Opinion: Okla. continues to enjoy growth in wind energy | Report: Global grid-connected wind capacity has surpassed 500 GW | Analyst: Del. group could suggest increased RPS, offshore wind carve-out
October 18, 2017
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Opinion: Okla. continues to enjoy growth in wind energy
Federal wind energy tax incentives continue to encourage wind development in Oklahoma despite a lack of state support mechanisms, says Adam Wilmoth, energy editor at The Oklahoman. The American Wind Energy Association said Oklahoma should add more than 1,600 megawatts of installed wind capacity in 2017, not counting the Public Service Co. of Oklahoma's Wind Catcher project.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (10/18) 
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Report: Global grid-connected wind capacity has surpassed 500 GW
The world's total grid-connected installed wind capacity surpassed 500 gigawatts in 2017, according to Windpower Intelligence. The report said North America accounted for 98.6 GW of that amount.
Windpower Monthly (UK) (free content) (10/18) 
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Analyst: Del. group could suggest increased RPS, offshore wind carve-out
Increasing Delaware's Renewable Portfolio Standard and creating a carve-out for offshore wind are two possible ways the state's Offshore Wind Working Group may suggest jump-starting Delaware's offshore wind industry, says MAKE Consulting's Anthony Logan. The group is expected to make recommendations by Dec. 15.
Greentech Media (10/18) 
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Project Focus
GE wins 158-MW turbine supply deal in Serbia
GE wins 158-MW turbine supply deal in Serbia
2.5 and 2.75-120 wind turbines in Germany (General Electric)
General Electric has agreed to supply Vetroelektrane Balkana's 158-megawatt Cibuk 1 project in Serbia with 57 2.75-120 turbines featuring blades from LM Wind Power. GE said the deal includes a 15-year service contract.
ReNews (UK) (10/17) 
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5-turbine wind farm begins operation off Scotland's coast
A five-turbine, 30-megawatt floating wind farm off the Scotland coast has begun operations after being built by Statoil and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. "Hywind will provide clean energy to over 20,000 homes and will help us meet our ambitious climate change targets," said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
BBC (10/18),  Bloomberg (free registration) (10/18) 
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
Operations & Maintenance
Vestas extends deal with Hexcel for composite materials supply
Vestas has entered into a multiyear deal with Hexcel to continue receiving glass fiber-reinforced resin systems for turbine blades.
North American Windpower online (10/16) 
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LM Wind designs new blade for Goldwind offshore wind turbine class
LM Wind Power has developed a new blade for Goldwind's 6.7-megawatt offshore wind turbine series that measures 75.1 meters in diameter, making it the longest of its kind of the Chinese market.
ReNews (UK) (10/18) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Vattenfall picks Borg as chief financial officer
Anna Borg has been promoted to chief financial officer at Vattenfall, effective Nov. 1. "She has the ability as CFO to lead many of Vattenfall's transformation programs," said President and CEO Magnus Hall.
ReNews (UK) (10/18) 
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Policy Watch
Opinion: States must prepare for move away from coal
The US transition from coal isn't going to stop, so states should start considering how utilities will replace the energy source and what that means for residents, the environment and economy, writes Elliott Negin of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
HuffPost (10/12) 
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Understanding the economic benefits of wind power: A conversation with Tom Kiernan
American wind power is increasingly becoming an economic driver for the US economy and is on track to meet 10% of our energy needs by 2020. Jon Powers of CleanCapital recently sat down with Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, for an interesting discussion on the growing industry. Learn more.
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