The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) partners with a network of regional organizations to promote the growth of the wind industry around the country. Membership in these organizations includes wind industry companies, environmental advocates, and representatives of solar and other renewable industries, as well as AWEA.
In collaboration with AWEA’s State Program, Regional Partners may work with electric utilities, Regional Transmission Operators (RTOs), Independent System Operators (ISOs), federal power marketing agencies, and others on a broad range of state legislative and regulatory activities to develop wind markets and remove market barriers. AWEA encourages member companies and other advocates to participate with these groups in their region.
AWEA has also launched an "RTO Advisory Council," which provides a venue for renewable energy companies not currently involved in the wind industry to join AWEA’s ongoing and increasing advocacy efforts at the RTO and ISO level, as well as before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
RTO Advisory Council
Advocates at the RTO, ISO and FERC levels
RTO Council Members work alongside AWEA members to shape and guide AWEA’s Electricity and Transmission Policy advocacy. The RTO Advisory Council strengthens and formalizes collaborative advocacy efforts between a group of utility-scale solar businesses and the wind industry that began last year, and it currently represents over 70 percent of utility-scale wind and solar development. Inaugural members include First Solar, Cypress Creek Renewables, Juwi Americas, Alchemy Renewable Energy a portfolio company of Monarch Private Capital, Coronal Energy, Southern Current, and Urban Grid Solar.
Advanced Power Alliance
Region: Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, New Mexico
The Advanced Power Alliance is a nonprofit association that encourages the development of the vast wind energy resources of the south central United States. It is active in two particular regions: the Southwest Power Pool (“SPP”) and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (“ERCOT”) grid systems, which cover all or part of eight states.
The Alliance for Clean Energy New York's mission is to promote the use of clean, renewable electricity technologies and energy efficiency in New York State in order to increase energy diversity and security, boost economic development, improve public health and reduce air pollution.
The AWEA California Caucus (ACC) is the voice of the utility-scale wind industry in California. ACC's team develops and communicates strategic and technical advice to key decision-makers to ensure an affordable, reliable, and clean energy future for the State of California.
Clean Grid Alliance
Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
The Clean Grid Alliance mission is to overcome the barriers to bringing wind energy to market. This includes better use of existing transmission, getting more transmission constructed, as well as a variety of public policy, siting and other issues. The nonprofit is comprised of wind developers, environmental organizations, tribal representatives, public interest groups, clean energy advocates, farm groups, and businesses providing goods and services to the wind industry.
Interwest Energy Alliance
Region: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
The Interwest Energy Alliance is a trade association that brings the nation's renewable energy industry together with the West's advocacy community. Interwest’s members support state-level public policies that harness the West's abundant “inexhaustible” renewable energy and energy efficiency resources.
Mid Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition
Region: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, District of Columbia
The Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition (MAREC) is a nonprofit, Pennsylvania-based corporation joining wind developers, wind turbine manufacturers, service companies and nonprofit organizations dedicated to the growth of renewable energy technologies. MAREC works to improve and enhance the opportunities for renewable energy development in the nine jurisdictions in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Region: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
RENEW Northeast is a nonprofit association uniting the renewable energy industry and environmental interest groups. RENEW’s mission involves coordinating the ideas and resources of its members with the goal of promoting and increasing sustainable renewable energy in the Northeast.
Region: Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho
With a focus on bringing new generation to the next generation, Renewable Northwest (RNW)’s mission is to promote the implementation of environmentally responsible renewable resources, such as wind, solar and geothermal, in the Northwest.