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February 20, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Defeat of Wyo. bill removes hurdle from 1,000-turbine wind project
    After the defeat of a Wyoming Senate bill that would have placed spending restrictions on utility-scale wind projects, Power Co. of Wyoming will meet with state regulators next month to determine how best to proceed with its proposed 1,000-turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project. The company withheld its application in January because the project would not have complied with the bill, which would have directed projects of a certain size to spend at least 25% of their projected cost in the first two years of approval, a company spokeswoman said. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Xcel asks Colo. regulators to act fast on wind project bid request
    Xcel Energy called on Colorado regulators to act fast on the firm's request for bids for wind projects to give contractors time to qualify for the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "We have a great opportunity to see if additional wind resources in Colorado would be of economic benefit to our customers with the extension of the federal tax credit, but we must act quickly. Our request is not being driven by state renewable energy standards, but by the opportunity to reduce costs," said Xcel's Ben Fowke in a statement. American City Business Journals/Denver (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dong Energy to sell Polish wind assets for $320M
    Denmark's Dong Energy has entered into a deal to sell its wind assets in Poland to Polish utilities PGE and Energa for $320 million. Under the deal, PGE will get 60.5 megawatts of operational capacity and 55 MW under development, while Energa will get a 51-MW wind farm and 220 MW of assets in the pipeline, regulatory documents showed. The sale will help Dong Energy raise funds for offshore wind expansion while cutting costs, and allow PGE and Energa to shift from aging coal-powered plants to cleaner energy sources. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2 Japanese offshore wind farms to become operational this year
    A 2.4-megawatt wind turbine off the coast of Japan's Chiba prefecture is expected to start producing power this year. The turbine is a research venture of the country's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization and Tokyo Electric Power, said Masaharu Itoh, director of the organization's new energy technology department. The organization also intends to build a 2-MW offshore wind turbine near Kyushu Island in March with Electric Power Development, Itoh said. Bloomberg (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Facebook likes wind-turbine design contest for students
    A middle school teacher in Crook County, Ore., received a $15,000 grant from Facebook to organize a wind-turbine design contest for students, called the KidWind Challenge. The program also received expressions of support from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Portland Public Schools, the Central Oregon High Desert Education Service District. The KidWind Challenge has been limited to state-level competitions for the past seven years, but this year state winners will go head to head for the first-ever nationwide contest in Washington, D.C. SustainableBusinessOregon.com (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • OSHA's guidance on fixed ladders was "narrow in scope," AWEA says
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a letter of interpretation indicating that fixed ladders within wind turbines must have a minimum clearance of 30 inches and conform to the standard specified in 29 CFR 1910.27. OSHA's blanket rule, however, poses challenges owing to the wide variety of equipment used by the industry, said Michelle Mihelic, manager for labor, health and safety policy at the American Wind Energy Association. She said the industry will continue to work with OSHA to address concerns. North American Windpower online (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FERC receives comments on cost-allocation policy
    Interstate Power & Light is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to address concerns about the cost allocation of interconnection projects, saying its customers are unfairly paying for the cost of ITC Midwest transmission upgrades linking wind farms to the power grid. ITC Midwest rejects Interstate Power & Light's claim, saying the utility is magnifying the costs while overlooking the benefits. The American Wind Energy Association and other renewable-energy advocates have submitted comments asking FERC to maintain its methodology for allocating costs. Midwest Energy News (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • WINDPOWER 2013 Means Value
    Wind energy business solutions can be found in the people and educational programming at AWEA WINDPOWER 2013 in Chicago. Hear the answers you need, meet the contacts you want to meet and identify the solutions that will build your success. WINDPOWER offers AWEA Committees and Working Groups a venue to convene on important issues and mingle with other industry leaders that are shaping change. Find out about the AWEA member-only early discount. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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We must travel in the direction of our fear."
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