We're off to a great start this year at AWEA's conference in New Orleans! This year's conference is centered around the theme "Generation Wind." With the renewal of the Production Tax Credit and policy stability in the industry, attendees are gearing up for the next phase of wind power to begin. But what does "Generation Wind" mean to our Southern region? Over the past five years, wind turbine technology has significantly improved. Taller turbines with longer blades are now better capable of harnessing the power of the wind. These new turbines operate more reliably, more predictably and at lower costs. Thus, we believe that the next generation of wind power is here in the South.
This clean, low-cost form of energy can bring many additional benefits to states across the Southeast. But why take our word for it? AWEA recently launched a project called "InTheirOwnWords" - a video series that features short personal testimonies on how the wind industry has impacted all different kinds of Americans - from developers to landowners to manufacturers. This is an incredible tool to share - especially in a region like the South that is just beginning to get exposed to wind energy development.