It is with great sadness I must inform you that this issue represents the final print edition of NAW.
The business model for print publications has become extremely challenging for publishers in all facets of media, and we are not immune. Changing attitudes about how readers prefer to consume news and information necessitate the need for us to change, too. Going forward, we are shifting to 100% digital – the appetites of the readers and advertisers have changed. Therefore, the website, email newsletter, mobile and other digital media is where everything is turning (and has already largely turned).
The North American wind market has come a long way since the magazine’s founding in 2004. With that mind, we bring to you four features this issue that celebrate how far the wind industry has come. Then again, one feature, from our second issue, is remarkable for how things have not really changed at all.
On a personal note, this issue represents my 105th – and final – issue as the magazine’s editor. Although I’ve never climbed a wind turbine (I have a healthy fear of heights), installed a met tower or filed a county permit, I leave with a healthy respect for it all because of you, the men and women who patiently fielded my calls and endured my inevitable follow-up questions. I’ve said it many times: It’s a big continent out there, and we needed as many feet on the street to help inform our coverage. We truly couldn’t have done the market justice without the help of the American Wind Energy Association and Canadian Wind Energy Association, as well as the countless scores of wind energy executives, suppliers, and in-house communicators and public relations executives. To each of you, I offer a heartfelt thank you.
Lastly, I’d like to recognize my predecessors Bill Opalka and Jennifer Delony. Both were instrumental in establishing the magazine’s style and voice, particularly in its early going. When I inherited the brand in 2009, I vowed only to maintain its high editorial standards. Hopefully, I’ve managed to uphold that promise. And sadly, that’s the best I could do with my editor’s photo. Thanks for reading. w