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Renewables are Too Strong to be Ignored, says Panel

ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON: SMARTBRIEF.COM

Renewables and clean energy are taking off around the world and have too much momentum to be interrupted by any potentially negative actions by the Trump administration, according to experts at a roundtable hosted by The Guardian. The Carbon Trust’s investment director, Gina Hall, said she expects the talk about reviving coal jobs to fade next to the market appeal of renewables.

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Rural America Keeps Farming the Wind

ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON: AWEABLOG.ORG

We recently reported on the ways wind power has become an economic powerhouse for rural America, leading some observers to call wind “the new corn.”

“One turbine has changed my life,” Ed Woolsey, a fifth-generation Iowa farmer told Bloomberg Government. “Before, I raised corn and soybeans and cattle. Now I don’t. I’m a wind farmer.”

Outlets across the U.S. have picked up on this story, with the latest installment coming from the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska.

“Wind energy, the fastest-growing source of electricity in the U.S., is transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the federal government gave land to homesteaders 150 years ago,” the paper reported. “As commodity prices threaten to reach decade lows and farmers struggle to meet debt payments, wind has saved family farms across a wide swath of the heartland.”

This has meant all the difference to the men and women working to feed America.

“I’m surprised on days like today when it seems like there’s hardly any wind on the ground and they’re still turning,” said Steve Brockhaus, a Nebraska corn farmer. “I’d take turbines any day.”

In 2015 alone, farmers and ranchers received $222 million in lease payments for hosting turbines. For many of them, it meant the difference between continuing a multi-generation tradition and having to sell off their land.

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U.S. wind jobs continue booming, top 100,000

ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON: AWEABLOG.ORG

he Department of Energy released a new report today highlighting the booming nature of renewable energy jobs—wind power positions now top 100,000.

More Americans now work in wind than in nuclear, coal, natural gas or hydroelectric power plants. These jobs span all 50 states, and tens of thousands are at the more than 500 U.S. factories building wind turbines and parts for them. Importantly, America’s veterans play a big role. They fill roles in the U.S. wind industry at a rate 50 percent higher than the national average.

Beyond manufacturing, the service and maintenance jobs the growing industry creates provide rural Americans with well-paying opportunities. Last year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found wind turbine technician is the country’s fastest growing job, expected to increase by 108 percent over the next decade.

Researchers predict strong job growth will continue in the years ahead. Wind remains on track to provide 20 percent of America’s electricity by 2030. At that level, it could create 380,000 jobs. It’s hard not to get excited about an economic boom like that.

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The Truth About Wind Power

ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON: AWEABLOG.ORG 

Wind energy is rapidly expanding our energy mix, affordably and reliably strengthening U.S. energy independence. American ingenuity and improved domestic manufacturing have helped reduce wind power’s costs by 66 percent over years, while technological improvements have made wind economical in more parts of the country. This means wind energy makes financial sense.

Iowa generates over 35 percent of its electricity with wind power, while Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota rely on wind to supply more than 20 percent. Overall, a 13 states generate at least 10 percent of their electricity using wind, while at times Colorado has produced over 60 percent of its energy with wind. This shows us wind is reliable.

And wind power is the biggest, fastest, cheapest way to cut carbon pollution. In 2015 alone, American wind turbines reduced carbon emissions by the equivalent of 28 million cars’ worth. Wind also saves billions of gallons of water every year, while preventing harmful air pollutants that contribute to asthma attacks and other health complications. Wind energy is a path to a better, cleaner future.

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