Wind power supporters organize nearly 30 events nationwide in recognition of American Wind Week 2018
Tradewind Energy sponsored a gathering for employees and customers as part of a national celebration of U.S. leadership in wind power and the benefits it creates for all Americans. Congressman Kevin Yoder was in attendance at the Tradewind mixer, which was one of nearly 30 events happening around the country in recognition of the second annual American Wind Week.
Rob Freeman, Tradewind’s CEO, opened the event with words of appreciation for the success of the Tradewind team and then highlighted the importance of Kansas being a national leader through its ongoing push to maximize investment in wind energy in the state.
Freeman also spoke to the critical role that federal policy actions have played in the growth of the industry. “Wind energy will continue to face obstacles to growth as a result of legacy market structures that exist around the country and the inadequate pace of transmission system investments required to facilitate the full potential development of wind power. This is a national issue that will require continued bipartisan focus and policy support in order for all our citizens to be able to enjoy the benefits of affordable, clean, and sustainable electricity.”
“Last year, wind energy became America’s number one source of renewable energy. I am very happy to say that our great state of Kansas and our hometown company of Tradewind Energy are national leaders in this development,” said Congressman Yoder. “Kansas blows away most other states by harnessing our famous prairie winds to generate a whopping 36% of our state’s energy. This progress is largely attributable to innovators like Tradewind Energy in Lenexa. I am proud to have such innovators and leaders in renewable energy in our community, and I am working hard to support their efforts and create a business environment that encourages innovation and fosters growth in the wind sector.”
Supporters of wind energy across the U.S. launched American Wind Week last year when wind power became the country’s largest source of renewable energy capacity. According to AWEA, a record 105,000 Americans work in wind power, affordably and reliably supplying over 6 percent of U.S. electricity, creating clean air benefits worth more than $8 billion each year. Wind turbine technicians and solar installers are the nation’s two fastest-growing jobs, reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION
AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 100,000 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 power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Houston, May 20-23, 2019. 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.