the infrasound or low frequency sound generated by wind farms, as they are currently regulated in Australia, causes adverse health effects on populations residing in their vicinity. The infrasound and low frequency sound generated by modern wind farms in Australia is well below the level where known health effects occur, and there is no accepted physiological mechanism where sub-audible infrasound could cause health effects." Continue reading
We recently read a blog post that we found very interesting. We have reposted the story here. Thanks to Allie Brown from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy for the informative post. You can see the original post here. 10 Reasons Conservatives Support the Production Tax Credit March 3rd, 2014 › Energy Policy, Wind energy › Allie Brown › The Production Tax Credit (PTC) has led to the broad development of wind energy across the country. This federal incentive has worked exactly as designed, exceeded expectations and has led to billions of dollars of investment from the private industry. Yet, the PTC has recently experienced short-term and unpredictable extensions. Congress allowed the tax credit to expire at the end of 2013, creating instability in the wind industry and placing thousands of American jobs at risk. Over the years, the PTC has enjoyed broad bipartisan support; however, recent attacks on the wind industry have focused on ignoring the history of strong conservative support for the PTC. Here are ten reasons why conservatives support the PTC. #1: The PTC was developed by conservatives. To support the American-made wind industry, President George H.W. Bush signed the Production Tax Credit (PTC) in 1992. Every president since then has renewed this tax credit in order to reduce the overall tax burden on the relatively new wind industry, highlighting its wide bipartisan support. Continue reading
As reported by ABC News, the Association of Australian Acoustical Consultants (AAAC) has released the findings of an investigation into the infrasound levels emitted by wind turbines. According to the Chairman of the AAAC, "People themselves generate infrasound through things like their own heartbeat, through breathing and these levels of infrasound can be substantially higher than an external noise source." Furthermore, he stated, "The levels [of infrasound] generated by windfarms from our point of view are quite low in comparison and they're no higher than what is already out there in the natural environment." Read the full story here.
An article in this week's NewsOK blog highlights new evidence that wind turbine sound does not cause problems for those living around operating wind farms. The article cites five new reports to make its case. See the full article here.