Congress has included the long-sought extension of wind energy tax credits in final passage of a bill to avert the “fiscal cliff” that now moves to President Obama for his expected signature.
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Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, announced today that she is resigning, effective January 1, to return to private practice as a tax attorney.
Bipartisan support keeps mounting to extend the critical Production Tax Credit that allows U.S. wind power to install 35% of all new U.S. electric generating capacity; create one of the fastest-growing U.S. manufacturing sectors; and put 75,000 Americans to work.
14 U.S. wind energy leaders meet at White House over call to extend wind Production Tax Credit before Congress goes on summer recess
Two Cabinet secretaries met with 14 leaders of the U.S. wind manufacturing, construction, and development sectors at the White House today, advancing a bipartisan effort to extend the wind energy Production Tax Credit before Congress recesses for the summer, and retain 75,000 U.S. jobs.
The American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER 2012 Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta, June 3-6, will be the first North American event ever to earn WindMade’s designation as 100 percent powered by wind energy.
1Q wind power results: Production Tax Credit proves effective at driving installations as expiration looms
Once again proving the success of the Production Tax Credit in tandem with continuing technology improvements in creating jobs and driving billions of dollars of private investment, the wind power industry posted one of its busiest first quarters ever, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) first-quarter market report for 2012.
The U.S. wind industry’s 2011 Annual Market Report shows that American wind power is at the heart of an American success story ending another strong year of double-digit growth. The market report illustrates how wind power has created a positive feedback loop where market certainty allows for states to generate affordable electricity from wind at record levels, which leads to one of America’s fastest growing sources of Made-in-the-USA manufacturing jobs, which then allows the cost of wind to drop even further.
American Wind Energy Association CEO Denise Bode released the following statement today in response to U.S. Senate votes on amendments to the transportation bill that would have impacted the wind production tax credit as well as a number of other renewable energy-related incentives.
Today, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) kicked off its first-ever Midwest Regional Wind Energy Summit in Chicago, a national center for wind power headquarters operations and manufacturing facilities. Chicago is home to 13 major wind energy companies including Acciona, E.ON, Invenergy and Nordex. Meanwhile, wind manufacturing is powering as many as 10,000 Illinois jobs at almost 30different Illinois factories including companies like Winergy Drive Systems and NTN Bearing.
The Global Wind Energy Council annual market statistics published today show that the wind industry installed just over 41,000 MW of new clean, reliable wind power in 2011, bringing the total installed capacity globally to more than 238,000 MW at the end of last year. This represents an increase of 21%, with an increase in the size of the annual global market of just over 6%. Today, about 75 countries worldwide have commercial wind power installations, with 22 of them already passing the 1 GW level.
Several media outlets are reporting that President Obama will mention wind power and manufacturing jobs in his State of the Union address this evening, including reports that Bryan Ritterby of American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) member company Energetx Composites of Holland, MI will be First Lady Michelle Obama’s guest for the speech (AWEA’s Michigan Fact Sheet). This would mark the fifth time wind power has been mentioned in the SOTU in the last decade, by President George W. Bush in 2006 and 2007 and previously by President Obama in 2009 and 2011.
A big year is in store for the wind power industry in 2012, both in the policy arena and out in the field. With the Production Tax Credit (PTC), wind power’s key policy incentive, set to expire at the end of the year, industry members and advocates will be pushing for a PTC extension so that the industry can grow to nearly 100,000 jobs just four years from now. Meantime, developers will be busy getting wind farms built and online by year’s end.
U.S. Secretary Ken Salazar today announced approval of the first-ever Construction and Operation Plan (COP) for a U.S. offshore wind energy project, granting Cape Wind Associates the official go-ahead to begin construction on the over-100-turbine project across 25 square miles of Nantucket Sound. (more…)