For immediate release:
August 14, 2019
New York Celebrates American Wind Week
Over $4 billion has been invested in New York by the wind energy industry.
Albany, NY – This August 11-17 marks the third annual American Wind Week, a national celebration of U.S. leadership in wind energy production that started in 2017 when wind became the country’s largest source of renewable electricity generating capacity. During Wind Week, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is holding dozens of events across the country and online with #AmericanWindWeek.
In New York, the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) is celebrating American Wind Week by releasing New York Celebrates Wind Week, which commemorates our recent tour for State legislators and staff held at the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lowville, NY.
“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,” said AWEA 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.”
Anne Reynolds, Executive Director of ACE NY stated, “Already, more than 3,000 New Yorkers make their living in the wind industry, and over 1,128 wind turbines are spinning in New York today. There is so much opportunity to grow those jobs and create more emission-free power through the construction of additional wind farms in Upstate New York, and off the shore of Long Island and New York City.” She continued, “In New York, more than $47 million is paid by the wind industry in state and local taxes annually.”
The wind industry is proud that America’s veterans find wind jobs at a rate 67% higher than the average industry because they have the skills and dedication to keep wind farms running rain or shine.
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Joe Martens, Director of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance stated, “Offshore wind is a new industry for New York and the nation, but it is on ready to take off. In July, New York announced its second and third awards for offshore wind developments, collectively the largest in the U.S. to date, and those awards will mean thousands of construction jobs and billions in infrastructure investments to get those projects built.”
Building a U.S. offshore wind industry will reliably deliver large amounts of clean energy to America’s biggest population centers, grow tens of thousands of well-paying American jobs, revitalize ports and coastal infrastructure, and create a nearly $70 billion U.S. supply chain.
Kathleen Gasperini, Communications Director for ACE NY stated, “We recently launched Friends of Upstate New York Wind with New Yorkers for Clean Power to provide a location for community supporters and organizations with a shared interest in providing accurate information about wind energy and wind energy projects in Upstate New York. We wanted to educate others on the benefits of harvesting the wind in order to increase energy diversity and security, boost economic development and bring in jobs.” She continued, “Upstate New Yorkers are fortunate because we have a choice for a renewable clean energy resource. Like the farms that feed our families, the power of our wind is the next great opportunity to grow and create a sustainable future for new generations of Upstate New Yorkers.”
Anyone can participate in American Wind Week by posting on social media in support of wind energy from August 11 to 17 using #AmericanWindWeek. Each weekday from August 12th through the 16th, AWEA will blog and share highlights from events happening around the country themed after five unique ways that wind powers opportunity for Americans.
About the Alliance for Clean Energy New York: The Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) is a broad coalition dedicated to promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, a healthy environment, and a strong economy for the Empire State, and is New York’s premier advocate for the rapid adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. www.aceny.org
About the New York Offshore Wind Alliance: The New York Offshore Wind Alliance (NYOWA) is a diverse coalition of organizations with a shared interest in promoting the responsible development of offshore wind power for New York. NYOWA is a project of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY). www.aceny.org/NYOWA
About Friends of Upstate NY Wind: Friends of Upstate NY Wind is a diverse group of organizations with a shared interest in providing accurate information about wind energy and wind energy projects in Upstate New York. We support the growth of responsibly sited wind projects in Upstate NY through education and dissemination of information regarding the benefits of wind power. Friends of Upstate NY Wind is a project of ACE NY and New Yorkers for Clean Power. www.friendsofupstatenywind.org
AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 114,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, serving as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind energy event, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Denver, June 1-4, 2020. WINDPOWER 2020 will be housed within CLEANPOWER, the new exhibition hub for utility-scale renewable energy, bringing together wind power, solar power, and energy storage industries. Find information about wind energy on the AWEA website. Gain insight into industry issues on AWEA's blog, Into the Wind. And please join us on Facebook and follow @AWEA on Twitter and LinkedIn.