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Last week marked the second annual #AmericanWindWeek, and celebrations boomed both across the country and on social media. Wind farm and factory tours, groundbreakings, city and state proclamations, Wind Champion Awards, and more highlighted the ways U.S. wind power is creating new opportunities. The map below has a full accounting of just about everything that took place.

Here’s a look at some of #AmericanWindWeek’s best highlights.

Wind Champion awards

The Wind Champion Award, a highlight of American Wind Week, was presented to three members of the 115th Congress who have taken action in support of American wind energy.

I was proud to present @ChuckGrassley with a Wind Champion award in Iowa today, along with @alliantenergy. Sen. Grassley has played a huge role in wind's American success story, growing an industry that creates jobs in all 50 states. #Americanwindweek pic.twitter.com/G2irwU7vbk

— Tom Kiernan (@TomCKiernan) August 6, 2018

We were honored to host @repblumenauer at our Portland, Oregon, headquarters today. As we celebrate #AmericanWindWeek, thank you for your leadership as a wind champion. @AWEA pic.twitter.com/oA8ZXdNd7s

— Avangrid Renewables (@AvangridRen) August 7, 2018

Honored to receive @AWEA’s Wind Champion Award today at the @GeronimoEnergy Courtenay #windfarm during #AmericanWindWeek. I’m proud to have worked to successfully extend the wind energy tax credit in 2015 to support wind energy development & jobs across our state. pic.twitter.com/I2Q1JJu9MT

— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) August 8, 2018

Companies saw this celebratory week as an opportunity to invest back in the communities that invested in them. Here are just a couple of examples. Enel presented a $60,000 check to the Allen-Waterbury Fire District, located near their Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project, to upgrade their emergency response vehicle fleet.

What do Allen-Waterbury Fire District and #EnelGreenPower share in common? Safety is a priority! We presented $60,000 for upgrading the department’s ambulance fleet, located near our 320 MW Rattlesnake Creek wind project in Dixon County, Nebraska. @EnelGroup #AmericanWindWeek pic.twitter.com/e8Q1rNPYd5

— Jeff Riles, Jr. (@jeffriles) August 11, 2018

Geronimo Energy hosted a community event to celebrate the 20-year commitment of annual $40,000 donations by presenting the first gifts to the Courtenay Community Fund. As a part of the event, they committed to funding a community center right in the heart of town.

@SenatorHeitkamp at yesterday's @GeronimoEnergy-hosted #AmericanWindWeek event: "Projects like this, commitments like this…never stop
believing that we can turn the tide." #Wind works for rural America! @AWEA @XcelEnergyND Full coverage here: https://t.co/W0Tr3aVg5Y pic.twitter.com/EcKXmjvbM3

— Geronimo Energy (@GeronimoEnergy) August 9, 2018

And of course, the conversation boomed on social media. Here are a few more of our favorite posts:

Happy #AmericanWindWeek! Our Wednesday festivities include a special guest… a 193.5' wind turbine blade for ATS' Legislator Open House!

Posted by Drive4ATS on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

.@ArmyOEI recognizes this week as #AmericanWindWeek!#DidYouKnow the @USArmy’s largest energy project to date is a combined #wind & #solar energy generation project at @FortHood, TX? The project has a capacity of approximately 65 MW. Providing progress toward #energy #resilience. pic.twitter.com/jRR6pQ4bFY

— Army OEI (@ArmyOEI) August 10, 2018

Today I had the privilege of spending the afternoon at the Cuyahoga County Fair for the American Wind Energy Education Day. @cuyfair @awea @ohiogop @OHRGOPCaucus @OhioHouseGOP #countyfair pic.twitter.com/itziqn7osZ

— Dave Greenspan (@DaveGreenspan) August 11, 2018

Thank you to everyone who helped #AmericanWindWeek grow exponentially this year! See you during #AmericanWindWeek 2019!

August 13, 2018

JOB POSTING #WIN166
POSITION: Performance Analyst – Wind & Solar energy
Longueuil, QC (canada)

Company Profile

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. is a global player with an extensive and growing portfolio of assets in Canada, the United States, France, Chile and Iceland. The Company develops, owns, acquires and operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar farms and geothermal plants exclusively producing renewable energy.

Sustainable development producing positive social, environmental and economic results guides our actions. We are not only proud of the work we do, but also of the way we do it. Our many accomplishments and continued successes are made possible by our outstanding team of employees.

Innergex, a publicly traded company, has offices in Longueuil, Vancouver, Lyon and San Diego.

The chosen candidate will be based at the company’s head office located in Longueuil, steps away from the Longueuil-Université de Sherbrooke metro station.

Role and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Technical Director – Wind and Solar Energy, the Performance Analyst – Wind and Solar Energy will be responsible for monitoring the company’s operating wind and solar farms located in North America.

The main responsibilities are as follow:

  • Analyze the performance of wind and solar projects in operation, monitor operations and availability, investigate underperformance and propose solutions;
  • Contribute to the drafting of monthly operations reports;
  • Support the operators and develop tools to facilitate their tasks;
  • Participate to the due diligence process for the acquisition of assets – production and availability data analyzes;
  • Support the project development teams (contract review, analyses, etc.);
  • Manage consultants, sub-contractors and suppliers for projects in operation;
  • Any other related task.

