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Rep. Welch receives US Wind Champion Award

Power News - Published on Tue, 18 Sep 2018

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The American Wind Energy Association named Rep. Welch a US Wind Champion for the 115th Congress at a September 6th event hosted by Avangrid Renewables, a leading renewable energy company with a portfolio that spans 22 states. AWEA’s US Wind Champion Awards recognize select members of the 115th Congress who have taken action in support of American wind energy.

Mr Welch said that “I am honored to be recognized by the American Wind Energy Association. The United States has barely scratched the surface of the potential of renewable energy. I’ll continue to fight for a new energy future that promotes wind and other renewable energies to reduce carbon pollution.”

Avangrid Renewables’ President and CEO Ms Laura Beane said that “Thanks to the leadership and vision of Congressman Welch, we brought the Deerfield Wind Farm, our first in Vermont, online last year. We’re able to create clean energy and local, long-term economic benefits for rural Vermont thanks to forward-thinking policies that drive these investments and deliver benefits directly to the local community.”

Mr Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA said that “Representative Welch’s embrace of clean, renewable wind energy has helped create good jobs and a healthier environment for Vermonters. With the Congressman’s strong support, wind power has grown to become the source for over 13 percent of the electricity generated in Vermont and nationally the US will continue as a global leader for wind energy production.”

Vermont ranks 13th in the nation for wind power as a share of yearly in-state electricity generation, with wind contributing over 13 percent last year. Wind power also makes a strong contribution to Vermont’s economy, supporting nearly 1,000 in-state jobs and representing more than $300 million in private investment. Wind energy is a drought-proof cash crop for Vermont farmers and rural landowners receiving $100k-$500k a year in total land lease payments. For Vermont, increasing reliance on wind energy saves water and prevents over 19,000 tons of carbon pollution each year—the equivalent of taking 4,000 cars off the road.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 18 Sep 2018
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