The wind energy industry is growing worldwide, and so is the global competition between turbine-makers. That battle is now playing out in Wyoming, a state with some of the best wind potential in the nation. To get an edge, a Chinese company is trying to win over some of the state’s scant pool of workers through free training to become a wind turbine technician.
Election day is creeping closer. And the next president could change the energy landscape of states that rely on coal, oil and gas. Inside Energy’s Amy Sisk looks at how the next president would affect energy-state North Dakota.
Legislators see the increase as a way to raise revenues in the face of a massive budget shortfall due to a drop in coal, oil and gas production. But wind developers say it’s a dangerous gamble for a state that has some of the best wind power potential in the nation.
Picture the wind turbine technician, a worker with a hard hat and climbing harness perched atop a tall white tower, making sure those power-generating blades are spinning just right. That job is the fastest growing profession in the country right now.
Energy development is a key factor that threatens sage grouse, and some western conservationists are speaking out most urgently against a power source often thought of as one of the greenest — wind farms.