The inaugural #AmericanWindWeek was a tremendous success.

Following in an excerpt from AWEA’s newsletter that was sent for Aug 18, 2017

The campaign garnered nearly 32 million impressions on social media, tripling AWEA’s previous high water mark. Nine members of Congress participated, and other notable participants California Senate President Kevin de Leon, the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute, Microsoft, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the USA Made Movement. Visit our blog for more social media highlights.

Notable on-the-ground events included a tour of a Kansas wind farm conducted by EDF Renewables’ Tristan Grimbert, attended by 12 state lawmakers; an open house at Blattner Energy’s headquarters attended by several state lawmakers; tours of an EDP Renewables project in Kansas attended by several dozen local residents; and an open house of MidAmerican’s Prairie Wind Farm in Iowa, attended by more than a hundred people.

AWEA also hosted the Fowler Wind Fair in Fowler, Indiana. The event drew an estimated 700 attendees, far exceeding expectations. Pattern Energy, BP Wind, Siemens Gamesa, EDF Renewable Energy, Apex Clean energy, Mortenson Construction, and Auxilius Heavy Indstriues provided member support, and several have expressed interest in holding the event again next year.

Erin Ailworth of the Wall Street Journal attended the Fowler Wind Farm and visited several area projects. Her story is forthcoming. Other notable media coverage included:

·        San Jose Mercury News: New map shows wind farms spreading rapidly across US

·        Newton Daily News: TPI celebrates American Wind Week

·        Oskaloosa Herald: Loebsack tours wind energy farm

·        BusinessWire: EDF Renewable Energy Recognizes American Wind Week alongside Kansas State Legislators

·        Oskaloosa Herald: Hundreds get look at new wind farm