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March 4, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • MidAmerican Energy on course to have spent $13B in renewables
    MidAmerican Energy Holdings will account for 6% of the country's wind-power capacity and 14% of its solar power capacity once it completes three ongoing solar projects. Upon the projects' completion, MidAmerican will have invested about $13 billion in renewable energy, company owner Warren Buffett said in his annual letter to shareholders. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Court drops Ralls' request to stop sale of Texas wind farms
    A U.S. district court denied Ralls Corp.'s injunction request to stop the sale of wind farms in Texas that the Chinese-owned firm put up as collateral to acquire a property in Oregon for a now-scuttled wind project. The Obama administration stopped the company from building the facility, citing national security reasons since the site is close to a Navy base. "We intend to go forward with selling the Texas wind farms," said Robert Weigel, an attorney for Terna Energy, which previously owned the Oregon property. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feds issue rules on auction of offshore wind contract rights
    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued new regulations governing the auction of rights for offshore wind development contracts, a move that could undermine existing plans approved by state regulators, according to wind developers at an industry conference in Boston. However, the bureau assured that developers that have been working on state-backed projects would be given an advantage in the leasing process. "We're taking a step back to consider the policy issues ... to make sure we come up with an answer that is right," said BOEM Director Tommy Beaudreau at the conference, adding that the bureau has a "tremendous respect for the state process." (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. PUC OKs wind power PPA, resale deal for SoCalEd
    The California Public Utilities Commission signed off on a 20-year deal that allows Southern California Edison to buy power from the proposed Alta Wind XIII project in Mojave, Calif. The facility's expected capacity is 100 megawatts, but Terra-Gen Power has the option to increase it to 180 MW. The PUC also approved a request by SoCalEd to resell a slew of renewable-energy facilities in California to Energy America. SNL Financial (free content) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • Court rules in favor of Calif. wind project
    A federal judge in California has dismissed a slew of legal challenges filed by several parties in two separate lawsuits against Pattern Energy Group's Ocotillo wind project and the Bureau of Land Management. The judge ruled that the company and BLM thoroughly reviewed the project's impact and approved the needed mitigation measures. "These rulings confirmed that we and the BLM followed the rules, working with Native American tribes, community groups and local residents during the development process," said Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland. Imperial Valley Press (El Centro, Calif.) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wis. PSC votes against appeal bid by wind farm developer
    The Wisconsin Public Service Commission voted against an emergency request by Emerging Energies appealing the rejection of a construction permit for the $250 million Highland Wind Farm project. PSC Commissioner Ellen Nowak said granting the request would have gone against the commission's normal method of issuing a final written ruling before considering any appeal. Emerging Energies had sent its request before a written decision on the permit application was issued, Nowak said. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Minnesota Power puts more wind power in energy road map
    The extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit prompted Minnesota Power to include more wind power in the new clean energy road map it filed with the state Public Utilities Commission. The company is slated to issue a request for proposals for 200 megawatts of wind-generated power today, said spokeswoman Amy Rutledge. "It makes sense to look" at wind power because of the PTC, said Rutledge. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group to deploy offshore wind measurement system in Maine
    Researchers at the University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center and their colleagues are in a global race to develop technology that would measure wind speeds up to 600 feet above the ocean surface. They are working on a buoy-based light detection and ranging system, which they hope to launch in the Gulf of Maine by late May or early June, said Habib Dagher, the center's director. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Vt. bill would amend review process for wind projects
    A bill in the Vermont Senate is raising concerns among renewable energy advocates because it would alter the standard by which wind projects larger than 500 kilowatts would be evaluated. Under the bill, such projects must follow the state's Act 250 review process, which would make it easier for local and regional officials to stop them, said Paul Burns, executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. SNL Financial (free content) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Call for Abstracts: AWEA Wind Resource & Assessment Seminar
    Be a part of the AWEA Wind Resource & Project Energy Assessment Seminar, Dec. 10 to 11, in Las Vegas, the only event dedicated to wind energy's unique resource assessment issues. AWEA is looking for high quality abstracts to create an exciting, highly educational seminar program. Learn how to submit an abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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