Pandemic Disrupts Growing Wind Industry

Pandemic Disrupts Growing Wind Industry

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer The pandemic has created massive supply chain problems across industries, including for the growing wind energy business. According to reporting by the New York Times, the American Wind Energy Association estimates that the pandemic could threaten a total of $35 billion in investment and about 35,000 jobs this year. […]

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Wind is Growing — Had Its Third Strongest Year Ever in 2019

Wind is Growing — Had Its Third Strongest Year Ever in 2019

The American Wind Energy Association announced on Thursday that for wind power developers experienced their third-best year in 2019, adding 9,143 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity to the grid—enough to power over three million American homes. 

Why This Matters:  No matter how much President Trump tries to knock it, wind power is a big part of our energy future.

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World’s Largest Wind Turbines Get The Green Light

World’s Largest Wind Turbines Get The Green Light

Construction of the world’s largest offshore wind turbines is set to begin in 2020 in the North Sea. In 2023 when these behemoth turbines (they’re 853ft tall with blades that extend 351ft) come online they will power 4.5 million homes with renewable energy and will generate 5% of the UK’s total power supply. Why This Matters: According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), “our shores possess a power potential of more than 2,000 gigawatts (GW), nearly double the nation’s current electricity use. This potential presents an enormous opportunity to deliver large amounts of clean and reliable electricity to the country’s largest population centers, where it’s needed most.”

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Defense Department to Study Impacts of Offshore Wind Development on Readiness

Defense Department to Study Impacts of Offshore Wind Development on Readiness

The Defense Department’s annual spending bill currently includes a requirement for a report on the impact of offshore wind’s on national security, and a description of options to mitigate the impacts.  There is similar language in the Interior Department spending bill that urges “thorough consideration and accommodation of all affected interests including national defense, security, environmental, maritime safety, fisheries, and particularly locally affected community concerns.”

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