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January 9, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Canadian fund manager invests $500M in 13 Invenergy wind farms
    Canada-based fund manager Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec has made a $500 million investment in 13 wind farms owned by Invenergy. Eleven of the wind farms are in the U.S. and two are in Canada. "In addition to generating stable and predictable long- term returns, the projects will enable us to broaden our presence in a forward-looking sector -- renewable energy," said Macky Tall, senior vice president of infrastructure for the Canadian firm. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China seeks to add 49 GW of renewable power this year
    China is planning to install 49 gigawatts of renewable-energy capacity in 2013 as part of efforts to increase overall capacity without boosting its dependence on fossil fuels, the National Energy Administration announced on its website. China wants to install 18 GW of wind power, 21 GW of hydro and 10 GW of solar capacity, the agency said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Project Focus 
  • BP switches on Pa.'s biggest wind farm
    BP Wind Energy's Mehoopany wind farm in Pennsylvania's Wyoming County has achieved operational status. The $250 million, 88-turbine wind farm is the biggest in the state, capable of generating enough power for 40,000 households. The wind farm delivers power to Old Dominion Electric Cooperative in Virginia and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative under long-term deals. The Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PTC extension clears way for 75-MW Neb. wind project
    Midwest Wind Energy can now proceed with its 75-megawatt Broken Bow Wind II project in Nebraska after Congress extended the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "The extension of the PTC means that BBII should go under construction as soon as possible," said Tom Swierczewski, the company's director of development. "There are several business decisions that play into the schedule (turbine purchasing, sale of the asset to equity, etc.) but the PTC was the last remaining stumbling block," he said. Kearney Hub (Neb.) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EDF's 150-MW wind farm in Texas starts sending power
    EDF Renewable Energy's Bobcat Bluff wind farm in Archer County, Texas, started generating power on Dec. 26, the company said in a statement. The 150-megawatt wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity for about 40,000 households. Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wind project in Mass. town awaits final ruling from arbitrator
    A proposed wind turbine project near a golf course in Milton, Mass., is awaiting an arbitrator's final ruling on a lease deal between the town and Quarry Hills Associates, which owns the golf course, said William Clark, the town's planning director. A draft ruling by the arbitrator shows that the town could proceed with the project, but must switch off the turbine when the golf course is in use, Clark said. Quarry Hills Associates says the project violates the terms of the lease deal. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Opinion: No connection with wind turbine sound, health problems
    A study sponsored by Wisconsin regulators failed to find solid evidence that low-frequency sounds from a wind farm in Brown County, Wis., are causing health problems in nearby residents, writes Chris Rickert. Of the three houses where such sounds were detected, only one was the sound from outside the house itself, and researchers are not sure if it caused any health complaints, Rickert states. "Regarding health impacts from inaudible sound, it's important to note that these sounds are not new or unique to wind turbines," said Tyson Cook, a scientist at Clean Wisconsin. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Work-share programs may help prevent more wind sector layoffs
    The work-share program adopted by Vestas Wind Systems allows the company to reduce costs while retaining employees with valuable work experience and avoiding the costs of rehiring and training new personnel if wind turbine orders were to rebound later this year, said spokesman Andrew Longeteig. If more companies adopted similar work-share programs, the industry may mitigate the impact of the 11th-hour extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit, said Pedro Guillen, a partner at advisory firm Kinetik Partners. North American Windpower online (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  AWEA News 
  • 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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