Wind power contributes to improving manufacturing jobs picture
Is this the light at the end of the tunnel that the American economy has been searching for? On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate dropped to 8.5%, its lowest level in nearly three years. The most promising job growth sectors in the report included transportation, warehousing and manufacturing.
The manufacturing bright spot is also reflected in a
WSJ op-ed: 'Want Growth? Try Stable Tax Policy'
Stable tax policy is fundamental to business investment and growth, writes Hoover Institution senior fellow John B. Taylor in a recent Wall Street Journal opinion article. Mr. Taylor offers some additional thoughts we don't necessarily endorse, but on this point, we're in strong agreement (see, for example, "Fact check: Heritage errs in supporting job-killing tax hike," Dec. 19).
In our case, of course, the wind power industry is seeking a multi-year extension of its key incentive, the Production Tax Credit (PTC), which lowers taxes on companies that operate wind farms ...
Is wind power holding electricity costs down?
I found the conclusion of the article by Brennan Louw on renewable energy and electricity costs intriguing, and decided to look a bit deeper into the data myself. Looking at the Department of Energy data for all 50 states, there is very strong evidence to suggest that wind is helping to hold electricity costs down. Here is what the data show:
For the 30 states with the least installed wind capacity and the District of Columbia, a group for which wind only accounted for 0.3% of electricity ...
In former anti-wind hotbed, turbines are part of landscape
The Dec. 20 edition of Midwest Energy News has one of those articles I love: titled "Years later, Wisconsin wind farm fears fail to materialize," it provides an update on Lincoln and Red River townships in Kewaunee County, Wis., where there was a storm of controversy and bitter recrimination in 1998 and 1999 when two utilities announced plans to build wind farms in the area.
The full article is worth a read, as it has some nice local color--a number of industrious Belgian immigrants were among the first Europeans to settle in the area, in the 1850s, and their character helps define it. Today, some residents remain unhappy about the process by which the ...
Will Congress give gift of wind power jobs to Americans or foreign countries?
Guest article by Justin Wheating, Chief Financial Officer, NRG Systems
I love the holiday season. Where I grew up in England, Christmas was the major family holiday with a concentration of visits to the pub followed by overeating and naps. The holiday itself was centered on gift giving surprises, food preparation, more imbibing, and attempts to find batteries which were not included with the gifts.
This year for many people the holidays were hard. The news about unemployment and those who are no longer registering for unemployment makes the headlines every week, and uncertainty about the future means that those still employed are cautious about how they spend their money.
Given this, I do not understand why the U.S. ...
More mythbusting facts about wind power
Thanks to the wonder of the modern Internet, old myths about wind power rarely die--they just go on circulating in the anti-windosphere forever. So as 2011 comes to a close, here is a refresher on some mythbusting facts about wind power:
Wind power is being reliably and cost-effectively integrated with the electric utility system today:
How Wind Energy Is Reliably Integrated on the Grid
Utility Wind Integration State of the Art
Wind power helps save consumers money:
Department of Energy studies show that a Renewable ...
Are these comments Robert Bryce doesn't want you to see?
Comments from AWEA and others on an anti-wind op-ed by Robert Bryce at FoxNews.com disappeared overnight, begging the question: Does Mr. Bryce not want you to see them? Fortunately, we were able to recover some of them from the Web browser on one of our computers for your reading pleasure.
In the middle of a slow holiday news week, FoxNews.com gave Mr. Bryce, a "senior fellow" at the fossil-fuel-funded Manhattan Institute for Public Policy, space to attack AWEA, its CEO Denise Bode, and some of the companies on its Board of Directors. AWEA ...
Free at last: High school students get final signoff to install 100-kW wind turbine
After eight years of research and fundraising, and one final 11th-hour delay caused by a dubious school board member, the "Windplanners," a group of students at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, Me., received the final go-ahead Dec. 6 from the board to install a 100-kW Northern Power Systems wind turbine on school property.
The Windplanners' odyssey began in 2004. After an effort to institute energy efficiency measures at the newly built high school, students decided to work on adding renewable energy to the school's energy supply. They worked with ...
Fact Check: Bryce ignores renewable energy’s benefits, attacks companies that make it, suggests they face a tax increase
The latest attack from the anti-renewable Manhattan Institute’s “senior fellow,” Robert Bryce, omits benefits of renewable energy and oddly suggests not only that big companies shouldn’t be making it – they should pay higher taxes for doing so.
Mr. Bryce got space in a holiday week on FoxNews.com to attack me by name, AWEA, and several of our members – high-profile American energy companies like General Electric, Florida Power & Light’s NextEra Energy, and Iberdrola Renewables Inc. of Portland, Ore. Their crime was to invest tens of billions of dollars in creating a new ...
Renewable energy adoption and the increasing cost of electricity in the U.S.
The health, environmental, and direct job creation benefits of renewable energy vs. traditional forms of power generation are widely accepted. All other things being equal, it would be a foregone conclusion that renewable energy should be chosen over other types of generation. Of course, all other things are not equal. To understand the total impact of integrating renewables into an electricity ...
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