Archives April 2017


April 2017


More Wind, More Jobs

The wind industry heads for new heights — and it will need a strong workforce to keep it soaring.

The Department of Energy recently announced there are now more than 100,000 jobs in the wind industry. That’s the good news. The better news is that job-growth trend should continue as wind energy becomes an even bigger part of the power-generation picture. “Right now, it’s as strong as it’s ever been,” said Suzanne Tegen, wind […]
Kenneth Carter

Perspective: A Post-Millennial’s View: Deciding to Study Wind

While watching YouTube recently, an ad popped up at the bottom of the video. My immediate reaction was to hit the “X” and get back to Julian Edelman’s ridiculous Super Bowl catch. But I didn’t. The ad that caught my eye was about the school I go to: Ecotech Institute — “Enroll today for a […]
Jack Wolfe

Condensing the Curriculum

Top five topics wind schools should be teaching future wind-turbine technicians.

Today’s wind-energy technology students want to compress their education into a year or less so they can enter the industry workforce right away. Similarly, industry employers can’t wait two years or longer for technicians to gain the skills and knowledge needed to be highly capable and trainable wind-turbine technicians. They need good technicians now. This […]
Walter Christmas


Women of Wind Energy Becomes Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) announced a new name and logo May 16 during a live, virtual event before hundreds of supporters across the country. Under the new name, Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), the organization will continue to build on more than 10 years of success working to advance women across […]
May 16, 2017

Maryland Becomes an Offshore Wind Contender with OREC Decision

Maryland’s Public Service Commission awarded offshore wind renewable energy credits (ORECs) to the companies US Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC to build wind projects totaling 368 MW of capacity miles off the state’s coast. Completing these projects will generate nearly 10,000 new direct and indirect jobs and $1.8 billion of in-state spending. “This fully […]
May 12, 2017

Energy Policy Leader Amy Farrell To Take Helm of Government and Public Affairs for AWEA

Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), announced that Amy L. Farrell, a proven strategist and expert in energy, environmental, and regulatory policy, has been named AWEA’s senior vice president for government and public affairs. Farrell will oversee federal regulatory affairs, state policy, public affairs, and industry research. She will serve on […]
May 10, 2017

American Wind Power Reports Best First Quarter Since 2009

America’s wind power workforce installed 908 utility-scale turbines in the first quarter of 2017, totaling 2,000 MW of capacity. This is the wind industry’s strongest start in eight years, according to a new report, U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2017 Market Report, released May 2, 2017, by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). “We switched […]
May 2, 2017

California State Senate leader to keynote WINDPOWER 2017

Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, the California Senate’s most powerful member and legislative champion of the state’s hallmark 50 percent renewable energy standard law passed in 2015, will provide a keynote address at North America’s largest wind power trade show May 23 in Anaheim. WINDPOWER, American wind power’s largest annual gathering, is where […]
April 25, 2017

AWEA Report: Wind Adds Jobs Over Nine Times Faster Than the Overall Economy

American wind power added jobs over nine times faster than the overall economy amid robust growth for another year, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which released its 2016 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report April 19 at the Minnesota State Capitol. Installing more than 8,000 MW of new wind power for a […]
April 20, 2017