In the news: Wind industry grows with more jobs, leadership, subsidies and cost reduction

In the news: Wind industry grows with more jobs, leadership, subsidies and cost reduction

Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.

U.S. Wind Power Increasingly American-made (Creating U.S. Manufacturing Jobs)
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that wind power is growing fast in the United States (and worldwide). Under the Bush administration, a goal of getting 20% of our electricity from wind by 2030 was set and we are currently ahead of schedule on that. However, a lot of people wonder, where are these wind turbines being made? Is this creating jobs in the U.S. or in China?

How Does U.S. Wind Keep Growing? It’s the Big Question for WindPower
Greentech Media
The nation's biggest wind energy conclave opens Sunday in Anaheim. The last time wind threw its big party in California was 2007. There were 5,000 attendees, said Peter L. Kelley, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Vice President for Public Affairs. The cumulative U.S. installed wind capacity that year, Kelley added, was 17 gigawatts.

China to Promote Renewable Energy Through Subsidies
The Wall Street Journal
China will offer interest-rate subsidies to the renewable-energy and high-technology material sectors, Vice Minister of Finance Li Yong said Friday. Mr. Li said in a speech at a forum in Shanghai that the government will make comprehensive use of interest-rate subsidies as well implement other incentives to support new energy and new materials. He said it would do this as part of a rebalancing of the economy under the country's 12th five-year plan, which extends through 2015.

Wind energy wants industry individuals to lead
SmartBlog on Leadership
The wind-energy industry is turning to its members to advance its cause on a united front. California leads the U.S. in renewable-energy policy, after raising the level of renewable energy that utilities must use to supply customers, American Wind Energy Association CEO Denise Bode said Monday at the WINDPOWER 2011 conference in Anaheim, Calif. She praised the recent passage of a 33% renewable-energy standard by 2020, which is the highest in the country. It is fitting for California to lead the way in renewable-energy development because the state started the U.S. wind industry 30 years ago.

Renewable energy will only get cheaper: study
Australian Broadcast Corporation
A new study has found the future prices of wind, thermal and solar power will only keep falling as more alternative power sources are switched into the energy grid. Researchers say it proves the widespread adoption of renewable energy sources makes good economic sense.

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