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January 3, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Modified terms in PTC renewal will benefit industry, AWEA says
    The renewal of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 includes modified terms that could spark a revival in the sector, which was expected to contract in 2013. Unlike previous extensions of the PTC, the tax incentive now covers wind projects whose construction begins this year, not just those that go online within the year. "This extension allows the industry to reactivate development that had been on hold since mid-year," said Tom Vinson, senior director of federal and regulatory affairs for the American Wind Energy Association. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PTC extension lifts share prices of Vestas, others
    Share prices of Vestas Wind Systems, Gamesa and other European wind power companies rose after the U.S. Congress passed a budget bill extending the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "It's really good news for Vestas, because the American market and how it develops is extremely important," said Morten Albaek, chief marketing officer for the Danish company. However, the "late timing" of the legislation may result in a "significant reduction" in new installations compared to past years, Albaek said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Algonquin buys Goldwind's 109.5 MW wind farm in Ill.
    Algonquin Power & Utilities has bought the 109.5-megawatt Shady Oaks wind farm developed by China's Goldwind International in Illinois, the Chinese firm confirmed. "The sale of Shady Oaks marks a significant milestone for our growth in the Americas and demonstrates our ability to compete in a ferociously competitive wind market," said Tim Rosenzweig, Goldwind's CEO for the Americas. "This deal affirms that Goldwind will continue to make significant strides in the Americas in 2013 and beyond." (tiered subscription model) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Project Focus 
  • Developer asks N.H. to take jurisdiction of project
    Timbertop Wind, which proposes to build a wind farm in the New Hampshire towns of New Ipswich and Temple, has asked the state to take jurisdiction of the project. Timbertop Wind is asking the state to take over because the towns are imposing "substantive requirements inconsistent with [Site Evaluation Committee] precedent and state law," according to documents filed by an attorney for the company. The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Siemens may build wind turbine training facility in Fla.
    Siemens Energy is considering building an indoor training center for wind turbine technicians near Orlando International Airport in Florida. The city of Orlando, Orange County and the state of Florida have approved nearly $600,000 in economic incentives if Siemens chooses to build the training center there. Siemens is also considering building the facility in Houston, where the company's current training program is based. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Rep. Issa takes aim at modified terms in PTC extension
    Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said the modified terms in the extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit is of "serious interest" to his committee. Unlike previous extensions, the PTC now covers wind projects that begin construction this year, not just those that enter service this year. The wind industry, which experienced layoffs last year as a result of policy uncertainty, can now turn its attention to a longer-term solution. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sen. Sanders defends federal incentives for wind power
    A Wall Street Journal editorial and a companion op-ed by former Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, were unfair to single out the tax incentives for wind power, writes Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., in a letter to the editor. While the editorial and Gramm objected to the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, they ignored the "more than $113 billion in federal subsidies that will go to fossil-fuel industries over the next 10 years alone," Sanders notes. The Wall Street Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWEA News 
  • Study on Turbine Lifespan "Just More Anti-Wind Propaganda"
    The anti-wind energy Renewable Energy Foundation recently published an "anonymously peer-reviewed" study by wind energy critic Gordon Hughes claiming that the economic life of wind turbines is 10 to 15 years rather than the 20 to 25 years stated by the wind industry, writes Julia Scola in an article cross-posted from the European Wind Energy Association blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • O&M Seminar: Comment on Recommended Practices Draft
    The draft AWEA Operations & Maintenance Recommended Practices will be distributed and discussed at the Wind Project Operations, Maintenance & Reliability Seminar. Only registered attendees of this event and active members of the AWEA O&M Working Group, will be given the chance to preview and make initial comments on this critical document. The seminar takes place Jan. 15 and 16 in La Jolla, Calif. Learn more. 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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