Wind industry leaders are urging their members to spend more time lobbying and give more money to political campaigns as they seek to craft a long-term strategy to win supportive policies at the federal, state and local level and defend against their well-funded critics. The American Wind Energy Association opened its annual conference here with an appeal for industry officials to get more involved in the political process as the organization’s new CEO and board chairman acknowledged that they had a lot of work ahead to design a plan to allow for stable growth for years to come.
A top wind trade group said Monday that it’s crafting a long-term policy plan that it plans to take to tax-writing committees in the House and the Senate. The proposal will include “a number of scenarios or strategies,” incoming American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan said at the organization’s annual conference in Chicago. AWEA officials will embark on a road show of sorts to get input from industry stakeholders before finalizing a proposal.
More than a year after its approval, a proposed wind farm in the Columbia River Gorge remains in legal limbo. Now the controversial plan is headed for a date with the Washington Supreme Court. The Whistling Ridge Energy Project received a green light last year from then-Gov. Chris Gregoire. But the decision also scaled back the original proposal, reducing the number of wind turbines from 50 to 35 in order to protect views in the federally protected Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
Wanted: Kansas and Missouri businesses to help build a $2 billion wind power transmission line. The project is expected to create 5,000 construction jobs when work begins in 2016 and 500 operational jobs after it starts operation in 2018. Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, the Houston-based company developing the Grain Belt Express Clean Line to export more than 3,500 megawatts of wind energy from Western Kansas, will hold open houses in Missouri in the summer to look for construction partners.
Keynotes to include American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Incoming CEO Tom Kiernan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
Minnesota will soon witness a technology first once a new five-turbine wind farm sprouts from land in Renville County, Minn., about 90 miles west of the Twin Cities.
Lawmakers have advanced a bill intended to attract more wind-energy companies to Nebraska, as long as residents receive some of the benefits
Chris Brown, president of Vestas Wind System’s North American sales office in Portland, says he likes a challenge. And he knows a things or two about managing in the midst of turmoil. Before joining Vestas in November, Brown, 52, spent a year as chief operating officer of the city of Detroit, Mich. The Motor City sits at the top of the “worst-of” rankings of U.S. cities — unemployment, murders, etc. — and has the distinction of being the largest U.S. city on the brink of bankruptcy.
Coming off a banner year, the wind industry needs to chart a long-term path to maintain its momentum, its incoming top advocate says. Tom Kiernan, who was announced yesterday as the incoming CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, said his first order of business will be crafting a strategy to keep the industry vibrant for years to come.
The rural Midwest’s prospects as a hub for data centers that store gobs of electronic data and route billions of emails got a jolt this week, as two of the world’s information technology juggernauts announced they would build or expand data center operations in the heart of what many people consider “flyover country.” On Tuesday, social media giant Facebook said it will invest $300 million in the community of Altoona, Iowa, to build its third U.S. data center about 13 miles west of Des Moines, the state capital. Google followed suit with its own announcement that it would sink another $400 million into an existing data center campus at Council Bluffs, Iowa, just across the Missouri River from Omaha, Neb.