Global Wind Energy Council

Pellentesque commodo, neque scelerisque aliquam malesuada, dui dolor semper leo, a sagittis velits at nunc. Nam sit amet.The Global Wind Energy Council helps open up new markets for wind energy. GWEC has a proven track record of success in helping to build the wind energy industry in emerging markets around the world, including China, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, India, Argentina, and Vietnam

Karin Ohlenforst has agreed to join GWEC as its new Director of Market Intelligence and will start in the role on 1 December 2018. Karin will develop GWEC’s newly formed Market Intelligence unit, which will support GWEC’s policy and stakeholder engagement world-wide and create proprietary insight for GWEC’s members.

“Karin will bring invaluable insight and experience to GWEC, and help to develop the on-point, evidence based arguments that will allow us to be effective in our engagement with governments and other stakeholders,” says Ben Backwell, GWEC CEO.

Karin has 18 years of experience working in the field of market intelligence. Before joining GWEC, she was Head of Market and Customer Intelligence at turbine manufacturer Vestas, focusing on market forecasting and customer insights in the renewable energy space. She worked on Vestas’ strategy development in the transitioning energy landscape, generating fact-based insights for Vestas’ leadership team.

Prior to joining Vestas, Karin spent 10 years in McKinsey’s Research and Information unit as an analyst. Her focus was on the automotive and machinery industry also covering equipment manufacturing for energy generation, which eventually made her enter the renewable energy industry.

Karin holds a master in Social Sciences from the University of Bonn, Germany and speaks German, English and Danish.

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Like everything in Texas, wind power is super-sized in the Lone Star State. Texas has more installed wind capacity than the Oklahoma, Iowa and California combined, the states occupying slots two through four on America’s wind leader board. In fact, only four countries in the entire world have built more wind than Texas.

Now, a new report authored by TXP and IdeasSmiths has put numbers on the many benefits renewable energy brings to Texas, the vast majority of which come from wind. Here’s the headliner: Renewables saved Texans $5.7 billion between 2010 and 2017. Not a bad chunk of change.

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Because Texas wind energy has become so affordable, major energy users are seeking to power their operations using Texas wind power. The new report also catalogues all of the businesses relocating or expanding operations in Texas to take advantage of the state’s renewable resources. These companies come from a diverse cross-section of the U.S. economy. Data centers from companies like Amazon and Google run on Texas wind, as does a GM factory that builds trucks and SUVs, an Anheuser-Busch brewery, and a Procter & Gamble home goods factory, among others.

“It’s a great economic development tool because there’s a lot of high-quality companies in this country that have robust green energy policies,” said Dale Ross, mayor of Georgetown, Texas, which is one of the largest cities in the country to run on 100 percent renewable energy.

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Besides keeping more money in the pockets of Texas families and businesses, wind also provides communities with substantial new revenue that can be used to fix roads and fund law enforcement. In particular, these new resources have been a huge boon for Texas schools. According to the report, Texas schools received more than $163 million in renewable energy payments in 2017 alone. That’s especially meaningful in the rural districts where wind and solar projects are usually built, as these areas often struggle to adequately funds schools. For example, wind projects have allowed Texas schools to undertake projects like improving classrooms, building new football fields, and providing students with iPads.

To learn more about renewable energy’s Texas-sized benefits, you can download the full report here.

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This Veterans Day AWEA is celebrating by launching a campaign to honor our Veterans. 

The U.S. wind industry proudly hires veterans at a rate 72 percent higher than the national average, and the skills, teamwork and dedication they acquire while serving are perfect fits for wind work. Last week, we visited wind projects in Texas and Illinois to meet some of our veterans and thank them for their service.  

Matt Buck – U.S. Navy Veteran   

Before becoming a wind technician, U.S. Navy Veteran Matt Buck was an E-4 Air Traffic Controller. Buck did one tour to the Gulf of Oman on the Theodore Roosevelt Air Craft Carrier before spending two years in the reserves. 

After the Navy, Buck worked odd jobs, eventually finding construction work in the Bishop Hill area of Illinois. When Invenergy’s Bishop Hill Wind Farm came to town, he applied for job.  

Buck has worked as a wind technician at the Bishop Hill Wind Farm for the past six and half years. He says it’s the leadership skills and work ethic that he learned in the Navy that have helped him to excel. 

Jeff Potter – U.S. Army Veteran  

Before working in the wind industry, Jeff Potter served four years as a Corporal in the U.S. Army. He has been stationed at Ft. Stewart in Georgia and in Vilseck, Germany. He has also been deployed to Haiti and Bosnia. 

Since leaving the Army, Potter has worked in the wind industry for 11 years. Potter is an Operations & Maintenance Technician at the Camp Springs Wind Farm in Snyder, Texas. 

Zack Snyder – U.S. Army Veteran 

Zack Snyder first saw wind turbines while stationed in Germany. During his four years in the Army, Snyder was also stationed in Israel and at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.  

Snyder learned more about wind energy at a job fair back at Fort Leonard Wood, but didn’t get into the industry right away. After briefly working maintenance at a local hospital, Snyder went to a wind energy training program before getting a job at the Bishop Hill Wind Farm as a wind technician.  

Snyder has worked at Bishop Hill for four years. For him, wind is shaping up to be a rewarding long-term career. He thinks veterans are drawn to the career because of the mix of adrenaline and physical labor. He wants to climb the towers for as long as he can, but eventually sees himself work in management.  


It’s clear that these veterans are a great fit for wind-powered careers. They bring value, experience and integrity to the job. On this Veterans Day we thank them for their service to our country. 

To see more about what these veterans and others had to say about working in the wind industry, check out AWEA’s Facebook page and follow @AWEA on Twitter! 

Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service!

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