AWEA: How does wind help the family farm stay in the family?

We know that wind power is a powerful, renewable energy source. Did you know that wind farms also help landowners keep their farms in the family by providing revenue and royalties from the power provided? Each year, American landowners receive $222 million in lease payments alone. Wind is a drought-resistant crop that is reliable and not subject to fluctuating crop prices.  Greg Alvarez of the American Wind Energy Association went on a tour through Colorado looking for the community impacts of wind power. During his trip, he met Jason Wilson of Calhan, Colorado, whose family almost had to give up its 76-year-old farm because it wasn't financially profitable anymore. Wilson said, "The wind farm allowed us to be able to keep our family farm. The wind farm balanced the financial viability with the sentimental value, allowing the family farm to be passed on to the next generation." Click through to read more Continue reading

News Channel 10: New Wind Farm to Bring Millions to Ochiltree County

Ochiltree is set to receive another wind farm, Perryton Wind, consisting of 150 turbines. Perryton Wind will bring $64 million to the county, which will be put to good use. Earl McKinley, Ochiltree County judge, commented on the new revenue that will be provided by Perryton Wind: "It's projected a million dollars a year for our school system, which is a substantial amount. Like all schools, they will be able to put it to good use." Click through to read more Continue reading

U.S. Wind Farms Invested $128 Billion into U.S. Economy Over Past 10 Years

That's right, $128 billion! Not to mention an average of $13 billion per year for the past five years alone. The American Wind Energy Assocation (AWEA) released the data last week. Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA, said, "Over this time, wind has rapidly scaled up. There's now enough wind power installed to reliably produce electricity for over 19 million American homes." There were more records broken last year by wind energy, including capacity installed. Click through to read more Continue reading

Wind Power Will Save Texas Consumers $16 Billion on Electric Bills

That's right—wind power will save Texas consumers $16 billion by 2050. The Department of Energy (DOE) has released its Wind Vision report, which explains this and other benefits of Texas-made wind power. The report assumes the continued expansion of wind power in the state and anticipates that Texas can achieve the Wind Vision's goals by 2020 and 2030. “Corporate America, especially American manufacturers, are embracing wind energy because it provides power that is cleaner and cheaper, while bringing long term price stability to their business planning. In Texas, household names like Dow, Mars, Procter & Gamble, IKEA, Walmart, HP, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Intuit, Unlever-and many more are using wind energy to improve their businesses and their corporate bottom line.”—Jeff Clark, Executive Director, Wind Coalition Click through to read more Continue reading

See Turbine Construction from Beginning to End

MidAmerican Energy posted this informative and cool video that shows a turbine being constructed from beginning to end. The video includes interesting facts about the individual parts of the turbine (such as the nacelle being the size of a school bus!) and how long it takes to assemble.Check out the video below! MidAmerican Turbine Construction

How Wind Turbines Work

Have you ever wondered how a wind turbine works? Save On Energy posted an animated graphic that shows every step of how a turbine works. Check out the cool picture below!  Continue reading

Department of Energy Releases New Wind Vision

You can find the full report here. The DOE’s new Wind Vision Report explores our nation’s potential to increase its energy production from wind power.    According to the report, America’s wind power capacity has tripled since the 2008 release of the Energy Department’s 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report, making it more clear than ever that it will be possible for the U.S. to generate a significant portion of its power from land-based, offshore and distributed wind facilities by 2030. The report outlines numerous benefits the U.S. will receive from increasing our domestic production of wind energy, including reduced pollution, increased domestic employment, consumer cost savings, water conservation, nationwide availability, and increased community revenues. Continue reading

New Health Canada Study shows wind turbines do not adversely impact human health

Health Canada just completed the most comprehensive and largest study on wind energy and health to date.  They collected data for two years, and they have released their summary report today.  The good news is – the results support what previous studies have concluded: wind turbines are not related to adverse health. Read the complete summary from Health Canada, here.  Key findings are: Continue reading

IKEA Makes First Wind Farm Investment in the United States

We're very excited to announce an important event for Apex Clean Energy!  Today, we are pleased to announce an agreement with the IKEA Group to purchase the Hoopeston Wind farm now being constructed by Apex in Illinois!  The full press release can be found here.  Or read on to learn more... Continue reading

Americans Like Wind Energy!

According to a recent post on AWEA's Into the Wind blog, a series of recent polls have shown that the majority of Americans support wind energy.  We thought this was pretty interesting, and we wanted to re-post their article here.  Click here to see the original blog post, or click here to see this post on our site. Continue reading