Programs
A Renewable America

Grid Campaign

Another part of ARA is the Grid Campaign, which focuses on accelerating deployment of renewable energy by shaping market rules, utility procurements, and transmission planning. In PJM and MISO, we are working with industry leaders and other experts to develop an advocacy agenda on market rules that will increase the pace of wind and solar deployment by properly valuing the many benefits that wind, solar, and storage provide to the grid.

In Texas, we are producing a report and events to highlight the economic benefits that the wind and solar industries have delivered to the state over the last decade. Events highlighting the report will begin in October. The report and events will be critical to building decision maker and public support for needed policy actions at ERCOT and the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

In New Mexico, we’ve teamed up with Interwest Energy Alliance to deliver expert testimony highlighting needed improvements to the PNM Integrated Resource Plan, improvements needed to increase future renewable energy procurement. This testimony is available on the ARA website.

Look for the new reports and advocacy materials on these important topics on the website soon.

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A Renewable America

Jobs tour

For too long, the debate over the U.S. energy future has been framed as a choice between jobs and environmental protection. The Jobs Tour is changing the dialogue about the economic benefits of switching to a cleaner energy economy and improving the messengers, by enlisting local business leaders from the major renewable sectors to share their success stories with the public and with decision makers.

As part of this campaign, we are building awareness of the emerging success story of renewable power from the ground up, in the communities where the economic benefits are being realized. The Jobs Tour is traveling to key states around the country highlighting the job creation and other economic benefits of the growing wind and solar industries.

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Electric Nation

Powered By Wind

Electric Nation: Powered by Wind is the Wind Solar Alliance’s campaign to enlist wind energy supporters to become active on social media to educate others about the importance of accelerating the United State’s transition to this clean, homegrown source of electricity. Many of wind energy’s supporters are currently sitting on the sidelines of the national debate over what kind of energy should be used to power our homes and businesses. Our goal is to persuade them that by getting active on social media, they can help accelerate the shift to clean energy while having fun and becoming connected to a vibrant, online community.

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WRISE

Wind at Our Backs Scholarship

In 2016, our organization began a partnership with the Women of Wind Energy (now the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy) and the American Wind Energy Association to launch a new scholarship program for women in training programs for wind technicians.

This Scholarship furthers the education of women in wind energy and is designed to help diversify the wind energy workforce and provide greater opportunities for women in the field. The scholarship was conceived of by NextEra Energy and is sponsored by Blattner Energy, GE Renewable Energy, the NextEra Energy Foundation, and Suzlon. With this generous support, WSA offers $2,500 scholarships, which includes a trip to WINDPOWER, the industry’s premier trade show and educational event. At WINPOWER, scholarship recipients can attend seminars on current wind energy issues, view state-of-the-art technology, meet others in the renewable energy field, and connect with potential employers.

The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.  An application and evaluation process is used to determine scholarship recipients, with a target of granting three-to-five scholarships each year. Recipients are selected based on the following criteria:

  • active enrollment in a wind technician or similar program at an accredited college, university, or vocational institution
  • a demonstrated interest in renewable energy
  • proven track record of academic success
  • work and volunteer experience
  • potential for future contributions to the U.S. renewable energy community
  • financial need

How to Apply

Please note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Application materials must include:

  • Current resume or professional vitae
  • Essay (approx. 500-1000 words) describing why you are interested in the Scholarship, highlights of academic and work history, experience in wind and renewable energy, career goal(s), reasons for attending the WINDPOWER conference, how you would use the funds, and how attendance will benefit you, your community, campus, and/or organization. Please also explain why you need this fellowship to be able to attend or if you potentially have access to other funds.
  • Academic transcript (official or unofficial)
  • At least one Letter of Recommendation.*
  • Letters of Recommendation must be emailed directly to fellowships@WRISEnergy.org being sure the Applicant’s name is included in the subject line.
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