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October 30, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Largest global offshore wind farm goes online in the U.K.
    The biggest offshore wind farm in the world started sending electricity to the U.K.'s power grid Monday. The initial 151 turbines of the London Array offshore wind farm are now in service, with the remaining 24 expected to go online by the end of 2012, said owners Dong Energy, E.ON UK Renewables and Masdar. Once fully operational, the London Array will bring the U.K.'s total offshore wind capacity to nearly 3 gigawatts. Reuters (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Developer seeks investors for German offshore wind project
    Germany's Windreich is aiming to find new investors for its 400-megawatt MEG I offshore wind project by the end of 2012, said founder, chairman and CEO Willi Balz. The company has secured about $908.4 million of the $1.04 billion in equity needed for the project, Balz said. "We are confident that we can find investors for the remaining 100 million euros. There are many interested parties, including investors in Europe and the Middle East," Balz said. Reuters (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • German firms agree on temporary fix for offshore-wind link
    German developer Windreich is withdrawing its lawsuit against grid operator TenneT after the companies agreed on a temporary grid-connection solution for the 210-megawatt Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project. Under the deal, the project will be temporarily linked to the 800-MW BorWin2 transmission-hub project until its own hub, BorWin4, is finished. BorWin2 is under construction, while BorWin4 is "still in the tendering phase," the companies said. RechargeNews.com (tiered subscription model) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Wal-Mart cuts ribbon on new wind turbine in Calif.
    Wal-Mart held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday to mark the completion of a new wind turbine outside its distribution center in Red Bluff, Calif. The 340-foot turbine is expected to supply about 20% of the facility's power needs, said Darwyn Jones, general manager of the distribution center. "This project represents the kind of innovative and private sector solutions we need to get our economy back on track and spur job creation," said Rep. Wally Herger, R-Calif., at the event. Record Searchlight (Redding, Calif.) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • PTC uncertainty hurting Iowa's wind-energy sector
    Some companies in Iowa's wind-power supply chain are racing to complete their projects to qualify for the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, while others are looking to shift their focus overseas or into other products if Congress doesn't extend the PTC beyond this year. "The short-term renewal strategy creates uncertainty in the marketplace and an inability to plan long-term," said Acciona Wind Power North America CEO Joe Baker. The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa)/IowaWatch (10/29)
  Policy Watch 
  • Now is not the time to end PTC, AWEA chairman says
    The uncertainty over the wind-energy Production Tax Credit is already causing some companies to lay off workers, and the November election could affect the likelihood of an extension, industry insiders said. "I think most people agree this is not a time to destabilize a growing and vibrant part of our economy, and that's what the wind industry represents," said Tom Carnahan, chairman of the American Wind Energy Association and CEO of Wind Rose Energy. McClatchy Washington Bureau (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ending PTC would harm Minn. economy, adviser to governor says
    Allowing the wind-energy Production Tax Credit to expire at the end of the year would have an adverse impact on job creation and the economy of Minnesota and the rest of the Midwest, said Matt Entenza, a senior adviser to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on clean energy. Ending the PTC would "kill wind energy" in the Midwest, Entenza said. Independent (Marshall, Minn.) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.
 
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