American wind week 2020 kicks off with survey showing 86% of Americans want clean energy
Washington, August 10, 2020
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today kicks off American Wind Week 2020, the fourth annual national celebration of U.S. wind energy leadership. During American Wind Week, AWEA, its 1000+ members, and the thousands of diverse U.S. wind supporters highlight the ways wind is helping build the future.
Wind power is proud to be red, white, and blue, with operating wind projects or manufacturing facilities in 70 percent of U.S. Congressional districts and jobs in all 50 states.
Eighty-six percent of Americans think the U.S. should put more emphasis on using clean, renewable wind energy, according to a July 2020 online consumer survey conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of AWEA and released today. These results build on a June 2020 Pew poll, which reported eighty-three percent of Americans support building more wind farms.
Follow Wind Week at americanwindweek.org, or through social media using #AmericanWindWeek and #WindBuildsTheFuture. Due to COVID-19 and the limitations placed on in-person events, American Wind Week will look different than in past years, with most of the events taking place virtually. However, while it might look different, AWEA is celebrating with just as much fanfare, with special events running every day following distinct themes:
Monday, August 10: Essential Workforce
Wind workers are on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, helping to keep the lights on every day for millions of Americans. Electricity is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, and wind workers are there to keep the electrons flowing. Electricity is a necessity, not a luxury, and our workers are ensuring we have access to that necessity.
Tuesday, August 11: Economic Recovery
Wind is set to play a key role as our nation’s economy strives to bounce back from the damage of the current pandemic. Wind is creating new U.S. manufacturing jobs, wind technician is the country’s second-fastest-growing job, and the wind project pipeline is at a near-record high. Offshore wind is poised to play a major role in the recovery, creating 83,000 jobs in a decade and launching a brand-new U.S. supply chain. Through this recovery, we can create a cleaner future filled with opportunity.
Wednesday, August 12: Wind Power Champions
American wind power dedicates a day to honoring its federal and state-level wind champions, who are making it possible for wind to build a stronger economy and cleaner future. This select group of bipartisan U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors has embraced a forward-thinking approach to energy policy, allowing wind to become our country’s largest renewable energy source while employing over 120,000 Americans across all 50 states.
Thursday, August 13: Community Investment
Thursday highlights wind’s nearly unmatched investment in rural America, providing farmers with a drought-proof cash crop and rural communities with revenue to invest in their future. We also give a special focus on the many efforts our 1000+ members are making to help communities overcome the challenges of COVID-19.
Friday, August 15: Corporate Buyers
Businesses purchased a record amount of U.S. wind power last year and now represent 10 percent of all operating wind capacity in the country. These Fortune 500 companies, like Walmart, General Motors, Budweiser, and McDonalds, are making the move toward wind power as they strive to meet sustainability targets and improve their bottom lines. Companies powering their stores, factories, and data centers with wind energy is no longer just a trend—it is the new normal for doing business.Full Article: https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/2020/08/10/american-wind-week-2020-kicks-off-with-survey-showing-86-of-americans-want-clean-energy/