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1. Report: Top 10 turbine manufacturers broke records last year

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

The 10 wind turbine manufacturers whose equipment had the greatest installed wind capacity in 2014 all broke installation records last year, according to FTI Consulting. Vestas' wind turbines had the greatest installed capacity by a "significant margin," added the report. ReNews.biz (U.K.) (02/23)


2. Iberdrola to increase U.S. presence by acquiring UIL

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Iberdrola said today that it will acquire UIL Holdings in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $3 billion. UIL holds the second-largest wind power generation portfolio in the country, and the acquisition would help Iberdrola achieve its goal to increase its presence in the U.S. through 2016, said the company. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (02/26)


3. S.D. county denies proposal to build meteorological towers

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Lincoln County, S.D., officials have denied Dakota Power Community Wind's request to construct five meteorological towers in the county in order to research its potential for wind energy. Company officials may ask the county to reconsider its decision. About 140 investors have already expressed interest in the project, said Dakota Plains Energy spokesman Rob Johnson. Aberdeen American News (S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (02/24)


4. NextEra seeks to build wind farm in Hawaii

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

NextEra Energy plans to build the Kahikinui Wind farm on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The wind farm will have a total capacity of at least 120 megawatts, said the company. The project has the potential to become Hawaii's largest wind farm, added a spokesman. American City Business Journals (02/20)


5. Eiffel Tower gets green makeover, micro wind turbines

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Two VisionAIR5 micro wind turbines have been installed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of an ongoing effort to give the structure an environmentally friendly overhaul. The wind turbines generated 10,000 kilowatt-hours of wind energy annually. UGE produced the micro models. CleanTechnica (02/24)


6. Okla. House committee advances bill to restrict wind industry

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

The Oklahoma House Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would create new siting requirements for the state's wind industry. According to the bill, wind farm developers would need to hold a public hearing and notify landowners before beginning construction. The bill also would also set new restrictions on the distance required between wind turbines and airports and schools. Republic (Columbus, Ind.), The (02/24)


7. Opinion: Corporate entities purchasing renewable energy a long-term trend

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

A number of corporate entities, such as Apple, Google, Citigroup, Kaiser Permanente, Amazon and General Motors, have begun purchasing power from renewable sources -- signaling the rise of a long-term trend among corporations, writes Manish Bapna. "[C]orporate reputation is one of the drivers, but falling renewable energy prices are also creating opportunities to save money on utility bills," he writes. Forbes (02/23)


8. Opinion: It's time for conservatives to rally behind clean energy

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Many states are embracing clean energy, including wind energy and solar power -- and the time has come for Republicans to support it on a national scale as well, argues Michele Combs, president and founder of Young Conservatives for Energy Reform. Energy policy is a bipartisan issue, and many states with wind farms are traditionally red states, she writes. "Conservative states are benefiting from clean energy. So is the rest of the nation. Now is the time for Republicans to show national leadership on this winning issue," she writes. Breaking Energy (02/24)


9. Maine regulators to reconsider 2 wind farms after granting approval

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Maine's Public Utilities Commission will reopen negotiations for two wind farms that it granted approval for in December. The potential economic benefit of the projects may be different now, as the energy market has changed over the past two months, said Commissioners Mark Vannoy and Carlie McLean. Commissioner David Littell disagreed with the decision, saying that there is no basis to re-evaluate the projects. Wichita Eagle (Kan.), The (02/25)


10. Opinion: Offering tax incentives for wind will yield long-term benefits

Wind Energy SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Every successful economy needs affordable and plentiful energy -- and offering the wind industry tax incentives today is one way the U.S. can prepare for the future, writes Loren Steffy. "Development of wind technology could help address the country's future energy needs and fill an important role in diversifying our energy portfolio and enhancing energy security," he writes. Forbes (02/25)




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