Wind: to become the largest source of renewable energy in the US-Report
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Wind: to become the largest source of renewable energy in the US-Report

Wind: to become the largest source of renewable energy in the US-Report By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   According to a new report released recently by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) based in Washington, wind surpassed hydropower dams and will become the largest source of renewable electric capacity in the U.S . This report, “the U.S. Wind Industry Quarterly Market Report”, is a snapshot view of U.S. wind industry activity and trends, including new wind capacity installed, wind projects under construction and in the advanced stages of development. “American wind power is now the #1 source of renewable capacity, thanks to more than 100,000 wind workers across all 50 states,” said Tom Kiernan, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO. “Growing this made-in-the-USA clean energy resource helps rural communities pay for new roads, bridges, and schools, while bringing back manufacturing jobs to the Rust Belt. With our two-thirds cost reduction over the last seven years, household brands like General Motors, Walmart, and more are buying low-cost wind energy to cut costs and power their businesses. American wind power is on track to double our output over the next five years, and supply 10 percent of U.S. electricity by 2020,” he added. The report  indicated that at the close of 2016, the American wind fleet totaled 82,183 MW, enough to power 24 million average American homes. And with the addition of North Carolina’s first utility-scale wind farm announced earlier recently, there are now more than 52,000 individual wind turbines in 41 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico. Over 100,000 American workers now manufacture, construct, and maintain the U.S. wind turbine fleet according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In total, wind supports more American jobs than nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants. Who are the beneficiaries? According to the report, Rural and Rust Belt America are among the greatest beneficiaries of wind power development. Wind projects in these areas often become the largest contributors to the property tax base, helping to improve schools, roads and other public services. Of the $13.8 billion invested by the U.S. wind industry last year, $10.5 billion was invested in low-income counties, emphasized the report. Wind: the new solution Wind is a new drought-resistant cash crop for farmers and ranchers who host wind turbines on their land, explained the report.  Nationwide, wind projects provide private landowners with more than $245 million in land lease payments annually. Texas landowners receive more than $60 million of that, in many cases helping to keep farms and ranches in their families. And it is also  less costly: it often provides the least expensive energy available. Wind power can bring costs...

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COP 22- Morocco- Empowering  young people- Faouzia Bahloul
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COP 22- Morocco- Empowering young people- Faouzia Bahloul

COP 22- Morocco- Empowering  young people- Faouzia Bahloul The 12th   Conference  of youth  will be held in Marrakech from 4 to 6 November, prior to COP 22. Since 2005, young people meet every year before the UN Climate Conference. Faouzia Bahloul, one of the two winners of COP 22 video competition, will  be one of  the ambassadors of young people from Tunisia. By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache This year will be special as  the COP 22 Morrocan presidency  message calls  for action during the UN Climate Conference .  Young people are invited to participate in  various workshops, lectures, exhibitions. Faouzia Bahloul, one of the two winners of COP 22 video competition,  will  be one of  the ambassadors of young people from Tunisia. She will work with the communications team of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a reporter. In  her video  “ Thinking Renewable”, she  explains the research she did for two years  on biogas produced and  microalgea. “Think Renewable” is about the need to increase the use of renewable energy. Faouzia Bahloul won the UN competition earlier this month. Watch her...

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