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Media Advisory: Gov. Hickenlooper, industry stakeholders, to highlight Colorado as wind power leader

Wind industry set to release annual report at Denver press conference


Gov. Hickenlooper, industry stakeholders, to highlight Colorado as wind power leader 

Wind industry set to release annual report at Denver press conference 

DENVER, April 12, 2016 – Members of the press are invited to attend an exclusive live press conference release of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) 2015 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, which will show the U.S. wind energy industry supporting more jobs than ever.

Colorado’s leadership in expanding wind power has enabled the state to attract thousands of quality jobs while cutting costs on electricity bills and creating clean air.

Click here to view the report’s current press kit (to be updated on release day).

RSVP: Credentialed members of the media should contact Evan Vaughan at, (202) 431-4640 for details and to confirm participation. 

Who: Colorado’s chief executive joins with wind industry to reveal new data.

  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Chris Brown, President, Vestas Americas
  • David Eves, President, Public Service Company Colorado, (Xcel Energy)
  • Jaime Steve, Vice President, Government Relations, RES-Americas
  • Auston Van Slyke, Program Director, EcoTech Institute
  • Tom Darin, Senior Director, Western State Policy, AWEA
  • John Hensley, Manager, Industry Data & Analysis, AWEA 

WhenTUESDAY, April, 12 at 9:15 a.m. MT 

Where:  Brighton, Colorado (For full details contact Evan Vaughan.) 

Background: Wind power installed more new electric generating capacity in 2015 than any other energy source and the wind industry is home to the fastest growing profession in the U.S. according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – the wind turbine technician. AWEA’s annual market report is the most comprehensive look at the U.S. wind energy industry, providing the latest data on U.S. wind projects, wind turbine and component manufacturing, market rankings and key industry players, and the impact of the U.S. wind energy industry.

AWEA’s current fact sheet on Colorado can be found here: 

The press conference will take place at Vestas Wind Systems’ Brighton Nacelle manufacturing facility that employs nearly 3,700 Colorado workers building America’s wind turbines. In the background of the event space are nacelles manufactured at Vestas’s Brighton facility, these house all of the generating components in a wind turbine.

AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 114,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, serving as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind energy event, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Denver, June 1-4, 2020. WINDPOWER 2020 will be housed within CLEANPOWER, the new exhibition hub for utility-scale renewable energy, bringing together wind power, solar power, and energy storage industries. Find information about wind energy on the AWEA website. Gain insight into industry issues on AWEA's blog, Into the Wind. And please join us on Facebook and follow @AWEA on Twitter and LinkedIn.