The Board of the American Wind Energy Association elected Tristan Grimbert of EDF Renewable Energy its chair as thousands of developers, manufacturers, and suppliers headed to the largest gathering of the wind energy industry in the Western Hemisphere.
“As we return to California, birthplace of utility-scale wind power, we’re bringing a brand new attitude,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “Big brand names are stampeding to buy wind to supply their stores and factories. With a stable national policy in place, and critical power line infrastructure on the way, we’re delivering on our promises to keep cutting costs. Wind is on track to supply 10 percent of U.S. electricity by the end of the decade.”
Kiernan hailed wind’s emergence this year as America’s No. 1 renewable energy resource in generating capacity. In the first quarter, the U.S. industry installed a new turbine every 2.4 hours on average.
“Thanks to strong leadership in states like California, wind remains on the path to grow, create more jobs, and supply even more homes and businesses,” said Kiernan.
California will soon receive 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources thanks to a state law passed in 2015, and wind power will continue to play a significant role in the California energy supply, locking in additional consumer savings by 2030. State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de LeÃ³n will keynote on Tuesday and describe an even more ambitious goal to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.