Barge transportation on America’s vast inland waterways system is the most economical, safest and greenest way to keep the wind power industry on the move – moving wind turbines more efficiently and for a lower cost than railroads and trucks. Barges also consume less fuel and emit fewer pollutants. It’s the current wisdom, and it’s why American Commercial Lines urges you to do what it has been doing for nearly 100 years – Follow The River.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is a national trade association representing windpower project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry—one of the world’s fastest growing energy industries. In addition, AWEA represents hundreds of wind energy advocates from around the world. With over 2,400 members and advocates, AWEA is the hub of the wind energy industry.
The Ardmore Development Authority, Okla., has identified the wind industry as a target to attract companies to the area. The wind corridor (an area identified as having the strongest wind in the nation at a height of 50 feet) is located approximately 100 miles to the west of Ardmore. With its centralized U.S. location, immediate proximity to wind projects, and position in the heart of the wind corridor, Ardmore is an ideal site for tower and blade production, turbine component manufacturing, and repair and maintenance operations.
Publicly held Atlantic Container Line is a North Atlantic ocean carrier operating since 1967. Five identical vessels, each with a 3,100-TEU container, car, and RoRo capacity, make 50 calls weekly. Line slot exchanges enable ACL to offer six transatlantic services weekly. ACL also offers relay services between North America, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, Middle East, and Africa.
The Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) attracts new investors and businesses to Delaware, promotes expansion of existing industry, assists small and minority-owned businesses, promotes tourism, and creates new and improved employment opportunities for all Delaware citizens. Focusing on high-growth industries, DEDO believes the offshore wind industry brings near-term jobs and can transform Delaware’s economy in the long run, providing good-paying, skilled employment opportunities. Delaware understands the wind industry’s needs—from power purchasing, to supply chain, to policies.
Dumas, Texas, is surrounded by six sites for wind energy. Each site has 10 megawatts of power, with eight to 16 turbines. You can see wind turbines from U.S. Highway 152 from Dumas to Borger; U.S. Highway 287 from Dumas; and FM 281 from Etter to Sunray. The sixth site is being erected adjacent to the Valero-McKee Refinery. Wind energy is a big part of the Texas Panhandle, positioning Dumas to work with additional developers in the area on several proposed wind farms.
Look anywhere in the world and the Great Plains states of the Midwest have the greatest potential for the production of wind energy. E.W. Wylie, Headquartered in West Fargo, N.D., is centrally located and has the equipment and experience necessary to move wind towers, blades, turbines and components. Its tractor/trailer configurations can support loads of more than 240,000 pounds and segments up to 185 feet long. For more information, contact E.W. Wylie today.
As wind turbine components were added to cargo manifests, Gulf Stream Marine, an innovative stevedoring and marine terminal operator since 1990, increased its capabilities to support this growing industry need. Gulf Stream Marine’s goal is to become your trusted source for all your wind turbine stevedoring and marine terminal handling operations.
Thinking of Joplin, Mo., as the next site for your headquarters or distribution center? Your first stop should be the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Web site. You’ll find a complete business profile of Joplin, including population, location, infrastructure, labor, education, real estate, and cost-of-living statistics. The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit organization of business and professional people committed to improving the economic prosperity and quality of life in the Joplin area. Member of NASCO.