RWEI 2011 - American Wind Energy Association

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Rob Gramlich, American Wind Energy Association, presented on federal policy at the fourth annual Southern Appalachian Regional Wind Energy Institute meeting in Washington, D.C. October 25, 2011. Details can be viewed at www.regionalwind.org. RWEI is a project of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy - www.cleanenergy.org.

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Current State of the U.S. Wind Energy Industry : 

Current State of the U.S. Wind Energy Industry Rob Gramlich Senior Vice President, Public Policy American Wind Energy Association October 25, 2011

American Wind Energy Association: 

American Wind Energy Association AWEA is the trade association for the wind energy industry 2,300 business members including manufacturers, developers, transportation, utilities, construction, insurers, financial community and technical support and forecasting representing 75,000 wind jobs Develops policies and conducts analysis to support wind industry growth Execute wind industry’s legislative agenda Promotes wind energy through advocacy, advertising and media relations Convenes conferences and workshops to educate the public and bring industry members together. www.PowerofWind.com www.awea.org 2

Wind Power in the U.S. Today: 

Wind Power in the U.S. Today The wind industry installed 5,116 MW in the U.S. in 2010 (~2,900 turbines) Inexhaustible , domestic source of electricity – in 2010 produced as much electricity as 10 nuclear power plants Wind energy costs continues to decline making wind energy cheaper than new nuclear or coal plants and close to competitive with natural gas Long term contracts for wind energy have no fuel cost and thus offer utilities a hedge against fuel price volatility risk Wind uses no water avoiding risk posed by other energy production and generation

U.S. Annual and Cumulative Wind Power Capacity Growth (Utility-Scale Wind): 

U.S . Annual and Cumulative Wind Power Capacity Growth (Utility-Scale Wind) *** AWEA Second Quarter 2011 Market Report *** MEMBERS ONLY VERSION *** Over the past 4 years, wind represented 35% of all new generating capacity installed Wind remained the second largest source of new installed capacity, second to natural gas at 40 %. All renewable capacity represented nearly 33 %.

Wind Power: Americans “Get It”: 

Wind Power: Americans “Get It” Source: March 2010, February 2011 surveys by Public Opinion Strategies 5

Utilities Need to Reconsider “Low Cost” Options: 

Utilities Need to Reconsider “Low Cost” Options

Progress on Insourcing: 

Progress on Insourcing Source: AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report Year Ending 2010 400+ facilities in 43 states 12 fold growth over four years Domestic content up to 60% from 25%

Southeast Manufacturing: 

Southeast Manufacturing Currently 74 plants are operating across 11 states in the Southeast serving the wind power industry. North Carolina is the leader with 14 manufacturing facilities With consistent federal policy to support the growing wind energy industry, the Southeast, with its great manufacturing history, is expected to attract even more facilities. There are 14,000 wind related jobs in the Southeast with five times as many projected by 2030.

The Importance of a National Energy Policy: 

The Importance of a National Energy Policy

Production Tax Credit (PTC): 

Production Tax Credit (PTC) Boom/bust market Source: AWEA

20% Wind Energy by 2030 Bush Administration Report Identifies the Path: 

20% Wind Energy by 2030 Bush Administration Report Identifies the Path U.S. Department of Energy: “ The U.S. possesses sufficient and affordable wind resources to obtain at least 20% of its electricity from wind by the year 2030 .” Over 500,000 total jobs would be supported by the wind industry 46 states would have wind development by 2030 under the 20% Vision Avoids construction of 80 GW of new coal power plants

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Questions ? Rob Gramlich AWEA Senior Vice President, Public Policy www.awea.org | 202.383.2521 | rgramlich@awea.org