The need for U.S. energy independence and economic security, coupled with the search for lower impact power sources, is driving demand for clean, alternative energy solutions like wind energy.

In order to meet increased demand for wind energy solutions, especially at utility scale, superior materials and automated manufacturing are required. Astraeus through collaboration with MAG Industrial Automation Systems can bring MAG composite skills and experience from the automated aircraft carbon fiber manufacturing industry to the Wind industry. Astraeus has recently obtained $7 million in federal funding to begin addressing the need for lower costs and better solutions for the wind energy industry with a focus on low cost machining of hubs. The additional funding requested will allow Astraeus to expand and accelerate the scope of the original federally funded project beyond automation methods for hub machining helping to address the entire rotor system including composite blades, an area of primary failure in today's market.

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PEW Environment - Business Leaders Call for National Energy Policy

The lack of long term, predictable federal policy is impeding development of clean energy in the United States, stalling investments and hamstringing job creation at a critical time in the nation’s history.

Headwinds: Manufacturers hope wind production tax credit gets extended

While politicians debate about the federal renewable energy production tax credit, some manufacturers think everyone is missing the point. The conversation isn’t about green energy, they say, it’s about innovation.

Today's Energy Solutions - MI Businesses Unveil Advanced Energy Trade Group

Michigan companies in the advanced and renewable energy sector announced the creation of the Energy Innovation Business Council, a new trade group focused on growing Michigan's advanced energy industry, and unveiled a benchmark study on their sector's jobs and economic impact.

GONGWER Michigan - Energy Coalition Launches (.PDF)

The Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC), a new trade group focused on expanding the state's advanced energy industry, formally launched Wednesday.

Crain's Detroit Business - Study trumpets $5 billion-a-year potential for renewable-energy industry in Michigan (.PDF)

Lansing - Michigan can take several approaches to encourage the growth of the state's renewable-energy industry, says a study released today by a newly formed trade association.

The News-Herald - Former Rep. to head new clean-energy advocacy group

Lansing - Former state Rep. Edward Clemente is hoping to draw more green-energy companies and jobs to Michigan.

Crain's Detroit Business - Renewable Energy forms trade association for advocacy (.PDF)

Renewable energy companies and component makers could have a $6 billion impact on Michigan's economy, says a new trade association devoted to advocating for accelerating the growth of that sector within the state.

MIRS Capital Capsule - Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Number Moved to 25% by '25 Under Ballot Proposal (.PDF)

Twenty five percent of the energy Michigan-based utilities generate or purchase by 2025 would need to come from wind, solar, biomass or hydropower under a constitutional amendment being proposed by a coalition of businesses, organized labor, health groups and environmentalists.

Detroit Free Press - Proposal would raise state's renewable electricity goal to 25% by 2025 (.PDF)

LANSING -- A group wants to amend Michigan's constitution to more than double the existing requirement for how much of the state's electricity must come from renewable sources by 2025.

Windpower Engineering - Building a better wind blade, in Michigan

The three companies have agreed to develop automated manufacturing equipment focused on improving the manufacture of wind-turbine-blade components, and finished blades, for the wind industry.