Profile

  • Ability to summarize and strong writing skills;
  • Ability to understand, discern and analyze the key issues of projects being evaluated in line with the given scope and timeline;
  • Organized, proactive, meticulous and logical;
  • Autonomous, with strong team spirit and collaboration skills;
  • Available for occasional travel, mostly in North America.

Professional Requirements

  • Training in Engineering or any other relevant field of studies;
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a similar position, or a combination of training and relevant experience;
  • Proficiency in French and English, written and spoken;
  • Knowledge of programming language for data analysis, such as Matlab or R;
  • Strong ability to work with numbers and in-depth knowledge of Excel;
  • Knowledge of data visualization software such as Tableau is an asset;
  • Knowledge of databases (SQL) is an asset;
  • Knowledge of communication systems and SCADA is an asset.

To apply for this position please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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This is a guest post from Peter Lukens, Chair of the AWEA Environmental, Health, and Safety O&M Working Group. The working group develops operating guidelines, training modules, and support materials for the safe and healthful operations and maintenance of the wind industry. Peter is the Project Manager, Training, for Siemens Gamesa and has worked in wind for 11 years, holding various roles in manufacturing, quality, operations & maintenance, training, and environmental, health, and safety.

Temperatures are heating up across the country this summer, and being aware of heat-related illnesses is critical to working safely on a wind farm. According to OSHA, workers exposed to hot indoor environments or hot and humid conditions outdoors are at risk of heat-related illness, especially those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky or non-breathable protective clothing and equipment.

Heavy sweating, dizziness, thirst, and muscle spasms are just a few of the warning signs that you are experiencing a heat-related illness. When working in hot temperatures, focus on prevention strategies:

  • Do start your workday hydrated. Start your hydration the night before.
  • Do use the buddy system. Act quickly if a co-worker shows signs of illness.
  • Don’t ignore the warning signs.
  • Don’t think heat-related illness won’t happen to you!

To help workers best understand the signs and how to prevent them, the AWEA EHS O&M Working Group has created three awareness materials: a reference card, training manual, and a heat awareness and tracking plan. These materials will help you understand all the signs of heat-related illness, how to prevent them, and what to do if you are experiencing any of the symptoms. You can access these materials here.

Stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay safe.

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As we close out #AmericanWindWeek, it’s been thrilling to see towns, communities, local leaders and wind industry workers gather across the country to celebrate wind power.

Importantly, Fortune 500 companies and business leaders also showed up. Corporate purchasers of wind voiced their support nationwide, touting the economic and environmental benefits that wind power brings to their customers and organizations.

And there’s quite a lot to celebrate. Corporate and other non-utility customers have procured more than 10,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power to date, including more than 9,700 MW in power purchase agreements (PPA) through the second quarter of this year. That’s more than Oklahoma’s installed wind capacity, the country’s number two wind state.

Let’s look first to Cummins. One year ago, the global manufacturer signed a 75 MW PPA with the Meadow Lake Wind Farm located in Indiana. Cummins is purchasing enough wind power from Meadow Lake to power approximately 20,000 average Indiana homes. To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Cummins employees toured the wind project construction site.

“This is a big moment for us,” said Mark Dhennin, Cummins’ Director of Energy and Environment. “This is a huge part of our energy sustainability plan at Cummins and it was really important to do it right, with the right project, in the right location, with the right developer.” Cummins visited the construction site on Crane Day, an opportunity for the public to see cranes erect state-of-the-art wind turbines.

Microsoft also used #AmericanWindWeek as a chance to look back on its five-year journey purchasing renewable energy. The technology giant signed its first wind contract in 2013, purchasing 110 MW from the Keechi wind project in Texas. Since that time, Microsoft has grown its global renewable energy portfolio to more than 1,200 MW, with more than half of that total coming from wind.

“This is a win-win-win story, as new wind projects generate clean power and new jobs and economic growth in communities from coast to coast, and every state in between, all while lowering the carbon footprint of the U.S,” wrote Brian Janous, General Manager of Energy & Sustainability at Micrsoft, in a blog post celebrating American Wind Week.

Others got involved in #AmericanWindWeek through social media. In particular, AT&T wind PPA announcements total 820 MW in 2018 alone, with the company purchasing power from four different wind farms in Oklahoma and Texas.

Want to have a FAN-tastic week? Join @ATT by celebrating #AmericanWindWeek. https://t.co/4keESWABMR pic.twitter.com/ulZxUcX78V

— AT&T Impact (@ATTimpact) August 8, 2018

#AmericanWindWeek coincided with a historic announcement this week that Apple, Akamai, Etsy and Swiss Re are partnering together to purchase 290 MW from planned wind and solar projects in Illinois and Virginia, respectively. Aggregating demand can help smaller demand customers access renewable energy projects with economies of scale.

Just last week, Smuckers announced a 60 MW PPA with a planned Nebraska wind project; the following day, Facebook announced its most recent 139 MW PPA with the Headwaters II Wind Farm in Randolph County, Indiana.

Thank you again to everyone for participating in #AmericanWindWeek!