The American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) fall symposium in Phoenix concludes today with a speech from Gen. Colin L. Powell entitled, ‘Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust and Values.’
AWEA says its fall event occurs at a time of serious challenges for the industry. The lack of long-term U.S. energy policies, such as a renewable electricity standard, and a resulting lack of certainty for business have the country's utilities failing to move forward with wind build-out plans. Such policies are already in place in China and Europe, resulting in more than $35 billion of expected investment in 2010 – nearly four times the investment the U.S. will see this year.
During the conference, AWEA also presented awards to members outstanding in their fields. The recipients are the following:
- Supplier of the year: John Grabner, president/CEO, Cardinal Fastener
- Achievement in operations: Jim Cusick, site manager, Vestas
- Outstanding technical contribution to the wind industry: Sandy Butterfield, CEO, Boulder Wind Power
- State leadership: Gov. Bill Ritter, D-Colo.
- Andy Linehan award for environmental excellence: Mike Azeka, director of planning and permitting, AES
- Special achievement in environmental leadership: Rene Braud, director, permitting and environmental afairs, Horizon Wind Energy
- Regulatory leadership: Southwest Power Pool board, regional state committee and staff.
SOURCE: American Wind Energy Association