American Wind Week Kicks Off Aug. 11


Next week marks the third-annual American Wind Week, a national celebration that began in 2017 when wind became the country’s largest source of renewable electricity generating capacity.

On Aug. 11-17, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and supporters of wind energy will hold events across the country. AWEA will blog and share highlights from the events, themed after five ways that wind powers opportunity for Americans. To kick off the week, a full-sized wind turbine blade will take center stage at the Iowa State Fair, where 2020 presidential candidates and Iowa’s elected leaders will be stumping. Anyone can stop by to sign the blade and speak with wind industry workers.

In addition, anyone can participate in American Wind Week by posting on social media using #AmericanWindWeek.

“Wind Powers Opportunity” is the theme of this year’s celebration, in recognition of the economic and environmental benefits that come along with expanded U.S. wind production.

“For this year’s American Wind Week, there’s a record amount of U.S. wind energy under construction, and the 114,000 Americans in our industry are working hard to make the energy you use cheaper and cleaner,” says AWEA’s CEO, Tom Kiernan. “As an all-American energy source, wind is a leading contributor to domestic energy production, economic opportunity and the fight to minimize climate change.”

“Wind power is leading the transformation to a cleaner, stronger U.S. economy,” notes Rob Caldwell, board chair of AWEA and president of Duke Energy Renewables. “Businesses in the wind industry power opportunity for workers, rural communities and factory towns across America. This American Wind Week, we encourage clean energy supporters in all 50 states to speak with one voice and tell your friends, family and neighbors why you’re proud of U.S. leadership in wind energy production.”

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The development of wind power means a chance to blow away the fumes of fossil fuels forever. Surely this is where we should be putting financial and technical resources to work rather than tearing up yet more of the planet in search of oil and gas, which are finite reserves anyway. Wind and solar power make a lot more sense – can’t the pols and the billionaire CEOs see this?