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October 12, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Deepwater Wind financing could be secured by 2013, exec says
    Wind-energy developer Deepwater Wind believes it will secure funding next year for a $300 million demonstration wind project in the waters off Rhode Island, CEO Bill Moore said. The 30-megawatt project will require between $210 million and $215 million for five Siemens 6-MW turbines, and about $85 million for a submarine cable connecting the turbines to the mainland. Moore hopes to secure all the permits in the first quarter of 2013, as plans call for construction to begin sometime between 2014 and 2015. (tiered subscription model) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New rule may cause heavier wind-power curtailment in SPP territory
    A new rule slated to take effect next week could result in more wind-power curtailment in areas served by the Southwest Power Pool. Under the rule conditionally approved Sept. 20 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, wind facilities that will be activated after Oct. 15 could be curtailed by the SPP at the same time as natural gas and coal-fired generation facilities, said Wind Coalition consultant Steve Gaw. Current curtailment procedures dictate that wind power is the last to be taken offline. North American Windpower online (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Demo offshore wind project in N.J. to use monopiles
    Fishermen's Energy has opted to use monopile foundations for its demonstration offshore wind project near Atlantic City, N.J., said Victor Bolano, a consulting engineer for the project. The monopiles, which will be installed in waters 32 to 40 feet deep, will support five-megawatt direct-drive turbines with a 115-meter rotor sweep. (tiered subscription model) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • German ministry announces plan to cap support for wind power
    Germany's environment minister unveiled a proposal to scale back incentives for wind power as part of a broader effort to reform the country's renewable energy policy. The ministry also announced plans to increase Germany's renewable energy target to 40% by 2020, up from an initial goal of 35% and the current 25%. Reuters (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Focus 
  • Ohio board staff makes recommendations to wind project
    The staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board has endorsed construction of the Buckeye II Wind Farm in Ohio's Champaign County with three recommendations. The staff advised that developer Champaign Wind either move or reduce the size of two turbines, install ice safety equipment on the turbines and implement a system that would switch off the turbines if a medical emergency helicopter is approaching the area. If built, the wind farm would support 598 construction-related jobs, 38 permanent jobs and generate between $840,000 and $1.26 million per year in local taxes, the staff said. Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) (free registration) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medical software firm buys wind project in Wis.
    Medical software company Epic Systems has purchased what will be the first commercial wind power generation project in Dane County, Wis., from the Morse Group. Epic needs to work quickly to qualify for the wind-energy Production Tax Credit set to lapse on Dec. 31, said facilities and engineering director Bruce Richards. The six-turbine facility is expected to help offset the electricity requirement of Epic Systems' campus in the city of Verona. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Offshore wind ready to move from planning phase, conferees are told
    U.S. offshore wind projects are almost ready to move from the planning to the operational phase, said Jim Lanard, president of the Offshore Wind Development Coalition, at the 2012 American Wind Energy Association Offshore Windpower Conference in Virginia Beach, Va. "We would all like to be further along. But we're also very, very close," Lanard said. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling described their states as ripe for wind energy at the conference, and the DOE renewed its pledge of $180 million to wind energy. SNL Financial (free content) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. vies to become "epicenter" of mid-Atlantic offshore wind sector
    Virginia has the resources to become "the epicenter of the Atlantic coast offshore wind supply chain," said Jerry Giles, managing director of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, at the American Wind Energy Association Offshore Windpower 2012 summit in Virginia Beach, Va. "Only a few locations can guarantee the right combination of resources ... crucial to the wind energy industry's success," Giles said. He cited Virginia's capacity for shipbuilding and repair, convenient rail system, high-voltage transmission infrastructure and booming maritime workforce as ideal for offshore wind development. SNL Financial (free content) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cost of getting offshore industry is a challenge, speaker says
    There are about 15 offshore wind projects in the pipeline in the U.S., and while there's no question about their power potential, attendees of the AWEA Offshore WindPower 2012 conference are asking about how quickly and how cost-efficiently that potential can be developed. Building can't be done quickly and inexpensively, but government incentives could help offshore wind power become competitive through economies of scale, said Offshore Wind Development Coalition President Jim Lanard. Greentech Media (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Editorial: Extend PTC; Wind Has "Created Economic Boom"
    The Olympian newspaper in Olympia, Wash., recently became the latest of dozens across the country to endorse an extension of the federal wind-energy Production Tax Credit, pointing to the enormous economic benefits wind power has brought. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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